Armadillos

armadilloThese iconic Texas critters do nice things for us, so if they root up your yard a bit maybe it is a good trade. They dig up and eat grubs and other insects. They give birth in spring, always producing identical quadruplets. They are very near-sighted; if you startle one, armadillos leap straight up into the air.   They can carry leprosy (rarely). They are not territorial and are prone to wander. They are sensitive to smell, so to send them on their way, put out rags soaked in vinegar, ammonia, or pine cleaner. Another option is treating your yard with nematodes; these non-segmented worms, attack the grubs and insects that armadillos eat.