If they can smell that a human has handled the trap, they will not go near it. I nailed it to the shed using U shaped nails you can get in the electric department of Home Depot. Can not fence because I live in Mobil home park and no fencing allowed.No exceptions. A friend of mine had these critters digging holes around the foundation of the home and they had to get animal control to help chase them out. They have a reputation for eating vegetables and other crops which make them a nuisance in the garden. If that does not work, then its pellet gun time. The only sure method is to trap them and either kill whichever you trap to eat or transfer miles away in some forested area. So, what do groundhogs eat and drink? It took about 3 hours to skin and cut into quarters for the freezer - hopefully I wont have to get faster. Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 30, 2012: brmom68, Thank for reading and I hope one of these tricks works for you. 5. I always poured mothballs dowb the hole. I dont want to ruin our relationship. Saddens me to see this stuff. This way, when the woodchuck digs, he will hit the mesh and turn around. of vegetation a day. This method worked well for my mother too. At the fist one, they all disappeared when we got a Great Dane. Sometimes, instead of hiding, groundhogs will go on the offensive. After losing up to half their weight while hibernating, groundhogs usually emerge from their winter burrows in February—hence the date of this holiday. Groundhogs fear predators, including coyotes, foxes, and dogs, and smelling their urine is a warning to stay away. We auccesdully removed one woodchuck and no others seem ro be present. Make sure you find all of the holes because there are almost always several of them. Search for other holes that he may be using. Thanks Shake-Away! That is what they were bred for, and are very sweet loving dogs - only roughly 20 pounds and don't eat much. I get calls all the time to get rid of these critters. I heard you can also use this to Get an apple and core out the center, take a piece of gum (juicy fruit) take off the wrapper stick it in the middle of the apple. Some people will allow them to live in their garden and they will allow them to eat what they want. This is not the first time I've had a groundhog. After about two months, I gave up on ammonia. I guess they can't hurt anything though. Great advice on this hub, too late for my friend but I am sure others will find this helpful. I hope I never had to deal with a groundhog lol. Thanks for sharing. Great tips! Because of their relatively large adult size and burrowing—not to mention climbing and swimming abilities—groundhogs don’t have many predators aside from coyotes, foxes, domestic dogs, and, of course, humans. The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Groundhogs construct burrows and eat a broad range of vegetation. For those who think that its cruel to want to get rid of groundhogs, foundation repairs can run upwards of 50k. You people have no souls at all, what a disappointment to humanity and our natural world. I also tried filling in the openings of the holes after each pour to trap the fumes. My preferred method for getting rid of groundhogs is to pour ammonia down their tunnel; they will immediately stop using it. Get a dog or cat (or sprinkle their urine and fur around the yard). have tried it all, except for shooting them, illegal in the city, but nothing seems to get rid of them. I'll have to check yours out. I had groundhogs under my shed that were driving me crazy. Groundhogs hibernate from September to early October. Young groundhogs are called kits, pups, or sometimes chucklings. Woodchucks will not touch a single thing that smells pungent or spicy. Vegetation like carrots, celery, corn, peas, and beans 4. Their holes also have an entrance and an exit, since they are tunnels, not just holes. And usually if you kill one, the rest leave. Where do groundhogs live? Here is what I did to get rid of a groundhog under my shed. I will have to try one of these tricks next time he shows himself (or a new mound of dirt pops up). It saddens me to read some of the suggestions for getting rid of woodchucks. It's illegal to transport/release pests in New York. Thanks for reading. Then throw some twigs, leaves, grass, and/or branches on top of, around, and inside the trap. No need to kill them. Camouflage the trap by spraying it with water and rolling it in dirt. If the state allows it, this might be a great way to get even with an enemy. Again, be sure to block all of the holes. If the babies are small, they could starve to death without the mother. They are most often seen sitting on their haunches grazing on grasses, leaves, flowers, clover, alfalfa, wheat, and rye. Nothing ruins a morning stroll through the garden faster than the sight of crops damaged by “nuisance” animals. Can I just spray the dirt with it? It wanted absolutely nothing to do with that smell and I never saw it again. They ate part of the side of the shed. Groundhogs love all fruits, but they go crazy for cantaloupe, and it is the best bait to use for a successful catch. At the second, we just let them be since they didn't bother the grass or garden. Groundhogs are important intermediaries in the food chain. With few places to hide or take cover, the groundhog will not feel safe enough to make tunnels. I am conjecturing here, I did not try it, but based on my experience with the little balls