Unlike most marmots and pest in your backyard, armadillos are rather tame and harmless. Still, they can cause you a lot of problems because these critters will dig tunnels which weaken the soil foundation beneath your yard, flowerbeds and even your house. There may be times that may accidentally eventually trip over those tunnel entrances on the ground which can result in an ankle sprain or far worse.
Knowing why there are armadillos in your yard involves learning a few basic facts about these little armoured critters.
First, armadillos are nocturnal creatures. They are more active atnight because that is the time they feed and hunt or scavenge for food. Yes, you read that last part right. In the absence of what they would normally eat, armadillos will scavenge for food. More information about that is included later in this article. Secondly, armadillos love to feed on grubs and small insects. In fact,
armadillos can consume almost as many ants as an anteater. However, in the absence of ants, grubs and other tiny insects, armadillos will also eat small dead animals (carrion) and even maggots thriving on leftover meat.
Why Do Armadillos Invade My Yard?
There are 3 common reasons why there are armadillos in your yard, and why they stay there.
Grubs – Armadillo primarily feed on grub larvae. Now, if you have a
small vegetable/flower garden in your yard and you also produce your own compost, chances that an armadillo will make itself at home in your yard increases greatly. Why? Along with gardens and backyard composting come insects and grubs. Unless you have been keeping these pests under check, you may likely be attracting armadillo to feast on your yard. If you have been growing vegetables organically and/or do not use pesticides, it may further aggravate your problem with armadillos.
Carrion and left-over meat- Ever notice while driving along a country road that armadillos are often road kill? Curiously, the reason for that is armadillo will sometimes also feed on the maggots thriving on road kill, and also the dead animal itself. And when these nocturnal creatures are startled by an oncoming headlight, they will jump 3 feet in the air, right smack into the bumper or front grill of the approaching car.
Now, you may not have a garden or cabbage patch in your yard but there may be a few small dead critters lying around. Once an armadillo finds one of these, he will feast on the decaying flesh as well as any thriving colony of maggots, and may eventually decide to make your yard part of his domain. Just thinking about that may be reason enough to want to know how to get rid of armadillos!
Other insects- Small invertebrates (the typical insects in your yard) also make a tasty treat for armadillos. Aside from termites and ants which form part of their staple diet, other small bugs and spiders form a portion of their menu. Unless you have a completely cemented yard totally devoid of any plants, there will be insects living in there – and more likely a tunnel or two which is inhabited by an armadillo and her litter.
How Do I Keep Armadillos Away From My Garden?
There are several solutions to dealing with armadillos, but some may not be very effective. Building a fence which critters cannot jump over is not very effective with armadillo because they can literally dig a tunnel under a fence. Motion sensors are not very effective either, since armadillo can easily hide undetected inside their pesky tunnel.
So, what do you use in your in your campaign against these leathery-armoured critters? Try Shake-Away armadillo repellent. Scatter a few granules around your yard, or better yet, into their tunnels. The scent produced by the predator urine infused organic Shake-Away granules will trigger a fear response, which is perhaps one of the best methods in keeping critters away from your yard.