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How to Kill Armadillos - Poison, Shoot

I'm guessing that you're having a problem with armadillos *1. They are most likely digging up your yard, filling it with holes, throwing dirt everywhere. Maybe they're digging up your landscaping. Perhaps you've got a big hole, an armadillo burrow, next to your house or under your shed, and there's a giant mound of dirt there. Whatever the case, you want those pesky armadillos gone! You want to kill the armadillos!



How do you you kill an armadillo? Well, you could try poison. You can go to your local department store and in the wildlife eradication aisle, there should be various selections of poison for armadillos. Just sprinkle it on your yard where the armadillos are feeding, or pour some down the hole, and it'll kill the armadillo no problem. *2



Or you can set a lethal body grip trap, such as a connibear 120. Find the armadillo burrow, and set the trap right over the hole, and then when this dumb brute walks into the trap, WHAM, it's dead. *3



Or why not just get your trusty rifle or shotgun, and shoot the armadillo to death? That's one sure way to kill an armadillo. Heck, why are you even on this armadillo page if you've got a powerful gun handy-dandy locked and loaded at your side? You know what to do, just load 'er up, aim, and fire away! Armadillo problem solved! *4

Okay, if you haven't guessed, I'm kidding about these methods. It's true that if you really want to kill armadillos, you can try the above tactics, and they may work. I'm not disputing that. And if you really want to kill armadillos, there's no one stopping you. It's not against the law, as far as I know, although you might want to check your state's regulations. But I am here to tell you that if you merely have an armadillo problem that you want to solve, there's a far easier way to do it than by killing them. Killing them is hard, and it takes work, and it's potentially dangerous for you and other animals (those body grip traps as shown above are killers of everything, from dogs to cats).

All you've got to do is trap the armadillos in live cage traps, and then relocate them about five miles away. It's easy, way easier than trying to shoot them or set a lethal trap. If you want to learn more about the process, click this link about how to trap an armadillo. Basically, you just need to set a large sturdy cage trap on the armadillo's path, or even right over the burrow. Make sure it's flush with the ground and doesn't rattle. No bait needed. If you need help with trapping - and to be honest, experience does help a lot with trapping success - and want a professional to assist you, you can click on this map of Professional Wildlife Removal Companies and you'll find someone in your area.

*1 Unless you want to kill one to eat it. Some people do hunt and kill armadillos to eat them, which I advise against, because it has actually been documented that this is a way for humans to contract leprosy. See this letter about armadillo leprosy.

*2 I'm actually kidding here. There is no effective or registered armadillo poison out there. How the heck would you even get an armadillo to eat it? Armadillos eat ALL their food out of the ground, all live earthworms and grubs. They'll never eat anything dead, or anything on the surface of the ground. So even if you could find an armadillo poison, there'd be no way to administer it.

*3 These body grip traps are real, they are used by old-time fur trappers, and they do work. Yes, you can kill an armadillo with a lethal body death-grip trap. But these traps are for professionals only. They are difficult to set, and very dangerous. And they very frequently kill animals not intended. They are hair trigger. If an opossum, skunk, groundhog, or worse, a dog goes sniffing around the burrow and the trap - which is what these animals do - they're going to get snapped to death or to a gruesome injury. And actually, these traps are not meant for armadillos, with their bony armor. I don't think this is a good choice at all.

*4 It would actually be fairly hard to shoot an armadillo to death. It's not that their armor would protect them. A strong enough gun would penetrate through the plates. It's that armadillos sleep 20 hours a day. They only come around for a few hours at night, and then they move around quickly, rooting in the soil. It might be hard to find the animal and shoot it in the dark. And if you live in a neighborhood, it's likely illegal for you to discharge a firearm there anyway.

So there you go, I do believe that trapping in cage traps is by far the easiest option for armadillo control. It's true that once in a trap, you could kill it then, but I've worked with these animals for many years, and I really do think they're great creatures. I don't care if people kill squirrels, for example, but armadillos are neat. They can live a long time, and I don't think they should be killed. But it's your call. If you want to learn more about armadillo behavior and biology, go to may main armadillo removal page.

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