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What are the laws for baiting armadillos?

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The laws for baiting, trapping and disposing of armadillos differ from state to state, according to Jarrod's Wildlife Control Products. Many experts find it is useless to bait armadillo traps, because armadillos obtain their food, such as worms and grub, by digging for it. Individuals that use bait should place earthworms, mealworms or overripe fruits in a small nylon sack and suspend it in a cage-type trap, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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What are the laws for baiting armadillos?
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State fish and game departments provide information about the laws that apply to baiting, capturing and releasing armadillos, notes Jarrod's Wildlife Control Products. Some states mandate that individuals who capture armadillos euthanize them. The Wildlife Code of Missouri permits people to trap or shoot armadillos in any season to prevent them from damaging property, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. Foothold traps are ineffective for armadillos, and Missouri does not permit body-grip traps for dry land sets. The state allows individuals to shoot armadillos using BB-sized shot in a shotgun or a rimfire.

Rather than focusing on bait, creating the right transition to maneuver an armadillo into a trap is the key to capturing it, according to Jarrod's Wildlife Control Products. Placing boards to create a funnel to the trap entrance and then placing some of the natural ground surface, such as grass or mulch, on floor of the steel trap improves the chances of the armadillo entering and triggering the trap.

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