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How to Keep Groundhogs Away From Your Property
While they might look like cute little rodents, there’s nothing cute about groundhogs. Otherwise known as woodchucks, groundhogs will indiscriminately make holes all over your yard. If these holes are near the foundation of your house, they can compromise the structural integrity of your building. What’s more, they will mercilessly eat the plants in your garden until there’s nothing left. Their burrows in the garden will destroy the root system of plants. With these destructive capabilities on their resume, it’s no surprise groundhogs are a constant source of frustration to homeowners.
At District Wildlife Solutions, we have helped thousands of businesses and homeowners bring an end to their groundhog infestation problems. And in this post, we explore some of the ways you can keep these pesky pests away from your property.
- Eliminate food supply
Although groundhogs are omnivores, the majority of their diet is plant-based. This makes gardens one of their primary target areas. They also eat other pests like grubs, insects, and even snails. The first step to keeping them away is to cut off easy access to food. Here are some of what you should do:
- Avoid over-watering your lawn. Over-watering your lawn allows grubs to thrive, and in turn, attract grubs.
- Pick up fallen fruits from your garden.
- If possible, fence your garden. (More on fencing later on).
- Eliminate hiding spots and shelter
Although groundhogs spend a lot of their time in their burrows, from time to time, they come out in search of food. During this time, they rely on the cover of trees, shrubs, and other features to conceal their presence from external threats like predators.
That’s why clearing off hiding spots from your property can make it less attractive to groundhogs. Here are some tips to bear in mind:
- Trim shrubs and bushes regularly.
- Remove abandoned objects from your yard.
- Clear off woodpiles and other rubbish in your yard.
- Remove leaves and other debris on your property.
- Ensure that you seal all potential entry holes into your property.
- Make underneath your house inaccessible to groundhogs.
- Try repellents
Several substances can be used to repel groundhogs from your property. Examples include raw eggs, castor oil, cayenne pepper, and predator urine, among many others. Apply any of this repellent around the vicinity of your property and into their den. In most instances, these repellents cause enough discomfort to deter groundhogs from residing in your yard. One quick note on repellents. Because repellents quickly wear off with time, they need to be constantly re-applied.
Let’s face it, some groundhogs will continue to remain a nuisance regardless of what you do. If that’s the case, then trapping and relocation are your best bet. Because groundhogs build a complex network of tunnels, trapping them can be challenging. That’s why involving professional wildlife companies like District Wildlife Solutions is usually the way to go. But in general, here’s how trapping works. Place the trap 5 feet away from the main entrance of the groundhog’s burrow. Bait the trap with peas, lettuce, cantaloupe, sweetcorn, or string beans. Once you catch the animal, relocate it to at least 10 miles from the capture site.
Although an expensive option, fencing is very effective for keeping woodchucks away. However, groundhogs are skilled climbers and diggers, so building an effective trap can be tricky. But here’s the gist of it. First off, ensure that the strong wire fence is at least 3 to 4 feet above the ground. Put an outward angle at the top of the fence to make it difficult to climb. But more importantly, the fence should extend at least 1 foot into the ground. Ensure that the fence is carved in the shape “L” underground as it makes it impossible for groundhogs to dig under.
From weakening the foundation of buildings to the destruction they wreck in gardens to the landscape disfigurement they cause, groundhogs are highly destructive pests. But by following some of these tips we’ve explored, you can keep these nasty critters away. If you would like professional help dealing with your groundhog infestation, promptly contact us today at District Wildlife Solutions.