Perhaps best known for their distinctive appearance and ability to roll up into an armored ball, armadillos are easy to identify. The thick plates along their back shield them from nearly anything nature can throw at them, and they are simple, non-aggressive creatures who love digging up and burrowing through yards. While it may be their favorite pastime, it can mean big trouble for your property.
Learn how Critter Control of Orlando can help with any of the following armadillo issues:
Know the Warning Signs if you have Armadillos on your Property
Being able to spot the signs of an armadillo is important if one ever makes its way onto your property. Luckily, there isn’t another animal out there that looks like an armadillo, so they are very easy to spot. In addition to their round, armored shells, armadillos can be identified by the tufts of hair poking out from under their shell, as well as their scaly tails that match their shells. Armadillos also have long, pointed snouts and small, pointed ears.
While armadillos are typically non-aggressive towards humans, they can still cause serious property damage. They dig and root around looking for bugs and vegetation to eat, and as they dig, they can seriously harm your grass or garden. Additionally, any underground water or power lines are at risk as well, if an armadillo is unlucky enough to come across one. When they dig, the ground around them can be weakened and make your property more prone to sinkholes; potentially putting your home at risk.
When it comes to armadillo removal, Orlando residents know they can count on the wildlife experts at Critter Control. As a family-owned and operated business that has been working in the Orlando area armadillo trapping for more than 20 years, we can get the job done quickly and efficiently on our very first visit.
If you have an armadillo in your yard, it’s best to call an expert. There are local ordinances that require the use of certain traps to handle these animals, and armadillos can be a lightning rod for disease. Although rare, armadillos are one of the few animals that carry the bacteria that cause Hansen’s Disease (leprosy). Thus, if you see an armadillo, it’s best to stay away and call one of our certified wildlife specialists immediately.
We’re the leaders in armadillo removal in Orlando. In fact, we’re so confident you’ll be happy with our services that we offer a three-year guarantee. This proactive commitment to our customers has landed us high ratings and prestigious service awards. We even offer 24-hour emergency service if you’re ever up against a wildlife problem that can’t wait. There’s no reason not to call, so contact us at407-295-7194 to schedule your free home inspection.
There are twenty species of armadillos living in Latin America, but only one is native here in North America. The nine-banded armadillo is a mammal that is most recognized for its armored shell, which covers its back, head, legs, and tail. And while it may seem bald, the armadillo does have hair on its sides and belly, which it uses to feel its way around in the dark.
Because armadillos have little body fat and thin shells, they are unable to retain their internal temperatures the way most mammals can. This causes them to change their behavior depending on the weather. In the warmer months, armadillos are typically more nocturnal and will begin foraging for food at night when the temperature cools down. However, in the colder months, armadillos can also be more diurnal, searching for food earlier in the daytime when it’s warmer out.
This change in behavior can sometimes make it difficult to trap an armadillo who’s been destroying your yard. Armadillos use their strong legs and large front claws to tear into the soil in search of ants, termites, beetles, and other insects to eat. These unsightly holes, among other things, are what make armadillos a common household pest.
Armadillos also cause issues for homeowners by eating their plants and fruit and creating huge tunnels in the yard, which can actually cause structural damage to your porch, sidewalk, foundation, and fence. These structural damages can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs, which is why you should call Critter Control® of Orlando if you’ve noticed any signs of armadillos on your property.
Due to their protective armor, lethal traps are usually an ineffective way to capture the animal. And, because armadillos dig for their food, you can’t entice them to eat bait or poison. In fact, leaving out bait to attract the armadillo will usually cause other wildlife like raccoons or opossums to come onto your property.
Critter Control of Orlando Provides Armadillo Removal You Can Trust
Though they are interesting creatures, your property is no place for armadillos. If you’ve spotted them around your home, your best bet is to call the experts at Critter Control® of Orlando. Our staff can safely remove any armadillos from your property with humane methods that allow them to be relocated. If armadillos are calling your property home, call us today at 407-295-7194 to schedule your consultation.
At Critter Control® of Orlando, our experienced technicians understand the importance of carrying out proper trapping techniques to effectively remove the armadillo from your property. We will also do a home inspection to see how they are getting into your yard and what may be attracting them so that we can address the real root of the problem. Even if an armadillo is trapped, others will keep coming on to your property until you take care of your wildlife issue in its entirety. We’ll be happy to give you a free estimate and help you get rid of your armadillo issues for good.