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Critter problems..Help

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dukester, Aug 21, 2002.

  1. dukester

    dukester LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    One of my customers has a Armadillo in the back yard. It's digging holes all over the place. "Every night". Anyway to get rid of the critter? I not interested in setting on the back porch with a shotgun all night. They don't pay that much..Duke
  2. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 935

    I would have them call the Animal Ward or something. I would think they could get rid of it.
  3. dforbes

    dforbes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 195

    in our area we have companies that specialize in this area. although we dont have armidillos, we have moles squirels, snakes and other pests. I contract this out, add 15% to the cost and bill the customer. Most customers like this because they deal with us, someone they trust.
  4. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382

    I was just wondering,as only Armadillos here are in the zoo,does it dig a hole and live down it like a big rabbit?or does it live in the bushes and come out at night to dig holes in lawn?:confused:
  5. Husqman

    Husqman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    They dig for grubs and worms usually late at night and they can really tear up a yard in a hurry. They can be pretty hard to catch in a live trap.
  6. dukester

    dukester LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    My customer contacted a "Critter Control" outfit. The price is $425.00 to get the worm eating. LOL I told my wife we should tape a couple of worms to a steal trap and let him stick is head on that. My son said to buy a plastic tub of fishing worms and put them in a trap. If we can find a way to keep the worms in the trap this might work.. Now he thinks he wants to be a Critter Control agent when he grows up. What next? Duke
  7. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,071

    The city in wich we live in will lend you a live trap. If you can attain one, just put a can of tuna in it for bait. Usually after capturing our own cat a time or two we will catch the offending critter. Good luck and Happy hunting
  8. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 533

    Armadillo ???!!! mmm...possum on the half shell...good eatin :)
  9. dforbes

    dforbes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 195

    The critter getters here charge a bounty, so much for each one captutuered. I know $425.00 seems like a lot but how much will it cost to redo the lawn. Maybe if you called him up an offered to refer all your critter business, he would give you a discount
  10. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Posts: 648

    I would do two things. First, I'd put out an insecticide like Talstar granule. That would put a end to their food supply. Second, I would put out a live trap baited with assorted sliced fruit. I've had success with it. Getting rid of the grubs and such would be beneficial anyway. Good luck.

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