Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks or whistle-pigs, are some of the largest members of the squirrel family. Their winter hibernation habits have given rise to the holiday Groundhog Day, which supposedly predicts whether there will be an early spring or a lengthy winter each year. Woodchucks are adept climbers and swimmers. They can often be spotted in fields or along roadsides throughout the Eastern United States. Call our Dayton office or contact us using our online form.
Woodchuck (Groundhog) Removal
Since groundhog burrows have multiple entrances and exits, traps should only be set by trained professionals. Although woodchucks do not actively attack humans, they may scratch or bite when cornered or threatened, and residents should never attempt to handle the animals. Critter Control wildlife experts are trained to safely deal with nuisance groundhogs and fully equipped to handle trapping, removal, and control operations within the confines of the law.
Wire mesh fences can be used to effectively keep groundhogs away from gardens and lawns. Fences should be buried at least a foot underground and have outward-facing overhangs at the top to prevent the animals from burrowing underneath or climbing over. In some cases, it may become necessary to run electric wire around the fencing perimeter.
Common Groundhog Problems
- Groundhogs are active during spring, summer, and the beginning of fall. They usually stay near their burrows and typically have no reason to get into homes.
- Their eating behaviors lead them into yards and crop fields in search of grasses, vegetables, and other tasty plants.
- The rodents are responsible for significant losses of crops, such as soybeans, peas, carrots, lettuce, alfalfa, apples, and flowers.
- Groundhogs may dig burrows near houses, roads, and walls as they like to place the entrances to their dens at the base of solid objects.
- Burrowing activities wreak havoc on building foundations, roads, driveways, lawns, and embankments. Farm equipment and livestock can also become damaged or injured by obscured burrow holes.
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