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Our poor [San Augustine] lawn has been assaulted on all dimensions! Grub worm destruction despite using beneficial nematodes, drought, (but we have a well), but the latest and greatest is armadillos. !!!! Does that chemical "fence" really work? If not, what do we do?  Thanks

Read to see my opinion about the role of repellents in wildlife damage management. It will explain even when repellents are effective, they rarely work the way homeowners want them too.

As for repellents and armadillos, I am not aware of any repellent that has been shown to be effective on armadillos. But I welcome companies to send me the peer-reviewed research (few even have this data, they often rely on fickle anecdotal responses). My advice, buyer beware.

If you want certainty, install a fence or perform lethal control in accordance to your state and local laws.
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Stephen Vantassel


I was a professional animal damage controller. If you are having problems with squirrels, raccoons, beavers, moles, voles, etc. damaging your property, I can help give you information to resolve that damage. I was an assistant editor for Wildlife Control Technology magazine and have published numerous articles as well as two books in this field.


former Assistant Editor of Wildlife Control Technology magazine, the nation's only exclusive professional magazine for animal damage controllers. I have published two books, the Wildlife Removal Handbook and the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook.

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