Armadillos are mammals with a unique bony shell. They are nocturnal animals with a flair for digging and their sharp claws help them with this task. They dig soil for two purposes - for making dens... More > and searching for food (mainly insects and small invertebrates). This can be a nuisance to human beings, as the armadillos destroy their lawns, vegetable gardens and in some cases even foundations of buildings, while digging. Hence, it is very important to keep them away from your house.
Even though, there are about twenty species of armadillos found across the globe, only one specimen exists in United States - the nine-banded armadillo. They can dig to the depth of fifteen inches and their burrows are usually seven to ten inches wide. Such burrows, if made underneath a house, can result in cracks in the walls or can damage the foundation itself. These holes can attract other animals too.
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