Wildlife X Team provides armadillo control services, principally using live trapping. In most cases, we use live traps and release the armadillo in an appropriate location far from your property.
Armadillos are now common in Memphis and the Mid-South. Like all animals, they should be treated with respect. Armadillos tend not to bite, but they can harm people if handles incorrectly due to their strong claws. In addition, because of diseases, they can be a threat to pets. Because of their appearance, they can be somewhat frightening to humans. Armadillos often cause property damage because they commonly burrow near foundations. They can also damage yards because of burrowing for grubs and other insects. Therefore, we recommend armadillo control services when armadillos invade your property.
The average armadillo measures around 75cm in length, including the tail but the giant armadillo can grow to more than 1.5 m long and the miniature pink fairy armadillo (the smallest armadillo species) only gets to around 10cm in length.
There are around 20 species of armadillo still existent on the American continent with the nine-banded armadillo being the only species found outside of the South American tropics.
The armadillo has a hard outer shell and can curl up into a ball leaving no soft body parts exposed to danger (a bit like a woodlouse). The armadillo also has long claws which the armadillo uses for digging burrows and hunting for insects in the earth.
Despite the armadillo’s odd shape, most armadillos can also reach a top speed of nearly 30 mph so can easily outrun most jungle predators. The primary predators of the armadillo are bears, wolves, wildcats and cougars.
The armadillo has very poor vision which makes the armadillo somewhat vulnerable in its jungle environment. Armadillos are insectovores that hunt mainly by hearing. The armadillo’s armor is formed by plates of bone covered in relatively small overlapping scales. The scales of the armadillo are known as scutes and these scutes are made up of bone with a covering of horn.
The armadillo has additional armor that covers the top of its head, the upper parts of the armadillo’s limbs and the armadillo’s tail. The underside of the armadillo has no armor, and is simply covered with soft skin and fur, hence it’s strategy of curling into a ball leaving only the armored plates exposed.
The armadillo is generally an insectivore meaning that the diet of the armadillo is primarily comprised of insects. Armadillos also snack on other things including worms, spiders, snakes and frogs although the exact diet of the armadillo is very much dependent on the area which it inhabits.
Female armadillos give birth to four young which are born after a gestation period of three to four months. Some species of armadillo are known to reproduce every year so a single female armadillo can produce up to 56 young over the course of her life.
Wildlife X Team is your best solution for armadillo control and other humane nuisance wildlife control services in Memphis and the Mid-South. Schedule service now.