Finding exactly the right place to put your armadillo trap is hard work when the anima lives underground and can't regularly be physically seen. Sadly, no knowledge of the underground lair will often lead to unsuccessful trapping efforts, and that's one of the first things that any armadillo removal company will tell you.
You MUST learn where the burrow is, in your backyard, to know where to put the traps.
Finding something that trails for many feet below ground is a tough challenge, of course. Especially when you're talking about tunnels that can sometimes be over ten or fifteen feet long. One single burrow can have multiple entrance points, usually partially covered over by something. This could be a sidewalk, driveway or road, a building or fence/wall, trees, garden debris, wood piles, bushes and shrubs, and more.
Look at areas where it looks like the ground has been disturbed — loose soil, moved-around leaves and twigs, etc. That ground and material must have been disturbed by something. That ‘something' could very easily be an armadillo. They dig around for grubs, worms, and other insects below the ground, so you will find small pit-like holes. Areas of this kind of activity will usually indicate an armadillo presence and you can use these sightings to catch it.
Areas that offer the armadillo some sort of shade and protection for entrance burrows will also offer other animals the same features, so by checking these areas whether you have seen signs or armadillos or not, is a smart decision. This includes areas of low-lying bushes and shrubs, brush piles, and other ground coverage. It is wise to bear in mind that abandoned armadillo burrows are frequently adopted by snakes, foxes, and other animals. Whatever burrowing wild pests you have in that area local to you, could then move right into your backyard.
Armadillos that have been around for some time will usually have built a secondary burrow, often a slightly smaller one to start with, to use then the primary one is disturbed by humans or other predators. If you have sought out the first burrow, always check around the rest of your garden for signs that there could be another one, or the potential growth of another one. An armadillo that has been chased or harassed out of one burrow might not necessarily leave your land entirely, choosing instead to set up home in another area.
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