There really is a reason professional wildlife operators exist. But you're welcome to give it a try yourself first, if it's legal to do so in your state.Not legal in Texas or Florida as far as I know now.I was wondering if these dillos tend to stay put once they dig a hole, or will they move on to better areas after they dig and consume what ever is there?
That's right, it just bumps along the fence and the house until it wanders right into the trap! To be honest though, it's been years since I used fencing like this. I hope this armadillo trapping tips and advice guide helped you to understand the methodology of how to catch an armadillo better.
Now that I've got a keen eye as to which direction armadillos travel, what paths they use, whether a burrow is active or not, etc etc, a lot of little details, I can now just set traps right on the pathways and burrows, and catch them with no problems. You should have learned some of the main principles that took me a whole year in the field to figure out!
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I struggled at successfully trapping armadillos during my first year as a nuisance wildlife operator.
I focus on the burrow or fence slides, which ever is available.
Doing exit trapping that covers the trap under it is known clear, then doing entry trapping by shoving a trap into the burrow has yielded a ton of captures.The key to trapping armadillos is in understanding their behavior. There are many fine manufacturers of traps this size. I've heard people say that armadillos are so tough that they damage this trap, but that's hogwash. I've heard many superstitious people tell me all kinds of stupid baits, from rotten cabbage to bananas to pantyhose filled with earthworms, but I guarantee that none of these work. The only thing, I think, that MAY help at all, as an armadillo lure, and it's a big IF, is actually the scent of another armadillo, so a used trap that's already caught armadillos may be a slight advantage. But they visit these small burrows all the time, and dig them a little deeper here and there, and an escape burrow is never too far from reach.They are nocturnal animals, they live in burrows underground, they dig in the soil for their food (worms and grubs, mostly), they have poor eyesight, they bump into things, and they dig several burrows. I've caught hundreds of armadillos in these traps, and don't see any drawbacks to this model. But 99% of it is in the trap location and setup, as discussed below. So of you can find a main burrow, that's the best bet for frequent visiting, but any burrow is good.I don't know, there's a ton of little things I do, and that's the reason I went from barely catching any armadillos during the start of my career, to a near perfect capture rate now.I don't even use orange fencing like in the below photo. What should I do with the animal after I've caught it?Thanks, Mike My Response: The food source keeps regenerating.