Armadillos are a prominent wildlife pest found in our north Florida area. Armadillos are more closely related to anteaters and sloths and despite their unique appearance, there are approximately 20 different species of armadillo to exist. The nine-banded armadillo is the only one found in the United States. This species is found throughout the southeastern region of the US and can become a nuisance when they dig or burrow in a homeowner’s yard. When startled or scared, these armadillos can jump 4 to 5 feet high in the air.

How did I get armadillos?

Armadillos prefer warm, wet climates and can be found in forest and brush areas in burrows. They will typically enter your yard and begin burrowing in search of food. They are omnivores and feed on termites, grubs, and other insects.

Are Armadillos Dangerous?

Armadillos are generally harmless creatures and more of an overall nuisance to your Florida property. They can dig burrows that may extend up to 20 feet in length and 2 to 3 feet below the surface, featuring multiple entrances.  These critters are not typically problematic but can become a pest once found digging in your yard. Armadillos can host parasitic worms and even on rare occasions rabies; they are most known as being the only animals that can carry M. leprae, the bacteria that causes leprosy and have tested positive for this bacterium in Florida. To avoid any possible infection, use gloves when cleaning up after dug soil caused by armadillos.

How do I get rid of an armadillo problem?

The best way to keep armadillos out of your yard is by keeping your landscape free from heavy brush and wood piles that can attract the pests armadillos love to eat. Having a fenced yard is beneficial, but only when the posts are below the soil. They can climb a fence, but if you keep their food sources off your property, it will make climbing less desirable. It is best to leave armadillos alone as they can become aggressive. Since they can carry the bacteria for leprosy, it is best to leave trapping and removal to the professionals. For Armadillo control, removal, and prevention, give your local McCall team a call today! Our team of experts are ready to handle your Armadillo problem and get your yard back to pristine condition.


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