The nine-banded armadillo, named after it's nine breaks in the leathery armor is generally about the size of a house cat. This native mammal of southwestern North America has expanded into Tennessee, and is now considered common. Armadillos eat many insects and plants, and are mostly active at night due to very poor eyesight. When startled, armadillos often leap into the air and then run for cover.
Problems and Damage
Most armadillo damage is caused from their feeding habits, leaving behind holes that can be several inches deep. Armadillos are also known to destroy gardens and even uproot shrubs in search for food. Additionally, armadillos will typically not inhabit human dwelling areas instead they create burrows along foundation walls, driveways, or side walks. These burrows over time can cause structural issues if left unattended. Armadillos are known to carry leprosy which can be spread to humans through contact with their saliva. However, not all armadillos carry this disease but any scratches or bites should be treated immediately by a medical professional.
Prevention and Exclusions
To keep armadillos from invading your lawn, Complete Animal Removal can put you on our monthly service program where one of our Wildlife Specialist stops by your home once a month to spray an armadillos deterrent as well as look for any new armadillo activity. If your technician finds evidence of any new activity your monthly service provides 7 days of trapping to remove the armadillo from your lawn.