How Long Does it Take to Trap an Armadillo?

A successful armadillo trapping job can be over and done within just 24 hours when you have everything exactly as it should be. This rarely happens for an inexperienced trapper, of course, with a number of things going wrong and leading to the animal never going anywhere near the trap you've put down for it. An experienced armadillo trapper can do some investigative work, set traps, come back the next day and find an animal in that trap, and then remove it safely and swiftly. (And usually for a couple of hundred bucks — cheaper than the tools and equipment you'll need to buy.)

There are a series of steps that you must go through in order to quickly and effectively trap an armadillo ready for removal:

1 - Investigation.

This involves working out where the burrows are in the back garden, counting the entrances, and learning the commonly-hit areas of your property for grub-digging and travelling.

Traps must be placed along commonly-travelled routes to catch an armadillo.

2 - Trap Purchasing.

Lethal traps do not work against armadillos because the animal is armoured. It might injure the animal, but it won't destroy the animal, making the practice excessively inhumane.

Non-lethal cage traps designed for raccoons are the best size and type, and strong metal-types are an absolute must. If you have quite a large amount of ground to cover or you believe the burrow has many entrances, purchase more than one trap. The more you have, the quicker the job will be finished.

3 - Trap Placement.

The positioning of the trap is perhaps one of the most important parts of trying to trap an armadillo. If you don't get the placement just right, the armadillo simply won't go anywhere near it.

Traps must be positioned in such a way that the animal has no choice but to encounter them, along a route that the animal would regularly have taken. If it needs to go out of its way to find the trap, it won't find it.

4 - Forget About Bait.

Armadillos eat insects and worms, which are quite difficult to find, buy, and/or get to sit still in the trap. There are plenty of hacks and tricks to incorporate bait into your armadillo trapping efforts, but it's not necessary. With correct trap positioning, you won't need bait at all.

5 - Camouflage the Trap.

Grab all the garden debris you can get your hands on, and then sprinkle it all around the trap, leading into the trap, over the trap, and across the floor of the trap. The more you make it look like it was always there, growing among the wilderness, the better.

Using garden debris also serves another purpose — it helps to mask the scent you'll have likely left all over it.

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