of this stuff, I suspect that the towel approach would work. Groundhog is a kind of rodent. Answer: It will depend on how developed the babies are. Build a fence at least 2 feet into the ground and 3 feet tall. Question: What if I only trap the adult groundhogs and leave the baby groundhogs? Trim back overgrown foliage, and remove piles of dirt or leaves. I have a Cairn Terrier and he instinctively will go into the hole, bring it out, and break its neck. Some people also run a hose from their car's exhaust and release the fumes into the groundhog's hole. Take some clippings of your hair and secure inside a mesh bag. (6 kilograms), which is about twice the average weight of a newborn human baby. Please make a post if you try this technique and it works so others can benefit from this. Also throw a bunch of hair clippings into their burrows. Groundhogs can usually be seen standing on their hind legs in an alert position, guarding themselves and other groundhogs. These types of traps trigger the door to close behind the animal when it enters. Answer: Groundhogs can have tunnels two miles long. If you still don’t see one, listen for a whistle. Great hub, sharing! This creates fumes that the woodchuck or groundhog cannot bear. It either removed the ammonia soaked cloths or dug a new hole. Thanks for commenting. Groundhogs are important intermediaries in the food chain. Groundhogs are not usually aggressive animals but will bite when they feel threatened, so please wear thick gloves when catching and releasing. The groundhogs tell us, if there are shadows, there is fear! We're in Michigan too, so it must be a real problem here. If you are looking for groundhogs, check trees and ponds too. ANSWER: Although groundhogs are slow runners, they scurry quickly to their dens when they sense danger. Use agricultural lime to burn their feet. It's also illegal to use poisons for animals other than those listed on the labels. Like these relatives, groundhogs are powerful diggers that make large, complex underground burrows. Why is americas answer to everything guns. Once the job is done, it won’t matter how many woodchucks are in the neighborhood because they won’t be getting into your garden! your information was interesting, but you are a meam person. For added protection, scatter the crushed garlic and pepper around your garden to prevent them from entering. I haven't seen a single groundhog after using this technique. You can also create a cantaloupe trail leading into the trap. Good information I'm sure many people need. I shot 10 groundhogs and they all ways come back with more baby’s each year it’s so annoying but that’s meat in the freezer. Time will tell, and I will keep using straight ammonia until that stops working, then call a Pest Control. Place lawn windmills, spinning pinwheels, or a vibrating sonic device near the entrance of their burrow or on top of their burrow to scare the groundhogs away. The trap was empty in the afternoon, but the groundhog … I started to notice my cherry tomatoes were ripped off the vines, and half eaten. That usualy scares em off but if I ever see one in my yard, a ruger 10/22 with high velocity rounds usually does the trick. These animals don't like vibrations and will move if their home is constantly shaking. If you don’t have a dog, some people claim putting used kitty litter just inside a groundhog’s hole will ward off this pest. Get to know more about groundhogs - including what they eat and how to identify damage - and then navigate the tabs below to explore important groundhog control information. They didn’t fear traps. Groundhogs will mistake the ammonia for a predator’s urine, and will steer clear of your property. I think I will try the ammonia - but my fear is the odor will linger into my cellar and stink up my house!! Thanks, lots of good remedies to choose from! I have a dog & a groundhog lives under my she'd, so the dog smell all around my yard doesn't deter it away. It could not get through the fencing but I still did not like it around. Groundhogs weigh between 4-14 pounds,and are stocky, giving the appearance of crouching close to the ground as it moves around. Learn how to get rid of groundhogs forever. First I got some 4 foot fencing and put it around my shed. Today I caught her and cut her up. Groundhog families disperse in the fall, and the young reach sexual maturity by two years. Their main food sources are vegetation, grass, nuts, and small insects, like grubs. The best method is to braise the groundhog like you would a rabbit. You can prevent them from coming back by pouring urine and sprinkling hair around the perimeters of your yard as well. Groundhogs are especially attracted to sweet fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, peaches, or corn. To deter them from ever returning to your garden, crush some garlic and pepper and throw it into their burrows. I tried the ammonia dosing. Spray the fencing and the perimeters of your property with pepper spray. 