Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, 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. Contact Critter Control to schedule a woodchuck inspection today.
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 be necessary to run electric wire around the perimeter of fences.
Frequent Woodchuck Problems
- Their limited range and herbivorous diet can lead woodchucks into yards and crop fields in search of vegetation.
- 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.
- Home entry is not common but structural damage can result from woodchuck burrows.
Full-Service Groundhog Removal
Groundhog attacks against humans are incredibly rare and must be treated as an indication of rabies. For the most part, groundhog damage is limited to properties like farms, orchards, gardens, and lawns. The rodents are responsible for significant losses of crops, such as soybeans, peas, carrots, lettuce, alfalfa, apples, and flowers. Farm equipment and livestock can also become damaged or injured by obscured burrow holes.
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