Control, Biology, Identification of Armadillos
An Armadillo can cause tremendous damage to cultivated areas
such as your manicured lawn, golf courses. This damage is due to this mammal's diet
of grubs, insects and other small invertebrates. While hunting for food, an
Armadillo can wreak havoc on turf, digging small to medium holes in numerous
locations. While there are many people who are fascinated with the Armadillo and its
habits, those who spend many long hours cultivating a nice lawn do not appreciate their
grassy front yard resembling a mine field!
Elimination of Nuisance Armadillos
There are several wildlife control measures that can be used in the elimination of
nuisance Armadillos: elimination of food source, trapping,
Shooting is a controversial subject and one that we will not discuss in this article. Check with your local, state and county before using this pest elimination method.
Most people will first try eliminating the insects or grubs in
their lawn as their first step in ridding themselves of destructive Armadillos. In
certain areas of the Southeast United States, the presence of Armadillos coincides with molecricket infestations in lawns
and grassy areas. If Armadillos are digging in your lawn because you have
molecricket problems, go to
In severe cases, a stubborn Armadillo might need a little help in leaving your lawn or golf course. If this is your situation, follow up your pesticide application with a good repellent or combination of repellents. The best results have been achieved by making two applications of Permethrin (about 10 days between applications) and applying your repellent 5 days following your second Permethrin Pro treatment.
The use of repellents is an attractive alternative animal control method for many people, for various reasons:
There are two types of products preferred by our customers for use in ridding their lawns and
gardens of nuisance burrowing wildlife: castor
oil spray and all natural granular repellents.
Armadillos can be difficult to repel. Be prepared to make a second application in 10 days if the animals' activity has not stopped.
Armadillo Control Summary
Armadillos can be controlled by:
Pesticide Application -- Spray lawn with Permethrin Pro; apply product with hose-end sprayer. You will need 1½ ounces Permethrin Pro concentrate per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Repeat application should be made two weeks later.
Combining Pesticide Application with
Repellents -- Make two applications of Permethrin Pro (2 weeks apart); wait 5 days;
apply your repellents.
Trapping -- Use the Safeguard Raccoon Trap to remove unwanted
Armadillos from lawns, gardens, orchards, golf courses and other areas. Bait your
trap with overripe fruit (such as apples or bananas,) earthworms held in thin netting or
panty hose materials. These traps are more effective when "wings" are
added to direct the Armadillo into the trap (see illustration below). Set the traps
in the area where the damage is occurring, for example, around the house, in the flower
garden, or in the vegetable garden. The trap can be used to capture
and relocate armadillos, raccoons,
stray cats and other small to medium animals. However, the wire mesh
is too large to hold rats. For rats and
squirrels, use the live