As if the heat wasn’t bad enough on your lawn, you may be one of the unlucky ones battling a four-legged lawn-killing machine—the nine-banded armadillo! My husband and I are doing just about everything that we can to keep our front lawn lush and green. We water, we fertilize, we don’t cut the lawn as often as we have in the past. And although we have a few brown patches here and there, our front lawn looks pretty darn good compared to many others around the Waco area. Or should I say…it LOOKED pretty good until we got up this morning.
We live near Cameron Park and often have nighttime visitors. It’s not uncommon to see a raccoon or an opossum. We’ve given up on trying to keep the squirrels out of the dog’s food. But the latest visitor has overstepped its boundaries!
My daughter let the dog out this morning like she always does but came running back into the house to report that our yard had been attacked by armadillos. I was expecting a few spots to be dug up. Armadillos like to root around with their snouts—or so I’ve been told. I think that we must have had an over-zealous armadillo, because our yard is TORN UP! My beautiful, green St. Augustine that we just watered the night before is now uprooted and well on its way to turning into a crispy mess. Ugh!
Now my dilemma is trying to figure out how to get rid of this armored pest. Since I live within the city limits, I can’t exactly do what my dad does out in China Spring—strap a mini flashlight to his baseball cap like Elmer Fudd and quietly wait in the shadows with a .22 rifle. So what are my options? A live trap? No thank you. Poison? Negative. I’m open to ideas, but I don’t want to look like the lady from the DreamWorks’ movie Over the Hedge. I just want this critter gone!
So come on Waco homeowners…help a fellow Wacoan out. I’d love to hear some solid advice!