I had the opportunity to deal with them several times in GA. The big problem is that they are after insects and worms and so on in the mulch and soil, not plants per se. But they can certainly turn a garden upside down in their search. So it's difficult to bait any kind of trap. Other than a stout fence, I found by trial and error that a foliar and mulch spray of diluted urine works pretty well as a general repellent. At first I was using hot pepper and hot pepper/urine combinations but a summer of heavy armadillo presence proved that straight urine on mulches and diluted urine on plants worked!
Incidentally they make decent eating. "Possum on the half shell!" say the country folks in GA!
Jeff W. : I just can't resist making a smart assed remark about seeing how your mind works ! But then, mine is much worse!
Actually Armadillos are a perfect host for Hansons disease, also known as Leprosy, They are currently being used as Lab animals
for research on the disease, as such you are in a lot more danger (not much)from hadling or caring for an Armadillo found in a lab
than in a wild Armadillo!
The Bacterial disease that you can get if you are bit by a deer tick Lime disease is very closely related to Syphlis, probably this
caused confusion in someone you know who passed that information on incorrectly ! Hope this helped and was timely Big AL
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Armadillos seem to be basically blind. If you are the sporting type, a headlamp and a bass net are all you'll need to catch them at night.
If you're the less adventurous type they fall pretty quick to a shot of lead poisoning.
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