How do I keep armadillos out of flower beds?

by Joa28710946
  19 answers
  • Wally seeley Wally seeley on Aug 29, 2017

    LOL we don't have that problem in New Jersey! but we do have a lot of critters that do like to intrude. Mothballs help along with Liquid Fence deer and critter repellant that works really well for about 6 weeks then re apply. I would ask your county agricultural agent or county Master Gardeners for answers

  • Sharon Kugel Sharon Kugel on Aug 30, 2017

    Move to Michigan!

  • Diane Diane on Aug 30, 2017

    I don't know but how cool would that be to have them to see! Why what damage do they cause? Try setting rat traps I am thinking.

  • Aud27172829 Aud27172829 on Aug 30, 2017

    Armadillos are a problem down in southern Ga. They are like mini pigs that root up your yard. Rat traps will not work. You can only hope to deter them by getting rid of the food source. Lawn insecticide works. They may root a bit, but they won't totally destroy it. I have also used cayenne pepper powder. How would you like a snort of pepper up your nose? We had one digging a hole about 2 feet deep, and after filling up the same hole 3 times, It has to be put down pretty often and rain and humidity will weaken or wash it away. The last resort is shoot them.

    • Barbara Bazzell Green Barbara Bazzell Green on Aug 30, 2017

      I trapped them with a have-a-heart trap. Took them out to the country to release them. Used old fruit to lure them inside the trap.

  • Nug19567801 Nug19567801 on Aug 30, 2017

    Quickest way is a Ruger 45. They go through my flower beds like a tiller. I've installed an electric fence along the edges of my brick, used moth balls and many other things but doesn't phase them. I've tried every thing and decided to rid my beds of them once and for all.

  • Me Me on Aug 30, 2017

    Take out the flowerbed.... Sorry, I just had to do that!

  • Myr8816833 Myr8816833 on Aug 30, 2017

    sprinkle hot pepper flakes or just hot pepper. get at $ store

  • Caz Caz on Aug 30, 2017

    raise your flower beds !

  • Pla28610159 Pla28610159 on Aug 30, 2017

    Put out slug bait. They root for the slugs. It worked.

  • Eha24580832 Eha24580832 on Aug 30, 2017

    Move to Canada!

  • Mary Nelson Mary Nelson on Aug 30, 2017

    I had armadillos digging under my back fence from the field behind us. Tried putting an old running shoe in each hole I filled in and it seems to work. I've heard they can't see well but their sense of Smell is very good. Old shoes smell so heck, it can't hurt!!

  • Gloria Keen Gloria Keen on Aug 30, 2017

    My friend use his 22 rifle as a last resort. He left the dead in there holes they dug. They got the picture

  • Ggm17399712 Ggm17399712 on Aug 31, 2017

    Use up that old perfume or cologne that you absolutely hate and pour it around

  • Audrey Audrey on Aug 31, 2017

    Bayer Grub worm killer. You buy it at any home improvement store. I get mine at Home Depot. It is the best for killing their food source. I apply it every 3-4 months. Kill the food source, they don't come back. It's great stuff, to me it is the best.

  • Kay24961101 Kay24961101 on Aug 31, 2017

    Pine mulch helps. They don't like pine.

    • Ree Ree on May 27, 2022

      Pine mulch is what they tear up the worst in my flower beds. We have tried shooting the and ive used humain traps and then more just come but i didnt like dropping them out in country cause thats just doing it to someone else cause i live in the country.. I put out cups of beer because they don't like yeast but that is only a short fix and gets expensive

  • Ted Mahon Ted Mahon on Sep 30, 2019

    Saw an armadillo last evening while walking my dog........just moved south to Nashville and first time in my 65 years that I've found one in my mulch beds and up close and personal. Pretty strange to say the least, it was bigger than my dog. That sucker can til up the beds better than a tiller you rent at Home Depot. I may try cayenne pepper and cologne and see what happens. If nothing else the armadillo will have a burning butt and smell awesome!

  • Ree Ree on May 27, 2022

    I used Cheyenne peppers in my vegetable garden for deer but have thought about trying that for armadillo cause they done normally bother my vegetables but pine straw they love.

  • JoJo JoJo on May 27, 2022

    Traps baited with worms or rotted fruit. Grub granules faithfully put on lawn and around house/building foundations , shrubs every 2 months along with a slow release fertilizer called Malorganite. ( used by golf courses to deter deer from eating shrubs ) It smells disgusting the first few days but it works as long as you don’t sway from your 2 month application schedule. We found that it also keeps the armadillos away. We have spent thousands due to the damage that the armadillos caused. They had tunnels from one sm. building to a garden shed.Had tunnels under our house porch/decks Almost undermined am. Building. Also remember they will birth 4 babies. We laid wire fencing flat around all foundations. All our mulch is pine straw and it doesn’t deter them. They rampaged all shrubs/ plants and we had to replace all. Bought rock & cement to fill in tunnels holes that were 6’ deep or more.Vinegar, ammonia, bleach, gas doesn’t work either. We keep the traps baited, do the grub & Malorganite granules and it finally seems to be stopping them. It’s been very expensive, exhausting & overwhelming.