Before we consider armadillo removal lets see what makes them tick! The word “armadillo” is of Spanish origin and refers to the armor-like covering of these animals. The skin is remarkably modified to provide a double-layered covering of horn and bone over most of the upper surface and sides of the animals, and some protection to the under parts and limbs. Young look like miniature adults when they’re born, and within a few days their leathery skin hardens into armor. The female usually has four young and they will all be the same sex and all genetically identical to the mother. Under parts are covered with soft-haired skin. Hair sometimes projects from under the side plates. They also carry a Leprosy Virus, although it is reputed to be non contagious.
The nine-banded armadillo is about the size of a cat. Armadillos are not native to Florida, but are now common over most of the state. The have expanded their range from the southwest. Armadillos like forested or semi-open habitats with loose textured soil that allows them to dig easily. Home foundations are the perfect attractant. They dig burrows for homes or to escape predators. They eat many insects, or other invertebrates, and some plants. They most often feed at night, and have very poor eyesight. A well maintained yard will provide them with the ideal environment for their food. Unfortunately, the better a yard is maintained, the more is attracts these little miners. We have seen them wander up and dig under our feet. Contrary to popular belief, they do not roll into a ball. That is a different armadillo, different continent! They are also strong enough to rip doors off of traps when they are captured. Their main defense mechanism is to jump straight up and hit whatever is trying to get them.