We are western mammals known for our unique armor-like shell and notorious for our digging habits. One us in particular - the nine-banded armadillo - has made its way into the southern United States, and is the focus of this page.
Signs of armadillo damage include:
holes throughout lawn, about 3-5" wide and 1-3" deep
uprooted plants and seedlings
burrow entrances, about 7-10" in diameter, next to or underneath structures, sidewalks, brush piles, low-lying shrubs, etc.
damaged underground wires or pipes
cracked foundation or concrete sidewalk/driveway
armadillo tracks: four toes in front with elongated center two toes; five toes in back with elongated center three toes; all claws visible.
We have the ability to carry the bacterium that causes leprosy in humans (Mycobacterium leprae). However, the risk of contracting leprosy from an us is extremely low.