It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned varmints in the lawn, flower beds and vegetable garden. I’ve had countless calls recently about an animal ripping, plowing and generally destroying plants and lawns across our area. Although wild hogs could be a possible suspect, most homeowners are finding out that the more likely culprit is the armadillo.
The armadillo is an unusual animal that has protective armor made of a hard shell like material on its head, body and tail. The bony armor has nine flexible rings between the shoulder and hip. They are active primarily at night, from dusk until dawn.
Here are some interesting facts about this four legged, nosey digger:
Using ground insecticides are helpful in detouring the armadillo’s search for food. Use products containing Dylox or cyfluthin/imidacloprid or trichlorfon. Example: Triazicide or Bayer Complete Insect Control.
Traps are the best method to get rid of armadillos. No bait is needed. The best locations to set traps are along pathways to their burrows and along fences or barriers when the animals travel. The best trap is the type that can be open at both ends. Place 6 ft. or longer boards on their edges as wings to funnel the animal into the trap.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture