As the armadillo spreads farther north, the common question becomes, “How do I control these animals?” Armadillos feed primarily on invertebrates under the soil surface and the rooting action that takes place while they forage often damages lawns and landscapes.Shallow holes 1 to 3 inches deep and 3 to 5 inches wide, usually shaped like an inverted cone, are the most common landowner complaint. Armadillo foraging can also uproot flowers and other plantings. Furthermore, burrowing can cause structural damage to buildings or kill ornamental plants or trees.How do you get rid of these animals? Oftentimes suburban landowners would rather have animals trapped and relocated; however, it is never a good idea to trap and relocate an animal due to its low probability of survival in a new environment and the stress caused to other animals in the area of release.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension wildlife experts recommend following the H.E.R.L. model for wildlife damage management. This step-by-step method starts with ‘H’ for habitat modification or harassment; ‘E’ for exclusion; ‘R’ for repellent or removal; and ‘L’ for lethal control. Habitat modification or harassment and exclusion are the first two choices; however, these methods are often impractical, expensive or ineffective for armadillos.Currently there are no registered repellants for use against armadillos. That leaves us with lethal control. Georgia wildlife regulations do not protect armadillos, so they may be hunted or trapped year-round without limit. While shooting can be an effective control method, it may not be safe or desirable for suburban landowners. If this is the case, trapping should be used as the control method. A UGA study revealed that baiting traps was virtually a waste of time and money. Eleven baits were tested and all revealed a low capture rate. At first glance these results seem discouraging. Trapping is still a viable option for control, but baiting is less important than trap placement.The most effective method for capturing individual animals is to place cage traps with guides toward the door near an active burrow. Traps placed near natural barriers or fences, such as the walls of patios, edges of buildings or landscaping features, will also have greater success.Wire cage live traps measuring at least 10-by-12-by-32 inches are recommended for capturing armadillos. Wings should be constructed of 1-by-6-inch lumber in various lengths and placed in a ‘V’ arrangement in front of the trap. These wings help “funnel” the armadillo into the trap. Random placement of traps yields low success.As is the case when trapping any animal, scouting is paramount. Determine where the damage is occurring and trace it back to an active burrow. If no burrow can be found or it is located on another property, place the trap along the travel corridor. Armadillos often travel along barriers, natural or manmade, so placing a trap along the edges of these barriers can increase success.Armadillo tracks usually appear to be three-toed and show sharp claw marks in the back with two or four claw marks in the front, depending on soil moisture. There is often a distinct drag mark from the tail along the path of travel.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In four Cactus League appearances (one start) for the Dodgers this spring, Frias allowed six runs in eight innings. He posted a 6.12 ERA in 15 games for the Dodgers last year in his first big league action. Frias’ ERA was crushed by a historically bad spot start at Coors Field in which he allowed eight runs in two-thirds of an inning.“He pitched really good out of the bullpen for us,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Frias. “He’s a guy that’s started also. He’s kind of that guy who can do both, and so he fits into what we need right now.”Huff allowed four runs in four innings Tuesday night in his only appearance for the Dodgers. He did not factor into the decision as the Dodgers came back to win, 6-5. The former Huntington Beach Edison and UCLA standout was told he’d been designated after the game.“We really like David,” Mattingly said. “He’s got a chance to be a big part of what we do. Selfishly, we’re hoping he ends up with us.”Dennick, 28, got into eight games with the Reds last year and fared much better against left-handers (1 for 7) than right-handers (6 for 13).Injury reportYasiel Puig was held out of the Dodgers’ starting lineup for the second straight day because of a strained left hamstring. He reported improvement, but did not take part in the usual pregame routine for position players. “We decided to take advantage of the off-day (today) to give him the extra day to give him the best chance,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.Kenley Jansen said that he will begin throwing off a mound Saturday. The closer has only been cleared to throw off flat ground to this point in his recovery from February foot surgery.Brandon League said he will begin throwing Friday from 40 feet on flat ground. The veteran reliever is taking a conservative approach to rehabbing his injured right shoulder, trying to avoid surgery. He has not thrown since March.Left fielder Carl Crawford was held out of the starting lineup as a precaution with a sore ankle. He suffered the injury sliding into second base in the first inning of Tuesday’s game, but was allowed to finish the 10-inning game. There are oversized bobblehead dolls outside Dodger Stadium and oversized numbers that recognize the franchise’s Hall of Famers. There are no statutes of human beings, however. That will change when a statue of Jackie Robinson is installed outside the park, the first of a “Statues Program” announced by team president Stan Kasten on Wednesday.The statue “will be done in a respectful way that pays tribute to the Jackie Robinson we think about every day.”Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow, sat beside Kasten for the announcement prior to the annual Civil Rights game. “How do I feel?” Robinson responded. “I’ve been waiting years for this. It’s the fulfillment of a dream.”Frias gets call upAt one point this week, Carlos Frias was scheduled to start for Triple-A Oklahoma today. Instead he has a locker in the home clubhouse at Dodger Stadium.His call-up was announced shortly after the Dodgers announced they had designated pitcher David Huff for assignment and claimed left-handed pitcher Ryan Dennick off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.The Dodgers have 10 days to place Huff on waivers, trade him, release him, or outright him to the minor leagues. Dennick is now on the 40-man roster and will report to Double-A Tulsa.