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How to Trap Texas Armadillos - So you’ve tried everything but the armadillo just won’t leave your place alone. It roots up your garden and tears up the lawn. You’re left with two alternatives: put up with it and with the damage it does to your property, or trap it and release it back to nature to where it can live in peace, find food and damage no property – like at the edge of the woods or near a swamp or stream. Austin Armadillos are among the most adaptable creatures around; the bugs and grubs they favor are just about everywhere and so, therefore, are armadillos, which are continually expanding their population and their range.
Experts say that the key to trapping the animals is understanding their behavior: they prowl and forage primarily at night; they live in underground burrows where they spend 16-18 hours out of every 24; they find the grubs and worms they feed on by digging in preferably soft soil; they don’t see well; and they dig multiple burrows: a primary one for residence and the others for refuge in case of threats.
So to trap an armadillo you have to put the trap where it lives, and since that could be in any number of places this could entail the use of any number of traps depending on the number of burrows the animal appears to have. There can be as many as 30 in its home range, most relatively shallow escape options.
Single-door live cage traps at least 30 inches long, 12 inches high and 10 inches wide are most recommended. This type of trap features a tension-loaded door held open by a catch that is released when the Austin animal enters the enclosure and steps on a trigger plate.
Where trapping other animals usually involves baiting them into the cage with a favorite food or aroma, it doesn’t normally work with Texas armadillos, who just aren’t that interested. Why? Because they are not likely to go for any food that is on the surface, being instinctively committed to digging their food out of the ground.
Nevertheless, some people maintain that they’ve had success luring the animals into their trap with fresh fruit or earthworms. If worms are used, they’re best put inside a nylon stocking so that the animal’s sensitive nose can pick up their smell and meanwhile, the worms can’t slither away. A problem with placing fruit in the cage is that its aroma might attract a different kind of nocturnal visitor, such as a raccoon or skunk. What does work in some cases is simply using a trap that has previously captured another armadillo and which still holds its scent.
The key to trap placement, as in real estate, is location, location, location, because that is what should determine where the traps are situated. If it’s possible to identify the trails the creatures tend to follow, traps can be placed on them so that the animal can amble in. Armadillos are not particularly wary and their bad eyesight doesn’t allow them very much, if any warning.
Most of the traps should be deployed at or near the burrows, either on the trail leading up to them or at their entrances, so that the animal can be captured leaving its home or returning from its nightly foraging. The traps should be placed flat and flush with the ground so they do not rattle and alarm the animal, which sometimes can be funneled toward the trap entrance using a system of planks or logs and even metal or plastic fencing.
Once an armadillo has been captured, there are two tasks remaining. One is to transport them to their new environment, which can be done simply by placing the trap in the car and covering it to keep the animal calm. When you get to a spot some miles away that seems a favorable place for the animal, open the trap door, step back and let it ramble off.
The other is to fill in the burrow entrance. It is inhumane to trap an animal below ground, unable to escape, so you can start by filling the entrance with loose dirt. Observe the site for a few days to see if it or one of its cousins has come back to reoccupy the burrow and if not, proceed to fill in the hole with a mixture of earth and pea gravel, making it hard for the hole to be reopened. If the burrow entrance happens to be under or alongside a building foundation, don’t just fill it in, but also bury an L-shaped section of metal fencing against the hole to discourage or interrupt any attempts to reopen the hole.
Female Austin armadillos make a nest in the burrow and produce one litter of identical young per year, always four to the litter, usually in March or April. So if the animal you trap is a female, try to observe whether or not she’s been nursing young and if she has, tolerate the presence of the family just a little longer.