Guidelines for Catching Armadillo
The armadillo is the only mammal that has bone plates in its skin. Their color ranges from khaki to a pebbly grey. They grow to the size of an average house cat, can weigh 8 to 17 pounds and to 30 inches in length counting their long tails. The average life span is 12 to 15 years. They are known for their destructive feeding and burrowing habits. They are known for tearing up yards and gardens foraging for food, insects, grubs, worms, etc. They produce a musky odor that some people find repulsive. They are often hit by cars at night as they feed on road kill. Armadillos are a nocturnal creature, eating and doing their damage by night. Taking care of an armadillo problem can be quite tedious. We are lucky we live in a colder climate where we don’t have to deal with these destructive little creatures.
Choosing the right trap.
From what we have gathered over the years from professionals and homeowners is that trapping armadillo is a hit and miss situation unless the traps are positioned correctly. You don’t have to use bait and probably shouldn’t use bait so you don’t have an unwanted catch, such as a raccoon. If you do use bait, a piece of fruit is better than having mealworms or earthworms. With armadillos and traps, it’s location, location, location.
An enclosed strong trap such as the Tru-Catch R-24 Resister works very well for trapping Armadillo. The 36D Classic Deluxe, a wire trap is also great. Both are very strong, built to withstand the strength of an Armadillo. Both of these traps are gravity. A strongly built spring load trap will also work. You will need to place the trap near an active burrow. You can literally ‘lead’ an armadillo to a trap. Because they have poor eyesight, you can use short garden fencing, boards, bricks, etc., to build a road leading up to the trap. To do this, you need to know the route that they take, which burrow is active. And using more than one trap is more effective than using one at a time.
Please do your research and educate yourself as there is lots of information available on the internet. We wish you a happy trapping experience.