Have pest problems with badgers? Learn all about this small animal, including the different species of these burrowing pests you may find near your home or business and your options to capture, trap, and remove badgers from your property.

  • American badgers are very solitary creatures and prefer to be alone in most cases

  • They can live to be 9-10 years old in the wild and to around 15 years in captivity

  • Badgers have very good olfaction (sense of smell) and hearing, but poor eyesight

  • American badgers have been documented working alongside other animals, such as coyotes, hunting for food

  • Badgers will stand their ground against other animals when threatened

  • Male badgers are called boars, female badgers are called sows, and their young are called cubs or kits

  • They do not hibernate but become less active during winter

While there are many different species of badgers worldwide, from the notably tough honey badger to the tiny ferret-badgers, only one species is found in North America. That is the justly named American badger.

With a range extending from Mexico to Canada, the American Badger is a hearty animal that is known for its small, low stature and big claws for digging burrows. This species typically inhabits grasslands and prairie regions but will move to wherever prey is available.

American badgers

What You Need To Know About The American Badger

  • What do American badgers look like?

    • They have a short, stocky body that's low to the ground

    • Short legs

    • Large foreclaws (up to 5 cm)

    • Gray fur on their body

    • Black, white, and gray facial and head markings

    • Tiny ears

  • What do American badgers eat?

    • They're mainly carnivores

    • They prey on ground squirrels, pocket gophers, moles, marmots, prairie dogs, woodrats, voles, snakes, and other underground animals

    • In some situations, they'll eat plant food such as corn, beans, mushrooms, and sunflower seeds

  • Where do American badgers live?

    • The badger prefers open areas, living in the prairies and plains where ground squirrels, prairie dogs, and other burrowing animals, which are their food source, are abundant

What You Need To Know About The American Badger Infestations

  • What are the signs of an American badger infestation?

    • The most prominent sign of the presence of a badger is evidence of digging

    • Burrows about one foot in diameter

    • Where badgers are abundant, their burrows are numerous

    • Sightings of them during dawn or dusk (they’re mainly nocturnal)

  • Why do American badgers invade my property?

    • Prey food is abundant in the vicinity 

    • The soil conditions (soft loam soils) are favorable for making a good den

  • How do I get rid of American badgers?

Tips To Prevent American Badger

  • Install fencing around the perimeter of your yard

    • Sink fencing around 24 inches below the ground

  • Place live traps for prey animals of the badger such as rodents, ground squirrels, etc. 

  • Light up your yard, as badgers prefer to hunt in the dark

To take care of your badger problems, Kness has the right control solutions for you to utilize. 

Set cage traps, like Kness’ Kage-All® Small Animal Trap, to either side of the den. Conceal traps with loose dirt and avoid leaving odors while setting. Stake the trap so that the trapped badger cannot tip the trap over and release itself.

When a badger has been digging numerous holes, and the actual den is unknown, use a baited trap. Put a piece of tainted meat or freshly killed ground squirrel in a concealed trap at the side of the hole. Place a drop or two of the badger gland lure next to the opening to ensure that the badger will investigate the trap.

Suggested Bait: Meat that has become tainted but not spoiled, freshly killed ground squirrels, rabbits, and other small rodents.

Suggested Lure: Fish oil or natural gland lures.

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