How to Control Them Without Chemicals
Armadillos can be destructive to lawns, flower beds, gardens, and other cultivated areas in their quest for insects, grubs and other small invertebrates (like fleas and spiders) living underground. In their search armadillos dig numerous small holes and burrow – forming trenches up to 25 feet long. They can also harm ornamental and fruit trees, when their hopeful foraging damages root systems. Controlling them requires an integrated approach using multiple techniques to solve the problem.
Step 1: Reduce Armadillo Attractants
While most of their food is underground, removing fallen fruit from the garden can reduce the allure to armadillos. Areas with low-lying plants or ground covers are also favorites for burrowing activity. Prune up or remove ground covers in affected areas.
Step 2: Eliminate Underground Food Sources
Armadillo problems are often coincident with grub infestations in lawn and other turf areas. Treat these with beneficial nematodes, Hb NemaSeek. If you live in a place with Japanese beetles, consider applying Milky Spore, a bacterial insecticide that targets Japanese beetle grubs.
Step 3: Use Repellents To Deter Re-Entry
Castor Oil repellents (Victor Mole & Gopher Repellent) keep a number or burrowing animals from entering cultivated area.