Dating a trap
Second, you can see that I've set a temporary fence with construction fencing and wooden poles, leading right into the door of the trap.
This system effectively "funnels" the armadillo into the trap.
The key to trapping armadillos is in understanding their behavior. There are many fine manufacturers of traps this size. I've heard people say that armadillos are so tough that they damage this trap, but that's hogwash. I've heard many superstitious people tell me all kinds of stupid baits, from rotten cabbage to bananas to pantyhose filled with earthworms, but I guarantee that none of these work. The only thing, I think, that MAY help at all, as an armadillo lure, and it's a big IF, is actually the scent of another armadillo, so a used trap that's already caught armadillos may be a slight advantage. But they visit these small burrows all the time, and dig them a little deeper here and there, and an escape burrow is never too far from reach.
I sometimes line the bottom of the trap with some debris, like plant material. I set the pan tension pretty high, to prevent misfires from outside bumping - the animal is definitely heavy enough to trigger the trap once inside.- Put the dillo in the cage in the trunk of your car or bed of your truck, and put down a rag or tarp to block the dirt, and drive the animal at least five miles away to an approved relocation point, if it's legal to do so in your state. In the above photograph, I've done two things to increase the odds of catching the armadillo.I've set the trap along the wall of the home, because armadillos do tend to wander along, and just follow the wall of a house, often bumping into it, as they walk.There really is a reason professional wildlife operators exist. But you're welcome to give it a try yourself first, if it's legal to do so in your state.
Not legal in Texas or Florida as far as I know now.Thanks, Mike My Response: The food source keeps regenerating.