Armadillo: Frequently Asked Questions

Picture of armadillo hunting for food

Armadillos are not something homeowners see every day. It’s natural to have many questions regarding armadillo removal, control, and exclusion. Animals Happen is here to answer any and all questions you have regarding the armadillo control process. Follow along below to learn more about armadillos and why they have infested your property.

What Is Attracting Armadillos To My Home?

Armadillos dig to find insects to eat or create a hiding place in case of predators or humans. Poorly maintained lawns are full of grubs, which is a preferred meal of armadillos. If your lawn’s soil is insect-free, the armadillo will move on to find a better food source.

Fallen fruit from plants and vegetable trees are also taken advantage of by armadillos. If the fallen crops are not cleaned, it will attract both armadillos and other nuisance wildlife.

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How Much Damage Will Armadillos Create?

Armadillos are most destructive when digging, whether they’re searching for food or burrowing underground for shelter. Armadillos burrowing can cause cracks in sidewalks, driveways, and building foundations. Backyard gardens are often left in pieces after an infestation due to the constant search for food.

Wildlife removal technicians can determine the best control option by identifying areas of damage. After the armadillos are removed, the technicians can fill in burrows and repair most damage caused by the animals.

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How Do Professionals Remove An Armadillo Infestation?

Trapping is the most common method of armadillo removal used by wildlife control experts. Humane trapping allows wildlife technicians to capture the animals quickly and relocate them to a suitable habitat. When it comes to armadillos, it’s crucial to be prepared with the proper equipment and experience to eliminate an infestation safely.

The professional armadillo control process includes:

  • Initial inspection
  • Live Trap Setting
  • Trap Removal & Armadillo Relocation
  • Final Walkthrough (identify damage and weak points)

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How Much Does Armadillo Control Cost?

Most armadillo removal jobs involve trapping and removing the animals using ground-based live cage traps, which is much easier than dealing with critters inside a structure. More extensive jobs require the installation of armadillos proofing materials to ensure the critters don’t come back. Prices vary from town to town, depending on a variety of factors.

Straightforward removal of a single armadillo will range between $200-400. More extensive jobs such as infestation removal and damage repair will cost between $400 and $1000.

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What Are The Signs Of An Armadillo Problem?

Armadillos are nocturnal creatures who are most active at dawn and dusk. Armadillos prefer open areas with brushy undergrowth to hide in, as well as easy access to water. Check near backyard gardens, fruit trees, and less visited places of your lawn for armadillo activity such as burrows, tracks, and dug-out plants. If you see an armadillo, the animal has likely been digging a hole or burrow.

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Will Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Armadillo Removal?

Damage caused by wild animals is often not covered by homeowners insurance. Insurance companies often refuse coverage if they believe wild animal damage has occurred due to negligence or improper maintenance. Of course, there are always exceptions, and you should contact your insurance provider for the most accurate information. If you need help removing any wild animal from your home, contact Animals Happen right away.

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Do Armadillos Carry Disease?

The bacterium Mycobacterium leprae causes leprosy (Hansen’s Disease), which is a chronic, progressive bacterial infection found in Armadillos. It’s possible that they can spread it to humans through direct contact. If left untreated, it can result in severe disfigurement and disability. Leprosy is one of the oldest diseases ever to exist.

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How Can I Prevent An Armadillo Infestation?

Wildlife control professionals can remove armadillos’ access to food sources (ants, termites, and grubs). Underground fencing can also be used to keep the critters from burrowing into your lawn. The fencing is placed with the intent to guide the armadillos away from your home. Store-bought armadillo repellants are ineffective and end up being a waste of money rather than eradicating your armadillo problem.

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Do You Have Other Armadillo Removal Questions?

Do you have a concern regarding armadillos that we haven’t addressed? Give us a call at 833-633-1120 or send us a message. An expert wildlife control technician with decades of experience will get back to you with answers to any concerns you may have.