How to Remove Armadillos:
2016 Update to Pest Wildlife Management

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Trapping Armadillos!

Hi my name is Brendan Mangnitz, I have been in the Nuisance Wildlife Removal industry now for nearly 6 years since I graduated from College at UF with a background in Entomology and Wildlife Biology. I have seen and controlled just about any wildlife issue you may think of. I have dealt with armadillos in apartment complexes, armadillo removal from your everyday household, armadillos in the attic, armadillos digging up yards, armadillos in pools, armadillos stuck in chimneys, and the list goes on and on. I have used several different control and removal methods for armadillos and that’s what I want to share with you guys on our website here at

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Removal of the Armadillo: Trapping! Trapping is the most successful and humane way to remove armadillos. There are deterrents for armadillos that you can use, and I will talk about them, but in all honestly the best way to remove armadillos is to trap them. I prefer Havahart Armadillo Traps.

You generally want to buy and use at least two traps when dealing with armadillos in case there are several in the area. You want to put the traps around the property where you are seeing the signs of an armadillo infestation. So put the traps around the garbage, put them on the areas on the lawn where you are seeing the activity. Once you have determined the correct place for the armadillo traps, you will want to set those armadillo traps.

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Next you will want to make sure that you properly bait the trap. There are several different baits you can use. But honestly armadillos are pretty much blind, and their food source is generally insects like white grubs. So what I recommend doing is setting the trap near the areas of activity and building a funnel system with screening to guidet the armadillo directly into the trap. You can also set the trap directly into the burrow so that in order for the armadillo to leave the burrow he walks directly into the trap. Here is what I generally do for armadillo trapping:

*Note- Sometimes armadillos are smart enough to avoid the traps without setting it off. They will also flip the traps. If you run into this, there are a few tricks you can use to fool them.

Stake the traps down in the ground with rebar stakes. It will prevent them from being able to flip the trap. Dig the trap into the dirt and fill around it to avoid the trap from moving.

Live armadillo trapping and removal can take some time. I generally give it a total of 2-4 weeks trapping from start to finish until I catch all of the armadillos. Normally, armadillos travel in pairs or groups, so even if you catch just one armadillo I would recommend keeping the armadillo traps out there for an extended period of time. Be patient, give it time and don’t mess with the traps. Let the bait sit there for a few days and try to catch the armadillo. Bait will normally stay good for about 72 hours depending on weather conditions. Once it is caught, you will need to relocate your armadillo.

That is my How to Guide when it comes to armadillos on your property and how to remove them. Like I have mentioned, my name is Brendan Mangnitz, I have being doing pest wildlife and armadillo removal now for over 6 years. I have worked and trained hundreds of people of the past several years. It takes time, skill, and patience but removing armadillos can be dangerous, but is also something that we deal with on a daily basis here. Armadillos have learned how to thrive and do great in the urban setting. This is not something that is going away. With more and more houses coming up everyday, more land being constructed and developed we will always have issues with armadillos in the garden and lawn. Just read and learn how to protect yourself, your family and your home and you should be good to go. If you have any questions you can email directly at or call my cell 1-321-236-9031 any time of the day or night 24/7 THANKS!