01 Armadillo Control

Armadillo Removal Services in Dallas & Houston, TX

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Facts About Armadillos:

  • Armadillos can cause life-threatening diseases such as leprosy.
  • Armadillos are highly destructive burrowing rodents that dig throughout your property in search of bugs and other insects.
  • Armadillos rely on scent; therefore, they leave pheromones in nests they make so that they can find their way back and attract other armadillos to the area. A single nest can have six to eight armadillos.
  • A burrow can be six feet deep and up to 20 feet wide from a single nest; it may contain multiple underground tunnels.
  • Armadillos can disrupt the integrity of your foundation and even lead to a structural collapse.

Things to keep in mind when dealing with an armadillo infestation

  • Armadillos are insectivores; they will supplement their diet with small reptiles and bird eggs if available, but primarily sustain themselves by digging through earth in search of grubs, worms, ants, and other insects.
  • Armadillos are primarily nocturnal; this is one reason many people never notice an armadillo infestation until it has progressed to a dangerous level.
  • Armadillos are health hazards; they can spread a surprising number of diseases. Among these is leprosy, making armadillos one of the mammals who can carry, contract, and spread this disease.
  • Armadillos are extremely destructive; whereas all types of wildlife infestations can cause damages to your property, armadillos are especially harmful. Their strong burrowing instincts lead them to rapidly spread large tunnels and dens under built structures, compromising their structural integrity. Armadillos can spend up to sixteen hours a day creating these burrows.
  • Armadillo burrow systems can become very large; as an example of the above, it should be noted that armadillo burrows made for nesting purposes will generally reach twenty-five feet in length and reach to six feet underground, with a bore width of eight inches.
  • Armadillos have a strong sense of smell; this causes them to saturate the burrows they dig with their own pheromones. Doing this allows them to return to their own burrows at the end of a night of feeding, and is also how they attract mates.
  • Armadillos are solitary; among the other reasons for marking their burrows with pheromones is the fact that only one armadillo will occupy a burrow system at a time. Other armadillos will be attracted to the general vicinity, but will make their own burrows instead of joining the first armadillo. This means armadillo infestations will spread rapidly to multiple properties in a neighborhood.
  • Armadillos are surprisingly mobile; although they shuffle at a slow pace while foraging, they can run very quickly when faced with a threat. If they cannot outrun whatever is chasing them, they will rapidly dig out a shallow burrow and lodge their soft underside into it. Only their hardened carapace is left exposed, and their strong claws keep them from being pulled out of the burrow. This is among the reasons an armadillo can be difficult to remove from an area once he’s occupied it – they’re hard to notice due to their nocturnal habits, hard to catch once they run away, and physically difficult to remove even if found afterwards.

Identifying an Armadillo problem

When you discover burrows and other signs of digging in your yard, the cause may not always be immediately obvious. Some species’ activity can be hard to differentiate once they take up home in your neighborhood. The following are some of the most recognizable indicators of the presence of armadillos in your home. If you are encountering any of these phenomena, set up an appointment with Trapping USA right away and let us do a free inspection to determine the cause:

  • Shallow pits dug into the earth, generally less than 3” deep and from 3” to 6” wide
  • Sounds of digging at night, especially in garden plots or under structures
  • Seeing an armadillo at any point, even if it isn’t doing anything; armadillos don’t wander far from their burrows
  • Any of the above signs become even more significant if there is any open water in the area

Professional Armadillo Control Services

Few animals are as immediately recognizable as the armadillo. Long considered to be a symbol for all things Texan, the armadillo’s name comes from the Spanish language that has so long been common to the region, and means “little armored one.” The “armor” referred to in their name is made from actual bone that grows from the skin, and which is itself further protected with a layer of horn over its individual scutes.

There is only one species of armadillo present in the USA; the nine-banded armadillo. Although just about every Texan has seen an armadillo at one time or another, a lot of us are still unfamiliar with their habits. Armadillos have adapted to a wide range of environments in the USA – from scrublands to tropical rain forests to open prairies. They have spread everywhere from New Mexico to the southern border of North Carolina, and as far north as Nebraska.

