How to Remove Armadillos:
2016 Update to Pest Wildlife Management

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Relocating Armadillos!

Hi my name is Brendan Mangnitz, I have been in the Nuisance Wildlife Removal industry now for nearly 6 years since I graduated from College at UF with a background in Entomology and Wildlife Biology. I have seen and controlled just about any wildlife issue you may think of. I have dealt with armadillos in apartments complex, armadillo Removal from your everyday household, armadillos in the attic, armadillos digging up yards, armadillos in pools, armadillos stuck in chimney’s, and the list goes on and on. I have used several different control and removal methods for Armadillos and that’s what I want to share with you guys on our website here at

I caught the armadillo what do I do next?? Simple – Humanely relocate the animal! Armadillos have a great sense of smell and direction. So when you catch the armadillo you want to make sure you relocate it from far away from your residence, 25 miles or so should do the trick. Every state and county is different, you will want to contact your local wildlife management agency like fish and wildlife commission and get their state statutes on relocation. Generally it’s a 40 acre plot of land where you have written consent from the owner. You want to relocate the armadillos to an area that you know they will thrive in and be safe. Examples of good areas would be like wildlife management preserves, forests, areas that are their natural habitat.

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When you have the animal in the trap you want to make sure that you handle the animal safely. DO NOT put your fingers in the trap, do not mess with it, the animal can scratch or bite you which would then be a rabies scare and you would need to go and get tested. What you need to do is buy good Kevlar Glove like THESE, these are rated for animal handling. If you caught the animal the law states that the animal has to be released from the trap within 24 hours of the armadillo being caught. The sooner the better for the longer that the animal is in the trap the more it will suffer. We want to focus on humane and safe animal trapping.

Traps have a handle on the top of the trap and a safety plate. You want to grab the handle of the trap, NO OTHER AREA of the trap. The armadillo may try and stick its arm out of the trap, that’s why you want to wear the Kevlar animal handling gloves and only hold the handle. Be careful when you are holding the trap, don’t keep it to close to your legs or it may reach out and try to grab your legs or shoes. Be very safe when holding the trap and transporting the animal.

Finally, when you have chosen the area in which you are going to relocate the armadillo, you will want to safely set the armadillo trap down. Point the trap away from you, and in the direction which you intent to relocate the animal. ALWAYS stand behind the trap when you are ready to release the animal. You will want to push down on the safety bar and spring, this will then allow the door to be pulled up. Then you want to pull the door all the way up, this will allow the armadillo to safely exit the trap. Generally, the armadillo will run right out of the trap. In the event that the armadillo slowly leaves the trap and is facing you put your arms in the air as if you are a bear and make several loud predator sounds this will scare the armadillo causing the armadillo to leave and run away.

And that is my How to Guide when it comes to armadillos on your property and how to remove them. Like I have mentioned my name is Brendan Mangnitz I have being doing pest wildlife and armadillo removal now for over 6 years. I have worked and trained hundreds of people over the past ten years. It takes time, skill, and patience but removing armadillos can be dangerous, but is also something that we deal with on a daily basis here. Armadillos have learned how to thrive and do great in the urban setting. This is not something that is going away. With more and more houses coming up everyday, more land being constructed and developed we will always have issues with armadillos in the garden and lawn. Just read and learn how to protect yourself, your family and your home and you should be good to go. If you have any questions you can email directly at or call my cell 1-321-236-9031 any time of the day or night 24/7 THANKS!