The nine-banded armadillo is the only breed of armadillo you will find here in the States. While they are not native to the West Palm Beach area, the warm and humid climate makes perfect conditions for this armored creature to thrive. The armadillos you see will most likely be about the size of a cat and their short legs keep them low to the ground. Unfortunately, if you end up with one in your yard, you may be dealing with some nuisance problems.
Because armadillos burrow and dig for food, your first sign of an infestation may be a messy lawn. Shallow holes and uprooted gardens, as well as deep digging underneath patios and homes, can cause significant weakness in the soil foundation. Removal practices vary depending on your situation, but you can prevent this nuisance in your yard through trapping.
Professionals typically use humane live traps. These are usually the same ones you would use to catch a raccoon in and are sized 32x10x12 inches or larger. There are one or two-door styles and either will work just about the same. Bait is not always necessary if you correctly place the trap.
When using a trap, deciding what to do with the trapped armadillo can be the difficult part. Due to the restrictions on relocation and the stress they cause the animals, we always recommend using a professional during this process.
With more than 30 years of experience, Critter Control® of West Palm Beach knows what to do in the case of your armadillo problem. Our technicians are trained in specialized techniques for armadillo trapping and removal. If you’re interested in setting up your initial inspection, give us a call at 561-274-0224.