En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?


Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
rate this answer
1 rating

Friday - September 29, 2006

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Turf
Title: Preventing armadillos from digging up lawn for grubs
Answered by: Nan Hampton


Over the past 4 months we have endured an armadillo digging up our lawn. We are now seeking a humane method to discourage the armadillo from digging up the grubs in our lawn. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.


Armadillos do love those grubs!

To keep your lawn from being destroyed you need to take a two-step approach. First, you need to trap the offenders and relocate them. You can see the different versions of live traps available for purchase by Googling "live traps". As well as being for sale on line, they should be available for purchase at pet stores, feed stores, or sporting goods stores and may even be available to rent from some of the locally-owned, non-chain, pet stores or sporting goods stores.

After you have relocated your armadillo(s), you will need to take measures to keep others from moving in. Fencing with a sturdy fence that extends into the ground is one possibility. Another possibility is a low (in voltage and height) electric fence. That wouldn't be a good choice, however, if you have children, pets, or inattentive adults walking in the area. Another possibility is using chemical repellents. There are several chemical repellents offered for armadillos that are touted to be effective.

Here are several internet articles about controlling armadillos that go into greater detail on the points above:
Armadillo Control
Controlling Armadillow Damage in Alabama
Armadillos: Control, Biology, Identification of Armadillos


More Turf Questions

Chigger Control in Habiturf from Plano, TX
April 08, 2015 - We converted our back yard in Plano, Texas to Habiturf last spring/summer and have a nice lawn; however, for the first time since we have lived in this house for 32 years, the lawn was full of chigger...
view the full question and answer

Native xeric grasses for Colorado
June 24, 2010 - Tired of mowing - replacing western exposure full sun lawn with native xeric grass. Please explain the pros and cons of Bouteloua Gracilis (Blue Grama) and Bouteloua Dactyloides Bella (Bella Blue Gra...
view the full question and answer

Cause of yellowing buffalo grass (Bouteloua dactyloides)
June 07, 2008 - We are getting large yellow areas in our buffalo grass lawn and think this is probably due to grub worms. Are grub worms the likely culprit and if so, what is the best way to get rid of them? We don...
view the full question and answer

Eliminating stinging nettles in lawn in Austin
May 13, 2009 - How do I get rid of stinging nettle that is dispersed through my lawn. It's not like the nettle pictures I see online - they are short plants and have narrow leaves - but covered with spines. Mowin...
view the full question and answer

Native grasses for central Georgia
August 06, 2011 - We've just bought a 1990 circa house in Dallas, Georgia. It sits on a .62 acre lot. One half of the lot is woods, the rest is lawn. The lawn is covered mostly with weeds and wild strawberries. ...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center