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Armadillo FAQ



General Armadillo Questions

Q. Why did the Creator of Heaven and Earth make armadillos, anyway?

Q. When are armadillos a problem?

Q. Why did the armadillos pick my property?

Q. Why do I need to get rid of armadillos?

Q. When is the best time to get rid of armadillos?

Q. Where do armadillos live?

Q. How do I know if I have armadillos on my property?

Q. Where can I get help with my armadillo problem?

Health & Safety

Q. What are the most common armadillo complaints you receive?

Q. What are the health risks of having armadillos on my property?

Q. Will the armadillos attack me?

Q. Who is responsible for this armadillo problem?

Animal Control Products and Methods

Q. Which poisons do you recommend to kill armadillos?

Q. Which armadillo repellents are the best?

Q. Which methods do you use to get rid of armadillos?

Q. How can I get rid of armadillo odors?

Q. Who should I call for help?

Q. Why should I hire a professional to get rid of armadillos?

Property Damage

Q. What damage can armadillos cause?

Q. What is this going to do to my property value?

Q. What will a wildlife removal technician do about the armadillos in my building?

Costs

Q. What does it cost for an initial on-site armadillo inspection?

Q. What does it cost for an initial over-the-phone armadillo control consultation?

Q. Who pays for my armadillo problem?

Q. What FREE animal control services does your company offer to the public?

Q. How much will it cost to get rid of the armadillos?

General Armadillo Questions

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Q. Why did the Creator of Heaven and Earth make armadillos, anyway?

A. Armadillos eat insects—grubs and earthworms are favorites.  The earthworms are generally thought of as beneficial, but other insects are definite pests and the armadillos help to control them.  The holes created by the armadillos as they search for food create habitat for other wildlife.

Q. When are armadillos a problem?

A. Armadillos are a problem when they destroy cultivated or landscaped areas:  lawns, flower beds, gardens, golf courses, etc.  Even trees are not immune to damage as these living tanks burrow through root systems. 

Q. Why did the armadillos pick my property?

A. Your property provides the armadillo with food and shelter or he wouldn’t be there.  Do you have soft sandy or loam soil?  Do you have cover areas, such as brush?  Is there a good water source?  Yep, perfect armadillo habitat.  You may not know, or want to know, but there must also be food.  These animals eat mostly insects or insect larvae, so there much be a good quantity of those around, too. 

Q. Why do I need to get rid of armadillos?

A. You need to get rid of armadillos because they will destroy your landscaping and kill your plants and trees.   No, he isn’t eating the plants, he is burrowing, digging furrows and scratching holes in a search for food. Nothing will stop him:  plants, trees, even sidewalks and buildings.  While landscape damage is bad, having concrete slabs undermined and foundations weakened and cracked is worse and these sturdy, active animals can do that, too.

Q. When is the best time to get rid of armadillos?

A.  Armadillo removal can be performed any time of the year.  If you start to notice property damage, call us right away.  We can help you protect your property and preserve your sanity by getting rid of the unwanted animals.

Q. Where do armadillos live?

A.  Nine-banded armadillos, the only species native to North America, are found all over the Southeast United States, but their range is consistently expanding and they seem to move north and west every year. 
In nature, armadillos prefer to live in areas near water with easy-to-dig soil and plenty of cover.  Armadillos dig burrows into cover such as brush, stumps or rock piles.
When they occupy human territory, they prefer the same water-soil-cover combination and will dig burrows under structures of all types—sheds, homes, businesses, decks, driveways, woodpiles.  Their sharp, strong claws and sturdy legs make them excellent diggers who make short work of nearly any excavation project.

Q.  How do I know if I have armadillos on my property?

A. You will start to notice wide, shallow holes or furrows in your lawn, garden or flower beds. The plants and flowers will be uprooted, but not eaten. You may hear rubbing noises under your porch or building (from the shells of the animals).  You may see tracks that resemble a bird, but with four toes on front feet and five toes on back feet.  In dry soil you may see no tracks, but will notice drag marks from tail and shell. 

Q. Where can I get help with my armadillo problem?

A. Call us. We are professional armadillo removers and have trained technicians who can help you get rid of the armadillos, keep them out, and clean up the mess.

Health & Safety

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Q. What are the most common armadillo complaints you receive?

A. Armadillos dig as they search for food, and they don’t care what they dig up in the process.  People call complaining of destroyed landscaping and gardens, damaged sidewalks and breached foundations.

