How to Spot An Armadillo And How To Remove It From Your Home

December 3rd, 2020

armadillo crawling out of a dirt hole

Living in states like Florid means that the land occupies plenty of other inhabitants that may just wander in and about your property. Trespassing wildlife usually includes mammals like armadillos and raccoons, birds, and rodents. Armadillos are commonly mistaken for rodents because of their rodent-like features, but they are, in fact, the only mammals with armor-like skin. They are also notorious for their digging habits.

Spotting an Armadillo in plain sight is rather easy because of its unique features. However, you will rarely find these in action. Once it enters your property, it is likely to leave behind damage. Their incredible capacity to dig burrows and holes can become a nuisance to any landowner. Let us discuss how you can spot an armadillo by identifying its damage and how to remove it.

We always recommend hiring professional wildlife removal services to best remove and prevent armadillos from coming back.

Holes and Burrow Entrances

Armadillos will try to make holes throughout your lawn. These holes are most likely to be 3-5m wide and 1-3m deep. Once you identify holes, you may also find burrow entrances on sidewalks, low-lying shrubs, brush piles, and underneath structures or walls.

These burrows are likely to be 7” to 10” in diameter, capable of damaging underground pipes and wires. Furthermore, it may also cause the cracking of concrete sidewalks and foundations.

Other than holes and burrow entrances, plenty of other indications point to an armadillo problem. For example, the uprooting and plucking down of plants and seedlings, along with identifiable foot tracks. Armadillos have recognizable footprints with four toes in the front legs and five toes in the hind legs, with elongated center toes on each foot.

How to Remove Armadillos from Your Home

Let’s begin with proper fencing, as the armadillo’s main route to entry is the underground. Therefore, installing proper fencing that digs deep into the ground can prevent this problem. Secondly, if you spot the main entrance burrow, consider setting a cage trap. Trapping is another quick solution to this problem.

Other methods include making your yard or lawn as inhospitable as possible.  One way to do this is by changing to abrasive landscaping materials and installing motion-activated lights.  Another way is to treat your lawn for the armadillo’s food sources, such as grubs and insects.  Overall, the best solution to your armadillo problem involves hiring professional wildlife removal services to remove them and deter them from returning to your property.

Need Wildlife Removal Services?

While there are DIY solutions to remove armadillos from your property, we always recommend hiring wildlife removal services. Solving the problems of armadillo invasions requires expert-level management and insight into wildlife removal and relocation. Armadillos also carry diseases, and while the possibilities are not as high, they could transfer the bacteria known to cause leprosy.

At Alford Wildlife & Pest Management, we offer wildlife removal services and have certified experts that can inspect, assess, and effectively remove armadillos from your yard. To learn more about our armadillo removal services contact us online for Southwest Florida removal service and Central Florida removal services.

You can also contact us directly by calling these numbers:

  • Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties: (239) 245-7482
  • Manatee and Sarasota Counties: (941) 271-0450
  • Pinellas and Pasco Counties: (727) 291 9801






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