A Guide to Armadillo Burrows

Armadillo burrows are much more important than you'd think when you're sharing your property with one of the armour-plated animals. You'll need to put traps around the entrances of these burrows. You'll also need to fill in the burrows of many chambers and tunnels once the animal has been successfully trapped and removed. On top of all of that, you'll need to ensure that there is no chance of repercussions on the surface from the excavation attempts below.

How wide are armadillo burrows?

Although these burrows can vary greatly, the average width of tunnels within the burrow is about eight inches. There can be many chambers and tunnels within the burrow, and an armadillo will sometimes have two burrows on one property. The second will be used if the first one is discovered and attacked by predators. (This includes humans.)

How long are armadillo burrows?

Many burrows usually only extend to ten or fifteen feet in length, but well-established burrows homing undisturbed groundhogs can grow larger.

How many armadillos live in one burrow?

They're pretty solitary animals, so there will usually only be one adult armadillo in a burrow. A solo female can have four identical baby armadillos in tow, however. If you're dealing with a burrow on your property, you'll need to make sure you do not orphan the four youngsters by removing the mother.

Can you flood an armadillo burrow to get rid of it?

We do not recommend flooding or using water in any way to get rid of an armadillo burrow (or other animal burrow) on your property. There are a number of things that have the potential to go wrong, and this is more so the case when you don't know the extent of the burrowing underground, or where the water will drain to. You also run the risk of killing the armadillo in its burrow, and you can't leave it there because other predators will simply dig it up. If you do not fill in an armadillo burrow after the animal has been removed (dead or alive), another animal will simply move into it.

Using water to flood a burrow can lead to damage to other buildings in the local vicinity, including your home. It can lead to floods in the basement, problems with mold, unstable land in the yard, cracking or damaged/unstable pathways and roads, and even damage to the foundations of the buildings, too.

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