Mississippi State University Review
In 2009, MS State University conducted a comparison of armadillo trap types in different scenarios and locations. This study was conducted in Chickasaw County Mississippi.
The effectiveness of each trap type was tested using a paired design, with the armadillo trap considered the treatment and the standard cage trap as the control. The study area was searched for armadillo sign, soil disturbance, tracks and visual sightings. Once sign was found, each trap type was deployed and separated by less than 20 meters. The trapping sites were placed greater than 225 meters apart in order to reduce redundancy and increase the independence of trap sites. At each site, two potential trap locations were identified and the traps were assigned to the locations at random to remove any human bias in selecting the more suitable armadillo capture location. The traps were set during three periods that extended from April 3rd to June 7th, May 23rd to July 28th, and October 3rd to November 30th, 2009. Traps were checked daily and the captured animals were dispatched/released accordingly.
23 Armadillos were captured using the wooden Armadillo Trap and 3 were captured using a standard cage trap. The incidence of unwanted species captured was also greatly reduced using the wooden trap. The wire traps caught four times as many unwanted species as the wooden trap.
The wooden armadillo trap captured about eight times as many armadillos as the wire traps.