Armadillos are one of the most hated animals in Florida. They have been known to cause many problems such as destroying crops, damaging homes and even killing livestock. These pests usually prefer warm weather months when they are active during the day and at night they will sleep underground where their burrows are located. Their numbers increase rapidly during the summer months when food supplies dwindle, so it’s best not to feed them in your garden or any other area near your home.
The problem with armadillos is that they tend to be territorial and aggressive towards each other. If left unchecked, they will destroy everything in their path.
A good way to deal with them is to use a repellent. There are several types available but the most popular ones include peppermint oil, lemon juice and eucalyptus oil. Peppermint oil works well because it repels all insects except mosquitoes which are attracted to campfires. Lemon juice and eucalyptus oil work better than peppermint oil against armadillos, but they don’t deter moles.
There are some things you can do to discourage armadillos from entering your garden. You could put up warning signs or place traps around your property.
Traps are simple devices used to catch rodents like mice and rats. You need to place them at night in areas where armadillos are likely to pass by. You can make your own traps using a bucket, a board, wire and some bait. The bucket needs to have a small hole at the bottom big enough for an armadillo to enter but not big enough for it to get out. You will also need something sharp such as a nail or knife to make the hole. Place this contraption over the burrow entrance of the animal. The armadillo will try to dig another one and fall into the bucket where it can’t escape. You can dispose of it in the morning.
Another way to catch an armadillo is with a special trap called a “long-jump.” These can be bought in most hardware stores.
They are made of metal and have a long handle with a trigger attached to a bucket. To use one, push the trap into an armadillo hole until it stops and place the bucket over the hole. The next morning you can dispose of the animal. It’s best to set these traps near burrows. You will know where these are because you will see mounds of dirt near the ground. Also, if you discover armadillo holes and find no animals in them, it means they have burrowed deeper into the ground.
Other than trapping them, there isn’t much else you can do to get rid of armadillos unless you want to consider calling an expert to handle the issue for you. Most trappers will be able to get rid of them for you, but they tend to be expensive.
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