We're not going to beat around the bush here; you need very specific ingredients for a successful armadillo trapping recipe. This is not an animal that can easily be lured into a trap by the prospect of food, which means that you'll need to put 100% more effort into other aspects of the job.
Putting armadillo traps in exactly the right spot is key to successfully trapping these interlopers.
You will need to put traps directly along the route that the armadillo would naturally have taken. You can't persuade an armadillo to take an alternate route just because there is food in a trap, and a trap that is placed somewhere the animal wouldn't visit otherwise will simply be ignored.
Using more than one trap will have better results, but will also come with additional costs. We recommend using two traps for a regular backyard burrow + armadillo situation, but if you have a very large garden or property, you may require multiple traps. In cases such as these, it is usually much cheaper to hire in a professional. A standard armadillo removal job is around $150. We know a few homeowners who have spent $300 on traps before then giving us a call because they weren't successful.
Live cage traps that are designed for raccoons are around the right size for an armadillo, and you will need to make sure that the traps are clean and scent-free. Wear gloves when you handle them, and camouflage them a little once they have been popped into position. Garden debris, mess and waste can work well for this — you just need to make the trap look more like its surroundings.
The best place for armadillo traps in your back garden is around the edges. If you can see burrow entrances — and those entrances look as though they are still regularly being used — you could consider placing the traps close by.
Traps are most effective when they are placed along a wall, fence or similar, because the critter will run along these as they move around on your property. They will avoid large, open spaces.
If you have not trapped an armadillo within the first couple of days of putting the trap there, move the trap. A successfully placed trap should capture the animal very quickly.
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