ARMADILLOS: Armadillos are usually classified as a pest species due to their habit of digging and burrowing. The most common complaints include the following:
- Large tunnel under the house
- Small holes all over the lawn
- Landscaping/mulch is uprooted
- Burrowing is cracking concrete
- Burrowing is destroying pipes
- Presence is alarming dogs/pets
For these reasons, many people wish to have this nuisance animal trapped and removed.
ARMADILLO BEHAVIOR: It is the armadillos natural tendency to dig. They have powerful legs equipped with strong claws, and like most burrowing animals, can dig amazingly quickly, often throwing mounds of dirt out behind them as they plow the earth.
They dig for two primary reasons: first, they make burrows underground in which to live and raise young. They also often dig several shallow (2-4 feet deep) holes in their range in which to escape should danger arise.
The second reason for the digging is food. An armadillo's diet consists primarily of earthworms and beetle larvae (grubs) and sometimes other insects. They have an amazing sense of smell, and root around on the surface, snuffling out food. When they detect it a few inches below the surface, they quickly dig and root their nose in the hole, and lick out the invertebrate with their tongue. Armadillos are nocturnal animals, and do most of this foraging at night, although they will occasionally emerge and become active during daylight hours, often in cooler weather or after a good rainstorm - when the worms come up. They usually sleep during the day, deep inside one of their burrows. They usually have a favorite burrow in which to den.