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Animal Diggings Holes In Lawn

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Most Lawn Digging is Caused by Armadillo or Moles
Armadillos dig 2 types of holes. They create burrows to shelter themselves from the hot sun during the day. And they dig shallow, conical holes as they graze for grubs. Wildlife Patrol does not currently trap for moles.

   Examples of Armadillo Burrows
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Armadillo burrows are all large enough for a person to easily stick their hand into.  Blindly sticking your hand into a hole, however, is a very bad idea - as snakes love to move into old dillo burrows.  If you come across an armadillo burrow on your property, the first thing to do is to see if the hole is active.  Do this by filling the hole back up with soil.  If the hole has been abandoned, it will stay shut.  If its an active burrow, the hole will be re-dug over the next few days. If the digging is troublesome, your best bet is to trap for the critters.

Armadillos inhabit a home range of about 6-8 residential yards and have many burrows throughout this range.  They make dig and use many burrows.  Consequently the animal will probably not be in 'your' burrow.  And it may not return for a few days.

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It can be very hard to catch armadillo when the only evidence is light grazing.  Light grazing may only mean that one armadillo came by one night and stuck his nose in the lawn a few times and was later hit by a bus.  Armadillos are always easy to catch when they are consistently digging holes in an Oviedo property, but light activity may mean the animal is long gone and trapping may be unsuccessful.

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Armadillos eat insects in the earth. They are nocturnal animals that put their nose down to the ground and sniff out their food.


Back in the early part of the 20th Century an enterprising roadside entrepreneur in Florida imported some armadillos from Texas to display to curious passers-by.

Naturally the critters escaped, and now roam Florida with no natural predators except the automobile. Your Oviedo armadillos are probably descended from the Florida escapees, but it would be a little extreme to chase them down with your car if they’re living under the house....that’s really tough on your car, y’know?


Armadillos are often used in the study of leprosy, since they, along with mangabey monkeys, rabbits and mice (on their footpads), are among the few known non-human animal species that can contract the disease systemically. They are particularly susceptible due to their unusually low body temperature, which is hospitable to the leprosy bacterium.

The Nine-banded Armadillo also serves science through its unusual reproductive system, in which four genetically identical quadruplets (all the same sex) are born in each litter.Because they are always genetically identical, the group of four young provides a good subject for scientific, behavioral or medical tests that need consistent biological and genetic makeup in the test subjects. This is the only manifestation of polyembryony in the class mammalia, and only exists within the genus Dasypus and not in all armadillos, as is commonly believed. Other species which display this trait include parasitic wasps, certain flatworms and various aquatic invertebrates. [5]

Armadillos (mainly Dasypus) make common roadkill due to their habit of jumping to about fender height when startled (such as by an oncoming car). Wildlife enthusiasts are using the northward march of the armadillo as an opportunity to educate others about the animals, which can be a burrowing nuisance to homeowners, cemetery caretakers and golf course superintendents.


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