I recently asked my family and friends what problems they were facing in their outdoor space, and I got some interesting responses. I’ll be trying to address all of them in the coming weeks. Please feel free to share your own! Here’s the first one:

How do I get rid of pesky armadillos that are tearing up my otherwise beautiful yard, filling it with a landscape of holes! (This one personally hits home but I know we’re not the only ones who deal with it!)

Many homeowners have dealt with the frustrations of waking up to holes in their yard thanks to some unwelcome guests. However, they lack the knowledge about options for removing the critters from their backyards. Here are three suggestions and resources to aid in determining the best course of action.

1. Prevent: One way to prevent further annoyance from armadillos and other burrowing animals is to install a fence. How Stuff Works recommends the fence reach a minimum depth of 18 inches into the ground to thoroughly dissuade any digging.

2. Deter: According to Armadillo Online, “armadillos have sensitive noses.” Therefore, there are a number of options to discourage armadillos from having a desire to be  anywhere near your lawn. The authors of the site state that “if it smells bad to you, it ought to smell absolutely awful to an armadillo.” A couple of specific approaches include using mothballs or pine needles around the flower beds or areas the armadillos are most attracted. If the animal has already burrowed into your yard, you can place a rag with ammonia or vinegar directly in the hole to force the armadillo out. WikiHow gives alternatives of sprinkling cayenne pepper, or purchasing a container of predator urine.

3. Remove: Probably the most effective plan of attack is to trap, relocate, and release the pest. Jim Braithwait, Missouri Department of Conservation, gives a demonstration in this video on how to set a trap and the best place to relocate an armadillo. One point of caution he mentions is to never handle an armadillo without gloves as they are known carriers of certain diseases.

Have you faced any challenges with armadillos lately?