Safely dealing with armadillos

As the temperature continues to climb higher, so does something else -- the number of armadillo sightings. While mainly harmless, armadillos can spread disease to you and your pets.

If you have armadillos in your yard, that's a sign of another problem.

"Either you have bugs, grubs, or some type of insect. That's the reason why he's there, he's foraging for food," said Marcus Garner, an urban regional extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

While armadillos can help control bugs, they can create other issues like holes in your yard.

"The hole is about eight inches wide, about seven feet deep and about 20 feet long," said Garner

Though rare, one of the biggest dangers armadillos present is a bacteria they spread that can cause leprosy.

"They can pass the disease through their saliva and through their blood type. Even when we hit an armadillo on the road with our cars, we need to probably go ahead and wash our cars off," Garner explained.

Garner said if your pet licks an armadillo carcass, it could get the disease.

There are multiple steps you can take to get rid of armadillos. You can remove their food source, use animal repellants to deter them or you can trap them. Garner advises that you use gloves while handling cages. You can also call a pest removal company to handle it professionally.

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