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Armadillo

Armadillo

Armadillo

Dasypodidae

Color: pink and dark brown to black, gray, yellow and red.

Size: The smallest is the pink fairy armadillo, which is about 6 inches (15 centimeters) long.
Giant armadillos are the largest species, and are about 5 feet (1.5 meters) long.

Armadillos live in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests, grasslands, and semi-deserts.

Activity: In native southern regions, armadillos are nocturnal year-round, keeping cool underground during the day and foraging at night. However because of the armadillos' relatively low body temperature, the nine-banded species in North America tends to change its habits in the cooler months and emerge during the day to take advantage of the warm sun.

Reproduction: Reproduction for the nine-banded armadillo begins in early summer, and the breeding period lasts about 2-3 months. It takes up to 4 months for a fertilized egg to become implanted and another 4 before young are born. Each time, the fertilized egg breaks into four identical zygotes, yielding quadruplets.

Social Interaction: Solitary animals, armadillos spend their lives foraging alone and only interact to breed or care for their young. Young armadillos become independent about 6-12 months after they are born.

Digging: Armadillos are prolific diggers that excavate land for food and dig profound burrows for shelter. They prefer to dig in areas with loose, porous soil, rich in insects and invertebrates.

Armadillos are mainly insectivores, with over 90% of their diet consisting of animal matter, like insects and other invertebrates like beetles, larvae, worms, termites, grasshoppers, ants, maggots, snails etc..

Most armadillo damage comes about as a result of their digging habits, taking the forms of holes and burrows.

Armadillos have the ability to carry the bacterium that causes leprosy in humans (Mycobacterium leprae).

Reduce Attractants

Armadillos wander into your yard in search of food and shelter. Because the majority of an armadillo's food is underground, completely removing attractants is nearly impossible. However there are important steps you can take to make your yard less welcoming:

Remove cover like brush, woodpiles, low-lying bushes and shrubs. Armadillos prefer to burrow in areas with ample cover, so by opening up your yard, they'll feel less at home.

Clean up any fallen berries or fruit, which may attract armadillos.

Fencing:

Use a properly constructed fence to completely exclude armadillos from your yard or garden. Your armadillo fence should achieve the following in order to keep armadillos out:

  • Stand at least 24" tall
  • penetrate the ground at least 6-12"
  • angle outwards at the top, about 40°

Fencing may be intrusive to the aesthetic of your backyard, but it's effective and one of the best ways to keep your yard clear of armadillo destruction.

MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS AND TREATMENT FOR Armadillo CONTROL

Pests need food, water, and shelter. Often the problem may be solved just by removing these key items. Before even thinking about chemical pest control, it is important to be aware of Pest’s Conducive conditions & It’s Recommendations.

Pesticides can be purchased in many different forms, each form has specific uses and application methods The pesticide application method you choose depends on the nature and habits of the target pest, the properties of the pesticide, the suitability of the application equipment, and the cost and efficiency of alternative methods. Your choice is often predetermined by one or more of these factors. Follow label directions for volume recommendations and application rates based on the pest to be controlled and utilize appropriate application tips on equipment. , these application methods are for informational purposes only. To know specific applications method/s for the product you buy, please refer actual packages for complete Label Verbiage.

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