Live Animal Trapping of the Armadillo

Armadillos can become a nuisance in your lawn and garden in their constant search for their favorite food source, worms, insect larvae, pupae and other soil insects. The armadillo is fond of rooting and digging in leaf mold and other rich humus material containing high concentrations of insects. They can cause root damage to shrubs and trees by digging.

Indirect control of the armadillo has been proven effective by eliminating as much of their food source by using a turf insecticide. When they are a constant problem in your garden then exclusion may be deemed necessary and is effective when done correctly.

Armadillos can be trapped in live animal traps, such as a Havahart Animal trap, size recommended is 24”x8”x7”, wire cage. Animal trap should be placed near the entrance to the den, burrows, or on trails next to fences and buildings. The Havahart trap can be made more effective by using two long boards on edge to form a funnel that herds the armadillo inside the animal trap.

Havahart animal trap can be baited with rotten fruit, such as pears, bananas and apples. Some people find that a small amount of ground meat or an egg is effective in some situations. Trapping can be a look and learn procedure, not all recommendations work for ever situation.

Monica Bird (949 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.

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