3 of the 4 cats are spayed/neutered, but one of the males isn't and he sprays everywhere, and often. Groundhogs do sleep at night; however they are up bright and early to get a fresh start at eating everything, even the outdoor pets food. Groundhogs offer several benefits to humans and the ecosystem. I lost my fall green beans, carrots, and daikon to this groundhog as she fattened up before her winter hibernation. They like to raid people's gardens and eat farmer's cucumbers and melons. We released it 5 miles away, But I think the larger issue is that our neighbor whom we share; moved their shed right next to the fence. I used straight ammonia, 3 bottles, up between where the decking meets the house. We have trapped 12 groundhogs that were going under in ground pool. Groundhog liver is really mild and pan fries very well with sesame oil and garlic salt. The saying, "How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood," is just a saying and nothing more. That worked, however, the critter kept coming back trying to get into the original hole. “If you happen to have conflicts with them in your yard, there are many resources to help, including these strategies from MassWildlife.”. When it dried to a clay like consistency, I rolled the clay like residue into golf ball size balls that also smelled to high heaven. Place the bait all the way inside the trap so that the groundhog has to enter the trap fully. So far the ammonia is working for me. 4. I feel bad for the little guy. They also destroy gardens, fight with pets, and may even spread disease. Submitted by JB on June 18, 2016 - 6:54pm. … A woman told me about bubble gum, said she used it all the time and it worked. Use fencing and chicken wire as prevention. I drop the dead varmints at the wild edge of my property (three sides lake with the other side driveway and meadow) and I have counted as many as 30 turkey vultures lining up for the free lunch. I agree with Trudy, they are relentless. Humans are also threatening to the woodchuck, so spoiling their natural habit with the scent humans will scare them away for good. We tried human hair, mothballs, peppery water. This page should be taken down. If they're a rodent, won't rat poison work? What type of sick freak of nature would want to do ANYTHING AT ALL that may cause physical harm to any animal of any kind? Occasionally, they will climb trees and eat an apple or nut. Barbara Badder (author) from USA on April 02, 2018: I saw a little one behind our fence yesterday and yes it did look cute. If you saw how large their holes are, you would not think so though. Won't regular work just as well since they don't like the smell? Perhaps one of the most humane ways to get rid of groundhogs is to trap them and then release them somewhere far away. You may have a hard time disposing of the carcass, and a dead groundhog may attract other unwanted animals to your garden. It may be too late, but I’ll be trying ammonia. If you do decide to use an ultrasonic groundhog device, make sure you use several other exclusion and prevention methods or you’ll just be throwing away your money. A grounghog began digging next to my foundation. Do this day after day until they flee. Ammonia didn't deter my groundhog. You can also make a garlic and pepper spray to spray your vegetables. Then light the gas cartridge, throw it into the open entrance, and quickly fill it up with dirt to trap the groundhog and the carbon monoxide inside. It will mercilessly eat the plants in your garden until there's nothing left and will make holes all over your yard. UGH trapped 4 last year and took them miles away - I don't have time for this again - want my gardens in and intact! Groundhogs are primarily herbivores and rely on typical garden crops; however, they will sometimes feed on some insects and worms: 1. My whole entire neighborhood is infested with groundhogs. Groundhogs hibernate in winter, during which time they do not stir from their burrows. The next year, though, we had 2 woodchucks and so far the bubble gum trick hasn't stopped them. Damn, just get rid of these little creatures in a humane way. Stay away from lethal traps, which snap shut around the body and kills the groundhog. Note: In some states, trapping is illegal, so be sure to check your state's laws if you plan to use this method. The groundhog shown in the movie Groundhog Day looks like a cute little creature, but, in reality, there's nothing cute about these animals. I have tried spraying pepper spray but they have plenty of space to get in and out. Groundhogs dig tunnels to live in. Barbara has tried many ways to get rid of the groundhogs in her yard and now she's sharing the best methods of removal and prevention. Woodchucks don't eat wood at all. We have just been putting the ammonia in the holes and then covering them with dirt. The best groundhog control is removal and prevention. If you can locate their burrows pour dog urine or cat litter in and around their entrances. How about that instead of burning their feet or pouring ammonia down their hole? They also love lettuce, cucumber, and green beans. To them, everyone is a predator, which is yet another reason to oust them from your property. Try blue fly bait, available at most farm supply stores....lock up your cats dogs and any other domestic pets or farm animals...DEADLY WITHIN MINUTES!!! Hopefully he/she will get the message and STAY away!! But nothing seems to stop them from showing up and messing up my garden and digging under my wooden shed. We have shrews in the yard now. Here’s what you should know about the groundhogs near you, including how to get them to go away. This year we are going to try to trap and relocate them. Thanks for reading and commenting. UPDATE: Resources and information on COVID-19 testing and more. The only problems were that they got so big, fat and complacent that I had to be careful not to run them over with my big commercial lawnmower; and