The armadillo is native to both North and South America, but out of the 20 species known to exist still, only one species is found in the United States. The nine-banded armadillo is common to Oklahoma City and prefers to live in areas with soft soil that allows it to easily look for food or burrow into, preferably near water sources such as streams, creeks, and water holes. When crossing a shallow creek or stream under water, an armadillo can hold its breath for up to six minutes, even inflating its intestines to help it swim across the water! Now that’s impressive!
Due to having little fur, armadillos are sensitive to outside temperatures. During the summer months, they become active when the weather cools down. During the winter months, they are usually active during the warmer parts of the day but as the temperatures drop, armadillos will search for shelter. If they get caught in weather that’s too cold; the armadillo can die.
Damage Armadillos Can Cause
If you’ve ever come in contact with an armadillo, you’ve most likely seen it become frightened and quickly run away. Although not necessarily dangerous to humans, armadillos can cause a lot of damage to your home and property. They use their keen sense of smell and sharp claws to locate prey including insects, grubs, worms, fruit, small reptiles, amphibians, and bird eggs. As they dig for their food, their claws leave divots all around your yard which is unpleasant to many homeowners. Armadillos are known to burrow which can cause significant structural damage as well as be costly in repairs.
Control and Safety
Armadillos wander onto your property in search of food and water. After just one night, your yard may be littered with holes as armadillos can move impressive amounts of soil in search of insects and grubs. There isn’t too many ways to keep an armadillo from coming onto your property other than eliminating its food source and having a sturdy fence that goes into the ground at least a few feet.
Trapping and Removal
The best way to remove an armadillo is to set a sizeable sturdy cage flush on the ground in the path of the armadillo, or right over the burrow. The armadillo will walk right in, no bait needed. Although it may seem simple to remove an armadillo, a lot of situations can be a lot more complicated. After an armadillo is removed, they need to be released into an appropriate area. Critter Control of Oklahoma City is trained in humanely handling wildlife trapping and removal services. Call us today at 405-445-6196 or contact us through our website for any questions or to schedule a free inspection.