Even if you have trapped and removed the armadillos yourself, the damage left by these burrowing creatures is astounding. Vacant burrows can be filled with other nuisances, such as opossums, raccoons and snakes. A professional wildlife and animal removal service can humanely trap and relocate armadillos as well as seal of any points of entry to keep them from coming back.

Trapping USA offers armadillo control and clean-up services that include:

  • Locating burrows and sealing off entry.
  • Humanely trapping and removing any armadillos from the property.
  • Creating deterrents to prevent armadillos from creating burrows elsewhere on the property.
  • Sanitization and decontamination of burrow areas.
  • Repair and structural analysis for any foundation damage.

When handling an armadillo infestation, you need to hire a professional. Because armadillos can be highly territorial, you need a company that knows how to not only remove them, but keep them from coming back in the future.

As with other animals, urban expansion has brought a lot of people into contact with armadillos, and much of this contact has been destructive in both directions. Many have seen dead armadillos on the side of the road, casualties of the highway system; but armadillos can be very destructive to human lives as well.

Given their propensity for digging, armadillos will often burrow under human-occupied structures in their search for food and shelter. This can easily cause significant structural damage, as their claws are easily a match for a home’s foundation. And once an armadillo has marked its territory in such a way that it includes your house, it is almost certain that all the burrowing and digging the Armadillo performs on a nightly basis will significantly weaken not only the foundation of your home, but even the earth supporting it due to the numerous tunnels being excavated throughout.

For these reasons, it is absolutely imperative that you call Trapping USA as soon as you see signs of armadillo activity in your home or business. We will set up an appointment right away to have a specialized wildlife technician inspect the situation for you at no charge. Once the issue is confirmed as being due to armadillos, we will offer you a plan that traps the animal, removes it from the area, and addresses the burrows and other damage caused by the animal.

Removing the armadillo is not enough in and of itself. Due to the burrows they create, other animals are more than happy to take their place once they leave. Raccons, opossums, skunks, snakes, and all sorts of other creatures love to occupy abandoned armadillo burrows. Trapping USA’s methodology ensures not only that the armadillos will be safely removed and redistributed to appropriate wilderness areas, but also ensures that no other animals will be drawn to said burrows once the armadillo is gone, and even repairs the damages to your structure caused by armadillo activity. We will also sanitize the area to minimize the incidence of armadillo waste and to provide a deterrent to future armadillo activity.

Armadillo infestations are a force that can destroy not only single homes and business but entire areas of human habitation. They can also spread diseases such as leprosy and can be almost impossible to remove from an area due to their stubborn and hardy dispositions. But every problem has a solution. In the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, that solution is Trapping USA. The incidence of Armadillo infestations throughout the region has allowed us to build up a strong base of experience in eliminating them. No matter how much the city grows, armadillos are going to be able to tough it out. But they are no match for Trapping USA’s methods, knowledge, and commitment.

We have maneuvered ourselves into a uniquely capable position of dealing with Armadillo infestations. Our three-step process has proven to generate the desired results time and time again; our inspection process is the most thorough one around, our exclusion procedures are guaranteed to be successful, our trapping schedule is designed to account for animals’ cunning, and our sanitization process will be done to your full satisfaction.

After being serviced by us, you will be assured that your property’s status has not only reverted to what it was before, but even improved. And our lifetime guarantee ensures that even if the animals do come back at any point and for any reason, we’ll be ready to get them back out again.

We service residential and commercial customers throughout North Texas in towns such as Addison, Allen, Arlington, Carrollton, The Colony, Dallas, Flower Mound, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Irving, Lewisville, McKinney, Plano, Prosper, Richardson, Rockwall, Rowlett and more!

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If you have an Armadillo problem and need professional help call Trapping USA at (469) 481-6552 in North Texas, (832) 474-7755 in Houston or contact us online!

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