How To Handle Armadillos On Your Bradenton Property
Armadillos are an important part of a healthy ecosystem. However, these unique animals belong in the wild, not so much in your backyard. If you see armadillos around your Bradenton property, Keller's Pest Control is here to help. We provide comprehensive pest control in Bradenton and know how to remove armadillos and other wildlife animals from your property safely.
What Are Armadillos?
Many people incorrectly believe that armadillos are either marsupials or rodents. The truth is, they fit into neither of those categories. Armadillos are mammals that are closely related to the anteater and the sloth. There are over 20 different species of armadillos; however, the nine-banded armadillo is the only species found in Florida.
The nine-banded armadillo is about the same size as a house cat but has a much larger tail that is around 14 to 16 inches long. It has several grayish-brown scaly plates that cover its body, head, and tail. The plates act as a shield and help protect it from predators. This armadillo also has a long snout, large pointy ears, and long claws that help it dig in the ground.
This armadillo (little armored one) gets its name from the nine-joint armor bands located in the middle of its torso. The bands help it to be more flexible and allow it to curl into a protective ball when a predator is nearby.
The Problem Armadillos Can Cause On Your Property
For the most part, armadillos try to stay away from people and are not usually aggressive toward humans. However, they can become infected with rabies, which is why you should always steer clear of this animal if you see it in your yard. Armadillos are also known to carry and spread leprosy to people, but as long as you don't come into close contact with these animals, you are not at a high risk of catching this dangerous disease.
Armadillos can also destroy your lawn and personal property. They love to burrow in the ground and often have small holes scattered throughout your yard. The digging cannot only cause damage to your landscape but also damage underground pipes and electrical cables.
Call The Experts For Professional Armadillo Removal
In Florida, it is legal to set live traps for armadillos. However, it is not easy to trap these creatures. Unlike other types of wildlife in Bradenton, armadillos can be exceptionally challenging to trap without experience.
It is best to call a professional specializing in wildlife control in Bradenton to get rid of armadillos on your property. A professional will have a better understanding of the habits and behaviors of the armadillo. They will also have unique techniques that will allow them to capture these animals easily.
Armadillo And Wildlife Prevention Tips For Bradenton Property Owners
If you want to keep armadillos away from you Bradenton home, try following these easy wildlife prevention tips:
Eliminate the amount of fruit and berry plants that you have growing in your yard.
Remove any tree limbs or other debris they can use as a hiding spot.
Have your yard treated for insects to remove grubs, ants, and other food sources.
The best way to keep your Bradenton yard armadillo-free is to call us today. At Keller's Pest Control, we have decades of experience dealing with armadillos and other wildlife. We will safely remove the armadillos from your yard and work with you to develop a comprehensive plan to ensure they do not come back. Call us today for a free estimate and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Bradenton.