Small and slow, with poor eyesight and nocturnal feeding habits, the armadillo seems like a harmless animal. In fact, these creatures are most commonly seen in Georgia as road kill along highways, probably owing to their habit of foraging for food late in the evening.
Armadillos dig burrows in which they sleep for up to 16 hours every day. Unfortunately, their burrowing is often harmful to lawns. They can be harmful to trees as well, destroying roots as they burrow. Burrows can be as much as 25 feet long, and can cause serious harm to house foundations and concrete slabs. Burrows can also create pathways for water and cause flooding beneath homes.
Years of warmer weather have meant that armadillos are now moving further north. Homeowners in places like Polk County in North Georgia, which never had problems with armadillos in the past, are now suddenly finding themselves faced with a new landscaping problem – armadillo burrows.
How do you know if armadillos have decided to visit? It is not always easy to identify this problem. Tunnels found near a house’s foundation, the sudden wilting of a large tree or large dead areas on a lawn may be clues. Even once identified, there is no simple way to deal with armadillos on your property. One way, elimination of their favorite foods (such as insects and grubs) as well as any water sources may help. Chemical repellents tend not to be effective.
Humanely trapping the armadillos is the best solution. However, the armadillos are actually quite smart. Patience, and the assistance of a qualified pest control specialist, is required to trap them. Once trapped, an armadillo can be relocated to the Georgia forest habitat where it belongs. Afterwards, lawn pest control specialists advise, the burrows should be immediately sealed to ensure that the animals can no longer return to them.
If you see a problem with your lawn or plantings, and think it might be armadillos visiting, contact us. We’ll be happy to help.