Q. What are the health risks of having armadillos on my property?

A. Armadillos are known carriers of the bacteria mycobacterium leprae, which causes leprosy.  Armadillos also carry rabies, although they transmit the disease far less often than raccoons or skunks as they are not prone to biting.  They also carry tapeworm and salmonella, which are transmitted to humans through fecal matter

Q. Will the armadillos attack me?

A. Rarely.  They are wild animals, and therefore unpredictable by nature, but they generally ignore people unless directly threatened or handled incorrectly.  Do not attempt to just pick one up.  For one thing, they can run surprisingly fast and are much harder to catch than they appear.  Second, if you do happen to catch the animal and do not handle it correctly you will be badly scratched by their long, strong claws.

Q. Who is responsible for this armadillo problem? 

A. Your wonderfully maintained and attractive landscaping is responsible—along with all the bugs that are on your property.  But, blaming the bugs won’t solve the problem and you, the property owner, are the one to deal with it. Don’t feel alone, however.  We are here to help you do the responsible thing and preserve your property’s appearance, value and safety.

Animal Control Products and Methods

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Q. Which poisons do you recommend to kill armadillos?

A. No poisons are currently registered for armadillos.

Q. Which armadillo repellents are the best?

A. No armadillo repellents are currently registered or known to be effective.

Q. Which methods do you use to get rid of armadillos?

A. We trap armadillos and rely on trap placement and know-how as no effective armadillo baits exist.

Q. How can I get rid of armadillo odors?

A. If you have an armadillo on your property then you are probably aware of their strong musky scent.  It is repulsive and causes headaches and nausea in many people.  The odor seems to seep in and permeate a building.  Worse yet, if you end up with a dead armadillo under your building, then you get to add the smell of rot and decay to the already strong smell the animal will have created.  Fortunately, we have some great products that will cleanse and purify your air and get rid of that stink. Call us if you find yourself overwhelmed with armadillo odor.

Q. Who should I call for help?
           
A. You should call us: Allstate Armadillo Control.  We can get rid of armadillos on your property.

Q. Why should I hire a professional to get rid of armadillos?
           
A.  You should hire a professional because armadillo removal is difficult and dangerous.  You don’t want to try to shoot the animal inside city limits, for example, and you don’t want to try to run it down and grab it.  A professional knows how to trap the animals and take them away, leaving your property pest-free.

Property Damage

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Q. What damage can armadillos cause?

A. Armadillos can cause a surprising amount of damage to suburban lawns, golf courses and agricultural sites.  As they search for insects to eat, these animals plow up a large amount of ground every night. Plants are uprooted.  Trees die because of damaged root systems.  Sidewalks buckle and break. Even home foundations can be disturbed or breached by these strong animals. 
 
Q. What is this going to do to my property value?

A. Armadillos generally disturb only the appearance of a property, reducing salability and embarrassing and frustrating the owners.  There are, however, some examples of extensive damage, including cracked foundations.  This damage can run thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars.

Q. What can a wildlife removal technician do to get rid of the armadillos?

A. Our technicians are experts at armadillo removal.  We will evaluate your problem, locate the armadillo burrows, live-trap and remove the armadillos and then help to clean up the mess and odor the armadillos leave behind.  Our services address all aspects of armadillo problems, from odor to biohazards, and will leave your property safe for you and your family.

Costs

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Q. What does it cost for an initial on-site armadillo insoection?

A. For specific information, see our Pricing Page.

Q. What does it cost for an initial over-the-phone armadillo control consultation?

A. FREE!  Send me 5-10 pictures via e-mail and I will review them and call you to recommend a solution and give you an estimate.  Pictures should include possible armadillo entrances, all four sides of building, decks, porches or similar areas and anything else you think might be important.

Q. Who pays for my armadillo problem?

A. Armadillos are the responsibility of the property owner.  You can attempt to get rid of them and clean up yourself, but I recommend that you contact us, your armadillo removal specialists.  Typically armadillo removal starts with an inspection and evaluation which costs $150-250, depending on your location.  You may want to contact your property insurance carrier; your policy may include coverage for removal and clean up of pest animals.

Q. What FREE armadillo control services does your company offer to the public?

A. If you find an animal problem on your property, take 5-10 digital pictures and e-mail them to us (use the Contact Us page).  We will call you on the phone and discuss your situation for a few minutes and suggest a plan of action, as time allows.

Q. How much will it cost to get rid of the armadillos?

A. Prices vary depending on your location, number of animals and severity of the problem. I can give you a FREE estimate over the phone using digital pictures you e-mail me. For additional information, see our Pricing Page.

 

Common Armadillo Myths and Interesting Trivia:

Armadillos spend about 80% of their lives asleep. True!


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