potential interactions with the grandkids. A .22 mag works wonders on dem there burrowing groundhads. An adult consumes between 1-1/2 lbs. Learn what you should do if you find a nest of baby groundhogs and asome humane ways to kill a groundhog in a cage. Question: Will moth balls keep groundhogs away? I found it for around eight or nine dollars last year at Walmart. About Groundhogs. master’s program in conservation medicine, Helping Endangered Koalas—and Potentially Human Health, Too, Pioneer in Water Diplomacy Shafiqul Islam Elected as AGU Fellow, Fostering Belonging Among Graduate Students, Four Things Experts Have Learned From the Pandemic. Diane Ziomek from Alberta, Canada on June 29, 2012: We have a pocket gopher who likes to make an appearance in our lawn every now and again. She had groundhogs digging under the foundation of her barn, and the ammonia worked like a charm. A few feet … I'm hoping the ammonia is working and they find a new place to call home. Once you're sure the groundhog is inside, fill all of the entrances except one. Mostly we can see them in the garden. Based on my experience, here is my opinion of a technique, which I did not try but which I think would work. Groundhogs (like prairie dogs) are primarily herbivores and prefer to eat berries, grass, red clover, ruffage, and bark. I have 8 holes/tunnels under my 36x60’ pole building that had been a horse barn. Try the ammonia near the barn first. They dig their burrows close to farms, gardens and orchards, so as to make sure that the food is available in plenty at any give… I had no idea they could do this. Shortly after spraying coyote urine (and I can hear coyotes at night so I know they're around), a rabbit AND the groundhog went through a proximate fence hole. What do they eat? Shooting is not an option but we have set traps only to get skunks (great). but we can reduce the fear and the risk of the Behavior Gap by focusing on value and indices. But it seems like you kill one and two or three more show up. Drive to an area at least 5 miles away (10 miles is even better). I startd peeing into his barrow. I had groundhog liver, kidney and heart for dinner. Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 27, 2012: teaches, Thanks for reading. Windchimes are also great disturbances. The groundhog will move someplace else if it feels like it can't live in peace. If you still want to do it yourself, you need to keep a few things in mind. To do that, you’ll have to understand what your groundhog wants in the first place. The name whistle-pig, which is most common in Appalachia, stems from groundhogs’ habit of making a high-pitched whistling sound, usually as a warning to other groundhogs when they feel threatened. Nothing else will protect you from woodchucks. Place the rags close enough to your garden that the groundhog can smell them, but not so close that the ammonia will leach into the soil around your crops. Last year I used nearly a whole bag of lime around the two holes and thought he was gone so I filled them. Groundhogs whistle out of fear. Raccoon Facts A pet groundhog can have unmistakable eating designs that fluctuate contingent upon the season. Since I'm not into guns, I don't use this method. These animals usually weight from four to nine pounds, but in ideal conditions, they can weigh as much as 31 pounds. Building a fence to deter groundhogs might not work, since I have seen one climb my 6 ft. chain link fence in my yard. I've heard they taste great. The thing about my place is that they are living under my shed deck that is not enclosed. A woodchuck burrow will often have one main entrance and one emergency escape entrance or spy-hole. A separate hole is usually dug just for this purpose. From head to rump, groundhogs are 17.75 to 24 inches (45 to 61 centimeters) long, according to National Geographic. Their bodies are compact and chunky, and covered in brownish gray fur with a short tail. Only when I used the Shake-Away did it get their attention and they left the area. (However, baby groundhogs sometimes do fall prey to raptors such as hawks, owls, and eagles.). Along with humans, groundhogs will typically run from other predatory animals. They will also occasionally eat smaller animals. 13 pounds before I skinned her and cut off all the hibernation fat. Looking forward to groundhog hide moccasins. Voted up, useful and shared. While wearing plastic gloves, goggles, and a respirator I mixed it. You can also spread lime around plants you'd like to prevent from being eaten. If not, you should not be afraid to use it near the house. None of this deterred the groundhogs at all. My neighbor told me that 30 years ago and I have lived to prove that fact. This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. So, my husband and I laced a woodchuck hole with chunks of bubble gum and the woodchuck finally left. I feed stray cats in my backyard and still have a groundhog problem. Ignorant. Also, place a brick or two on top of the cage to keep it from rattling and scaring the groundhog away. Groundhog. Groundhogs have more than one hole. I chased off a groundhog today, that has been vacationing under my deck. They can be aggressive animals when they feel threatened, and they have sharp claws. Groundhogs also h… Short of that, you'd need to pull up boards in the floor to get the pest. And I used a LOT of ammonia. anyone ever try hot peppers chili peppers i heard cover with dirt. They are actually large