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.
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0Shares0000Gor Mahia players Karim Nizigiyimana and Francis Kahata at the Goodison Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 as Gor Mahia watched Everton play against Brighton in an EPL game. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 4 – Gor Mahia’s second day in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Saturday started off at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground, but definitely, the biggest agenda on the day was getting the match-day experience when the hosts took on Brighton Hove & Albion at their Goodison Park home-ground in an English Premier League match.Everton won 3-1 with Brazilian wonder-kid hitting a goal in either half and captain of the day Shemus Coleman adding on a third with a sublime low drive as the Toffees continued with their good run going to ninth in the league standings. Richarlisoooooon!!! I was here to witness him add points to my FPL pic.twitter.com/EvXxvVtbW6— Lemaiyan (@kakatimm) November 3, 2018It was a match that Everton fans described as the best season, with one of the journalists attached to Everton and working for the Liverpool Echo describing the second half as the best he has seen the Blues play in a long while.Gor Mahia players at the Goodison Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 as Gor Mahia watched Everton play against Brighton in an EPL game. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAll this action, Gor and the accompanying group of journalists and SportPesa officials watched from the Bullens Road Stand, mixing in with the fans and soaking in the atmosphere at the iconic grounds.Players watched keenly, analyzing every move and thinking of what to do on Tuesday night to counter the crisp-passing and swift Evertonians.Gor Mahia players Cersidy Okeyo and Humphrey Mieno at the Goodison Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 as Gor Mahia watched Everton play against Brighton in an EPL game. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It is great watching them play live. It is our first time watching an English Premier League game and it is truly a great feeling,” goalkeeper Shabaan Odhoji said.Prior to the match, the entire visiting Kenyan contingent went into the fanzone, mixing up with the fans for pre-match fun and activities.After that, they all headed pitch-side for a great experience, standing beside the immaculate Goodison Park Turf as the players warmed up, soaking in the match-day experience.Fans stream in to the Goodison Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 to watch Everton play against Brighton in an EPL game. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFrom there, the team headed to the Bullens Road Stand to catch the game.On this day, it wasn’t such a noisy day for the Everton fans who watched the game chilled out and only erupted when Richarlison broke the deadlock. When Brighton equalized, the away team stand erupted while the rest of the stadium sunk into silence.Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava at the Goodison Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 as Gor Mahia watched Everton play against Brighton in an EPL game. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBut the noise lit up in the second half, the fans chanting up the players in a bid to push them and get a win. It worked with Coleman scoring his first goal in over a year and Richarlison adding up for his brace.Almost 38,000 fans attended the game.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from United Kingdom- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)