As one of the more unique species of Missouri, the armadillo plays a very important role in the ecosystem. Feeding on insects, invertebrates, small reptiles and amphibians, and fruits and fungi, they spend their days scavaging on the forest floor. While looking for their next food source, armadillos sometimes get themselves into trouble. They sometimes dig shallow holes in lawns, golf courses, pastures, gardens, and more. If these armored creatures decide to make themselves at home near yours, there could be trouble. Call Critter Control of South West Missouri today. Our expert technicians can help solve your armadillo problem.
Armadillo Removal Near You
While their primary source of food isn't vegetation, armadillos have been known to feed on crops. As such, they may wander onto private property, enticed by gardens or farmlands. The burrowing habits of armadillos lead to numerous holes in landscapes that house populations of the animal. These holes are not only cosmetically unappealing but may be detrimental to people who accidentally step in them. Armadillos often utilize roads, railroads, and bridges to move from one place to another. Since they burrow along these paths, armadillos weaken the structural integrity of roadways and may cause accidents. Additionally, armadillos can carry and transmit disease. In fact, the animal is the only mammal that can be infected with Hansen's disease, more commonly known as leprosy.
Control and Safety
Certain exclusion methods help prevent armadillos from living on private property. Exclusion methods that we recommend are:
- Putting in fences or other barriers can keep the animal away from crops and from entering yards.
- Reducing the amount of water and fertilizer used in landscaping makes the consistency of landless favorable to the animal. This cuts down on the abundance of insects and small vertebrates that armadillos consider food and look for when choosing sites to burrow.
- Habitat Modification
Armadillo Trapping and Removal
Since armadillos can carry disease, individuals should never approach them without professional assistance. Trained wildlife specialists understand and utilize the best trapping practices and humanely remove armadillos from infested properties. Contact a Critter Control professional before attempting to remove or trap any possibly dangerous wildlife.
Critter Control of SW Missouri can help you get rid of armadillo problems. Call today!Request a Quote