Are armadillos known to enter homes or yards?
While their primary source of food isn't vegetation, armadillos have been known to feed on crops. Armadillos are nocturnal and feed on a variety of foodstuffs including insects, small reptiles and amphibians, bird eggs, and even plant matter.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.
Do armadillos harm people or property?
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 help prevent armadillos from living on private 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. Furthermore, this 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 professional at Critter Control of Kansas City before attempting to remove or trap any possibly dangerous wildlife.
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