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armadillo and pocket gopher problems?

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by soddog#1, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. soddog#1

    soddog#1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    i have built some traps from schematics i got from the internet to catch armadillo's because the metal traps were not holding them. i also have found the best spring traps to catch pocket gophers with. my business is mostly sod and irrigation but this trapping has definitely filled some slow day. i know all you guys are on the lawns alot and if your seeing these problems let me know i'll send the best ways to catch. Good extra money.
  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    Yep there is money in trapping.

    I am listed on the FWC website as a Nuances Wildlife Trapper and have been for many years now. I also post on Trapping forums and listen to trapping Pro casts on Sunday night etc etc.

    A good place for a beginner to start is u tube. There is a ton of videos about traps and trapping. You have to wade past the bad to get to the good but it is worth the effort.

    While I am sure your traps are great, I have been trapping the same way with the same equipment that works great for me for years.

  3. bug-guy

    bug-guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,029

    i have heard it was illegal to release armadillo's, because they are a non-native species. is that true??
  4. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    Bug Guy

    Good point and I had this discussion just yesterday about Feral Bees with a Bee Remover guy at Burger King where we were both having lunch.

    He removes the African Bee Queen and replaces her with a European Queen Bee. He of course makes his real living from Honey production and does Bee removal on the side. Therefore he is relocating the Bees which is Legal as is relocating Armadillo.

    The Big issue with armadillos is DISEASE Beside Leprosy they carry a number of diseases. 95% of the Human population is immune to leprosy, but do you want to take a change you are in the 5%? BTW Carville Louisiana has the only Leprosy hospital that I know of in the world.

    It is not illegal to relocate nuisance wildlife however Dr Bill Kern of the U of F research center in Broward County is the leading expert on Nuisance wildlife. He recommend euthanizing all feral wild life for the following reasons.

    1. The transmission of disease especially with Bees which are in decline because of unknown reasons. Or course Armadillos for disease reason stated above. But also all nuisance wildlife

    2. Wildlife become habituated to Urban areas and relocating them doesn't keep them from seeking other urban areas. In other words relocating your problem becomes someone Else's problem.

    PS this is the one place or time you want to Lie to the customer. THE LAST THING YOU TELL THE CUSTOMER IS YOU ARE GOING TO KILL THAT CUTE LITTLE ANIMAL. tell them any thing else but don't tell them that PITA animal is going to die.

    I use live traps or Havaheart type traps. I use CO2 to euthanize. I place the trap in a large Plastic trash bag and inject CO2. This is humane and painless. BTW The Law demands humane euthanizing. Drowning is not exceptable no matter how easy it is. Shooting or discharging a gun is also not legal in certain areas. Freezing is acceptable and at one time I had a Freezer for just reason but that was when I did a lot of trapping

    Wildlife Removal goes hand in hand with a Total Pest Control service. But it is a skills and takes some training to do correctly. LS doesn't have a forum on wildlife trapping, but there are Forums for exchange of trapping tricks which I go to almost daily. There is a lot more to trapping than meets eye.

  5. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    So you can not drown the little critters because the law says that is inhuman but freezing them is acceptable? Not sure but I do not think freezing is a way I would prefer to go if I had to.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2012
  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    CO2 and a plastic trash bag works and is what I normally use for Warm blooded animals.

    Freezing is what I use many years ago when I had a county contract to Trap Iguanas. They are cold blooded reptiles and don't feel the cold.

  7. soddog#1

    soddog#1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I built a wood box with seals around the top that fit the whole trap in. Connect co2 hose and in no time done. And if you want to throw them in regular trash you must freeze them till morning of garbage pick-up. BTW nqmed the box the Armadillo Auschwitz think its appropriate, and I find my customers really could care less what I do with them. Cause they usually call after they plant annuals and armadillo tears them all up.

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  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    By all rights you are suppose to use a Bio Hazardous waste disposal. But the Freezer to the morning of pick up works great unless you are a fisherman.

    Like the old Cajun Fisherman once told me. You hang them Dillos or Road Kill in them tree over that there water. A week later you goes to the up wind side and start hualing in them fish with every cast. He also uses a Twice Barrel Shoot Gun for getting them there armadillios.

  9. PremierPest

    PremierPest LawnSite Member
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  10. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am not sure where you are getting your INCORRECT information from. But PLEASE DON"T POST FALSE FACTS. There are already to many ***** in the industry

    Fact is most Trapper are not PCO and the only animal that requires a General Household Pest license are Bats. Bat can only be relocated because they eat enough Mosquitoes to be considered beneficial.

    To poison rodent does require a GHP License. However Trapping Nuisance Wildlife including rodents doesn't require a License. Wildlife trapping is regulated by the FWC, check out their website for the real truth if you don't believe me.


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