Armadillos

kabby_z8June 7, 2007

Some people have their voles, some have deer, squirrels( a sometime problem for me)and rabbits but my major pests are armadillos.

I know about shooting and trapping but is there something chemically that will deter them? I know about ridding myself of grubs, fences. I have a chainlink fence and then I actually have other fencing around certain daylily beds but still they come. Would a castor oil product work?

I shouldn't have told my husband a few weeks ago, "I haven't had much armadillo damage this yr." Shut my mouth!! I can't keep up with re-covering the roots of the daylilies, placing them back where they belong. It's a new bed everyday. Even if I get no tips from y'all I was allowed to vent! LOL!

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goldhillal(7b)

Right now I am using moth balls. I am not positive it is working, but damage seems to be less. I just fling them out where damage seems worse. Moth balls deter squirrels so I am trying them on the armadillos. A possible mode of action is the naphthalene kills or runs off the insects and grubs in the vicinity. According to what I read recently, armadillos are so dumb that even when the grubs/bugs in an area are poisoned it can take up to a week for them to realize they need to find new feeding grounds. rottsa ruck.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 8:08AM
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mimidi(z8)

Glad to know I am not alone in my feelings for the armadillo. Where I water they especially love to dig. I will try the moth ball thing. I have also been told moth ball will keep snakes away. Now that I don't have a clue about.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 12:18PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I can't think of too many more toxic substances than moth balls. The chance of non target poisoning is pretty high, too. They are not intended to be used (ever) outside in the open or in holes in the ground. They are not intended to be used to repel anything (bats, squirrels, 'dillos, cats, dogs, mice, skunks, moles, etc.) including moths. They KILL moths when used according to label directions.

Accidental inhalation or ingestion of naphthalene can cause serious to severe injury or disease and even death.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 1:22PM
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sundog7(7)

Most modern moth balls are made from 1,4-Dichlorobenzene (para-dichlorobenzene or p-DCB), not naphthalene. Though still a poison, it's not nearly as bad as one would think.

There are cases of people who have eaten p-DCB products regularly for months to years because of its sweet taste. These people had skin blotches and lower numbers of red blood cells.

Here is a link that might be useful: 1,4-Dichlorobenzene

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 7:35PM
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jonnypop

if im not mistaken there is a product out that is made from mountain lion urine dont know what its called but i know it makes them think that its a natural predators teritory .so stay away or get eaten.safe for plants too

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 9:26PM
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kabby_z8

My husband was in town today and stopped by the co op. He said they did have something to repel the dillos but he wanted me to read the warnings on the labels first. Two precious dogs can't be replaced if they should get into something that they shouldn't.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 9:30PM
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mimidi(z8)

I would not want to use anything repel them that would kill my butterflies and hummingbirds. We got a 1/2 inch rain late yesterday afternoon and some areas of my yard looks as if it has been plowed up. The armadillos really had a feast last night.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2007 at 8:32AM
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roseyp8255(z8 - SC AL)

they ahve been busy in my yard as well. only thing they bother is the flowerbeds where the soaker hoses are, naturally. have tried lining beds in double bricks - not working - everyone was right that said "it won't work" but it was worth a try.....Gotta get outside and get to hunting again - can't do traps b/c of my cat.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2007 at 1:20PM
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kabby_z8

Well I can vouch for the moth balls not working, I had already put them out before posting. I have replanted daylilies so many times they don't know what to do. Bricks on top of the roots didn't work. I got some old tomato cages that taper down to the ground and placed it around certain plants and those have stayed in place. Not feasible for large raised beds like I have. They also seem to attack the same beds so I'm thinking left over hog wire until they slack off. And they will slow down, it's just they are very active in the spring. Hog wire isn't attractive but what the hey!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2007 at 3:34PM
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kabby_z8

Okay, I did go to the co op and they have a quart spray bottle of BioDefend's Armadillo Repellent. IT WORKS. I couldn't beieve it, I watered the flower beds very heavily, and then sprayed the plants and around the edge of the bed. They dug out in the yard instead, and tunneled under some potted gingers. I can handle that. It was $18 for the bottle, the spray is supposed to last 90 days. It does have castor bean oil in it, and the plants have a sheen to them but they are none the worse for wear. I'm a happy camper!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2007 at 1:52PM
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lucky_p

How 'bout some armadillo recipes?

Here is a link that might be useful: Critter Cuisine

    Bookmark   July 8, 2007 at 9:22AM
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tsmith2579(7B)

I hope the Critter Cuisine cookbook is a joke. Please do not eat armadillo meat. Armadillos are a known host for the Hansen's disease bacteria. Hansen's disease is LEPROSY. Handling the uncooked meat could expose one to leprosy, an incurable disease. Like tuberculosis, leprosy can be arrested but is never cured. Relapse is always possible.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2007 at 12:14PM
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roseyp8255(z8 - SC AL)

i think i am gonna try the biodefend. Thanks Kabby!

I don't know if you remember me - i came and got some of your crinums last year. they haven't bloomed yet - but are getting bigm thnaks to my sprinklers....

    Bookmark   July 8, 2007 at 12:39PM
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kabby_z8

Save your money Rosey, it lasted all of 2 days before they were digging again. I told my husband to buy a dumptruck load of sand and we were going to go around each section of the chainlink fence and plug up holes. I won't shoot them so the only way is to stop the access to my flowerbeds. I've lost valuable daylilies because of these armour plated BUGS!
And of course I remember you, it took us awhile to get coordinated for you to get your plants. By the way anyone want any JC Harvey crinum? LOL!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 12:06PM
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roseyp8255(z8 - SC AL)

oh i have no qualms about shooting at them - i just don't do so hot at hitting them!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 9:31PM
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