Collierville & Germantown, TN Armadillo Removal Services
Armadillo are interesting and unique animals. They inhabit much of South America, however, over time they have migrated as far north as the South Eastern side of North America. There are 20 species of armadillos but only the nine-banded species is known to inhabit North America.
The nine banded armadillo weighs approximately 12 pounds and is 15 inches long. Perhaps its most distinct feature is its armored body with heavy scales protecting the armadillo’s head and legs. The word armadillo is Spanish for “little armored one” and refers to the bony plates that make up the armadillo’s armor. They have small, upright ears and a pointy face. Armadillos have poor eyesight and a very sharp sense of smell.
Armadillos prefer to live in warm and humid climates. They thrive in grasslands and forested areas where they can easily get food and water. Armadillos cannot withstand extreme temperatures and this explains why they do not live further north in the United States. They have a low metabolic rate and don not store fat in their bodies – thus they need to eat frequently and live in warm areas. They use their strong claws to dig out bugs, ants, beetles and other insects which they feed on. They easily extract ants from their tunnels using their long, sticky tongues. Armadillos are nocturnal and will be found foraging at dusk or dawn. They are omnivores and will eat some plants, fruits and meat occasionally.
Armadillos are lacking in the social interaction scene; they are mostly solitary creatures that spend most of their lives foraging and sleeping. They interact to breed and rear young ones. Reproduction begins in early summer. Interestingly, each fertilized egg breaks into four zygotes yielding identical quadruplets.
Signs of Armadillo Activity around Homes
Armadillos are prolific diggers. They excavate land in search of food and shelter. Their front paws are strong and they are able to dig out complex burrow systems for shelter; against harsh weather or predators.
Armadillos find their way into people’s gardens and backyards as they wander in search of food. They like to dig in areas with loose, porous soil like the one found in gardens because it is rich in insects and invertebrates. Here are 6 typical signs of armadillo activity around the home.
- Armadillo tracks – they leave behind a distinguishable foot print with four long, spread out toe prints – each tipped with a sharp claw and a line which is left behind by its scaly tail dragging behind it as it walks.
- Uprooted flowers, plants and seedlings – this is one of the nuisance armadillo problems around homes. They can cause significant damage to crops planted and to flower gardens.
- Multiple holes throughout the lawn and garden – when foraging, armadillos make small holes about 3-5 inches wide and 1-3 inches deep. These can be seen around the home.
- Burrow entrances – if an armadillo finds a safe place to live, it will dig out a burrow with an entrance of about 7-10 inches in diameter. There is no telling how deep these burrows could go as they could be interconnected with others underground.
- Damaged water pipes – as a result of their digging, armadillos can very easily cause damage to wires and pipes that are laid in the ground.
- Visual sighting of the creature – although this might be hard because armadillos are nocturnal, it is possible to spot them in the early morning or at dusk as they leave their burrows to forage.
Diseases Associated with Armadillos
Besides humans, the nine banded armadillo is the only other animal known to carry the bacteria that causes leprosy. Although this is rare, armadillos should not be handled by untrained people because they might transmit leprosy or cause physical injury when they scratch. It is better to call experts who offer armadillo removal services.
Apart from leprosy, armadillos can also be hosts of the rabies virus which affects humans and pets. These are potentially fatal diseases and another good reason to stay away from these potentially dangerous creatures. Calling a certified professional to help with armadillo removal ensures both the safety of the animal and the family.
Controlling armadillo movements around the home protects the landscaping work, maintains the integrity of the property such as decks and pavements and ensures that armadillos do not find their way back to the property. Call an expert and enjoy professional armadillo removal services.