Although people most often think of armadillos as only living in the Southwestern United States, they also can live in Missouri, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, among many other states in the USA. Armadillos are rather harmless creatures and are more likely to run than to attack when threatened.
These animals have very poor eyesight but a great sense of smell and very long claws that are great for digging up insects, grubs, and worms to eat. Since they are great diggers, armadillos can also cause extensive damage to yards and landscaping if left to burrow. Animal removal for armadillos is relatively simple and is usually accomplished with habitat modification and trapping.
Diseases Carried by Armadillos
If you find that you have an armadillo problem at home, your best best is to call a professional animal removal company right away. Not only can armadillos cause a great deal of property damage, but they also can carry several life-threatening diseases that can be transferred to humans. Some of these health hazards include:
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- Rabies. Like several other common nuisance animals, armadillos are carriers of the rabies virus. If you are scratched or bitten by an infected armadillo, you will need to see a doctor immediately.
- Leprosy. Armadillos also carry the bacteria known to cause leprosy. If you are scratched by an armadillo, you may be at risk for developing leprosy. The wildlife control experts at Animal Remover recommend seeing a doctor as soon as possible if this happens.
- Salmonella. Armadillos are also known to carry salmonella, which is transmitted through their feces.Symptoms of salmonella poisoning in humans include fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea and chills.
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Please note that you should always be cautious when dealing with an armadillo or any other nuisance animal on your property. Do not try to remove the animal yourself, trap it, or pet it. The best thing you can do is maintain a safe distance, keep your children and fur babies away from the animal, and call your local animal removal service.
Although Animal Remover does not typically provide animal removal services for armadillos, we may be able to help assist you with animal damage repairs and protecting your home from nuisance animals that may try to nest on your property in the future. Call our office today to learn more about our animal removal services or to set up an appointment.