squirrels. Now I only do maintenance with shaking it out, and I can count on no return of my ground digging friends! This year I don't have any problems with groundhogs. Although animal repellent may work for discouraging groundhogs from eating your vegetables, it is not strong enough to get rid of groundhogs. Photo: Chris Whittier, Need something good to read? could you read my writings? There can be no doubt that burrowing animals can cause a great deal of damage, both physical and economic, to crops and infrastructure. If you don't, they can ruin the meat. They are everywhere. CrazedNovelist, Thanks for reading and I hope you don't have to deal with them either. I also tried stuffing shop rags down into the burrows before pouring in the ammonia, hoping that the rags would absorb and trap the ammonia and its fumes. Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 26, 2012: Tim, I think you are right. Fencing does not work, they dig under. In that video, it looks like not just one family but a whole family reunion has moved in! The primary predators of groundhogs are hawks, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, dogs and humans. They are usually sold at garden centers or can be found on Amazon. Tufts Now, 80 George St., Medford, Massachusetts 02155, Chris Whittier, V97, research assistant professor of conservation medicine at Cummings School, shares the dirt on these important enormous, whistling, burrowing squirrels, An adult female woodchuck basking in the sun in a yard in Grafton, Massachusetts. I’m sorry, but I’ve tried ammonia, ammonia-soap mix, hot pepper/garlic mash, hot pepper/garlic spray, hot pepper flakes, dirty cat litter, and human hair. A groundhog (Marmota monax)—otherwise known as a woodchuck, land beaver, or whistle pig—is a rodent. To keep them from entering your yard once you scare them away or get rid of them, build fencing at least 2 feet deep into the ground to prevent digging and least 3 feet tall to prevent them from jumping over the fencing! Stay away from groundhogs. Ammonia did not work at all. I just noticed a groundhog this morning and I am going try ammonia first, if that doesn't work then it will be smoke bombs, finally my velocity pellet gun as a last resort. There's also the risk that a domestic pet, such as a cat, may enter the trap and get killed. Groundhogs, or woodchucks, are large rodents known for their burrowing habits and destructive behavior. 2. Throughout the spring and fall, groundhogs eat during the mid-evening. Groundhogs will steer clear of anything treated with talcum powder because they hate the smell, so it is effective with preventing groundhogs from eating your garden, but it may not be strong enough to deter them from burrowing and creating tunnels in your yard. The easiest way to avoid the heartache caused by the sight of a groundhog-devoured garden is to grow plants that groundhogs don't eat. They are good climbers and excel at digging, so the fence you purchase should be 5-feet tall -- … I honestly don't mind them because they don't seem to do any harm to anything in my yard, but it is disturbing seeing them get shaken around like that. They will smell the fruit from the gum and eat the apple when they bite the gum they will it and wont be able to swallow it and they will die someplace. Always wear gloves and goggles when handling ammonia because it can burn your skin and highly irritate your eyes. Most states require you to trap and kill the groundhog. Make sure the groundhog is inside the hole before fumigating. In my years of living in my current house (since '92) I dont think ive ever had a year without seeing some ground hogs. Greens like lettuce, alfalfa, clovers, dandelions, daisies, red mulberry and hackberry leaves 2. I just let them see how their fence slats are being ruined and they could see the damage to there shed. Unlike opossums and other large rodents who are nocturnal, groundhogs sleep at night and conduct business during the day. The groundhog was gone by the time animal control officers arrived at the scene, Baker said, so they set a trap. Between him spraying the all of them peeing and pooing wherever they well please, I STILL have a groundhog problem. I wonder if this will also work for moles... Good article.. Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 16, 2012: A Little Truth, My Mom has trouble with them tunneling under her pole barn, so she isn't happy at all. Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks or “whistle-pigs.” The familiar name woodchuck actually has nothing to do with wood, and stems from the Native American names for them: wuchak, wejack, and possibly otchek, which is a name for fishers. Q:How do I keep a woodchuck out of my garden? Install a wire-mesh fence around your garden or what the groundhog is eating. Groundhogs have just as much of a right to your lawn as you creatures do. Barbara Badder (author) from USA on July 02, 2012: EuroNinila, Thanks for reading. The groundhog shown in the movie Groundhog Day looks like a cute little creature, but, in reality, there's nothing cute about these animals. Place the trap 5 to 10 feet from the entrance of their burrow. They have become a huge problem. I am having huge groundhog issues. Why does it have to be sudsy ammonia? 3. Thanks for reading and commenting. There are humane kill laws in place, so you can’t just let the poor animal starve to death in your cage. 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