Armadillos
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Description

Known for the shield-like shell covering their bodies, armadillos are small animals found throughout the North, Central, and South American continents. Nine-banded armadillos are most likely the one you will encounter in the Houston area. The only regularly occurring species in the United States, the nine-banded armadillo can be found as far north as Missouri, southern Illinois, and Nebraska. Given their digging and burrowing habits, armadillos are regular nuisance pests to property owners in Houston. Armadillos are nocturnal and feed on a variety of foods including insects, small reptiles and amphibians, bird eggs, and even plant matter.

Appearance

Armadillo In TrapEasily recognizable, armadillos typically:

  • Have bands that make up the armadillos' heads, backs, and tails are bony plates covered in leathery skin comprised of keratin
  • The rest of their bodies are covered in hair and bumpy skin 
  • Average length of 2 feet
  • Weigh between 10 and 15 pounds
  • Dark brown to gray in color
  • Have short legs with strong claws
  • Have long snouts with teeth set back into their mouths
  • Have long, sticky tongues

Armadillos are close relatives of anteaters and sloths, and share many of the same characteristics and features. However, their shells are typically major differentiating factors.

Habitat

Armadillos prefer to live in areas of dense cover, such as woodlands, forested regions, places with thick brush, and even swamps and marshlands. However, as highly adaptable creatures, armadillos can thrive anywhere there is sufficient food and water supplies. Living in underground burrows, armadillos camouflage entrances to their nests with plant debris to keep out predators. Armadillos also lack enough fat stores to withstand cold temperatures and prefer warmer climates.

Entry

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.

Armadillo Control Problems

Damage

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 can help prevent armadillos from living on your property. Erecting 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 land less favorable to the animal. This also cuts down on the abundance of insects and small vertebrates that armadillos consider food and look for when choosing sites to burrow.

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.

We can help you get rid of armadillo problems!  Call the Critter Control of Houston office today! 713.391.8066 

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