Armadillos are covered with natural armor. Its name in Spanish means “little armored one.” The armadillo’s armor works well against most predators, but not against cars. They are also known as the “Hillbilly Speed Bump” for their tendency to get run over by vehicles. More than 90% of an armadillo’s diet is made up of insects, larvae, and other invertebrates in the soil.
Most armadillos live closer to the equator because they like warm areas due to their lack of fat stores. Armadillos are very picky about where they live based on what type of soil is found in the area. Usually, armadillos prefer sandy or loam soils that are loose and porous. This makes digging for food and creating burrows easier.
Armadillos live in Central and South America, except for one species: the nine-banded armadillo ranges from Argentina to the southern United States. Since the mid-19th century, nine-banded armadillos have expanded northward and they have been seen in Florida.
Armadillos aren't social creatures and spend most of their days sleeping. They usually sleep up 16 hours each day in their burrows. During the morning and evenings, they forage for food.
Usually, the only time armadillos get together is to mate or keep warm. During cold months, a group of armadillos may hunker down in a burrow together to share body heat. Sometimes, a seven-banded armadillo will share its burrow with others of the same gender.
Armadillos are omnivores, though 90 percent of an armadillo’s diet is made up of insects and larvae. With their long, sticky tongue, armadillos catch ants, beetles, termites and other insects after digging them out of the ground. They also eat plants, eggs, small vertebrates and a bit of fruit. From time to time, they will scavenge for dead animals.
There are 21 different species of armadillos; some armadillos are very small, while others are really huge. The smallest is the pink fairy armadillo, which is about 6" (15 cm) long. Giant armadillos are the largest of the species, and are about 5 ' (1.5 m) long.
An armadillo's armor is made up of overlapping plates that cover the back, head, legs and tail. The number of armored bands will identify the type of species. For example the three-banded armadillo can roll itself into a hard armored ball to defend itself against predators. Other armadillo species simply dig a hole quickly and hunker down so that their tender stomach is protected and their armor is the only thing visible.
Armadillos are characterized by the holes they leave around a customer’s yard. Large holes, known as rooting, are generally used as a place of shelter, while smaller, golf-ball to tennis-ball sized holes will pop up around the area where the armadillos search for food. These smaller holes are typically in areas covered with mulch, dirt or sand.
Have you ever walked out your house in the morning to get the newspaper and seen a bunch of holes in your yard? You most likely have an armadillo problem. Armadillos use their sharp claws to dig for food and shelter. Their shelter consists of those deep holes dug around and under your home. Those holes are dangerous to your property and can cause your structure to sink and crack. Various diseases are associated with armadillos. These diseases can infect the animal and causes leprosy. Armadillos can also carry rabies. Rabies is a low risk to humans because armadillos rarely bite humans. If you are experiencing an armadillo infestation, you can count on us to resolve the problem for you. We will safely capture and remove an armadillo who has burrowed under the foundation of your home, we specialize in Humane Armadillo Removal
Armadillos are commonly known for digging holes around your home. If you notice these types of holes please call us right away. This will cause your foundation to shift and this can result in an expensive home repair. If you are seeing holes, do not cover them until the armadillo has been trapped and taken away. Centurian Services offers comprehensive services and can help you figure out How to Trap An Armadillo to remove a nuisance armadillo from your yard or home. In addition, we offer humane trapping services for all customers experiencing problems with wild animals on their property.
Armadillo holes make it difficult to find where the armadillos are and trapping is the only effective means to remove them. The nine-banded armadillo has moved up into the states through Mexico and Central America from South America and is now commonly found throughout more than half of the country. They are an invasive species and are unable to be relocated in Florida. Considered a “medium-sized” mammal, armadillos typically grow 25-42 inches long and can weigh anywhere between 5.5 to 14 lbs but can be found up to 22 lbs. A single armadillo may create and maintain up to 12 burrows within its territory (approximately 1 mile). These burrows will get deeper and longer during every visit until they reach 7 feet deep and 25 feet long. Left alone, tunnels like these can essentially become small sinkholes under air conditioner pads, pool decks, or foundations and cause major structural damage.
Aside from damage to property, armadillos are the only animal, other than humans, that are known carriers of leprosy. Leprosy, or Hansen’s Disease, is a seriously debilitating ailment and more than half of new cases are found in the states of California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York and Texas. The good news is regardless of which the situation that may be causing you distress, Centurian Services is capable of quickly determining your problem and effectively solving it. Armadillos can cause a surprising amount of damage to suburban lawns, golf courses and agricultural sites. As they search for insects to eat, these animals plow up a large amount of ground every night. Home foundations can be disturbed or breached by these strong animals.
Armadillos generally disturb only the appearance of a property. There are some instances of extensive damage, including cracked foundations running thousands. An armadillo infestation can get costly, and many armadillo removal companies will charge you while only removing one animal. Centurian Services’ armadillo eviction process includes sealing the den once all the armadillo trapping is finished and the pests have been removed in a proper armadillo cage. All of our technicians are experts at armadillo trapping and removal. We will evaluate your problem, locate the armadillo burrows, live-trap and remove the armadillos and then clean up the mess and odor the armadillos have left behind. We will address all aspects of your armadillo problem, from odor to biohazards, and will leave your property safe for you and your family.