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How To Get Rid of A Groundhog

Groundhogs, also called woodchucks, are mostly found in Northern America and build their homes in gardens by burrowing in several places. If you find claws on your garden trees, burrows and bites on your plantation, you have a groundhog problem. 

These diggers are considered pests because of their burrowing activities. If uncontrolled, groundhogs could wipe out your precious garden within days. The soft soil and fresh plantation in the gardens attract groundhogs to build their homes. They can be a serious nuisance since burrowing can cause structural damage and cracks in the foundations.

An adult groundhog can consume a pound of vegetation within one day. There are ways you could repel and prevent groundhogs from settling in your garden – let’s see what they are:


Before dealing with groundhogs, it is recommended that you consult a pest-control agency to avoid harming yourself and the family. If you notice a groundhog every once-in-awhile, you could try setting a trap.

Get a dark-colored trap and cover it with mud so that the groundhogs cannot detect it. Place food inside the trap, such as fresh fruits and vegetables to lure the animal and place fallen leaves, twigs, branches and mud around the trap to camouflage it. To prevent the trap from becoming unbalanced, place a rock or brick above it.

Once the animal is trapped, do not let it sit there for too long as it can get aggressive. Use a piece of cloth to hold the trap so that it does not come directly into contact with your skin. Pick the groundhog up using a net and drop it off far away from your place or hand it over to an animal agency. However, if groundhogs frequently make way into the garden, it would become laborious to set traps for each groundhog and other methods may be preferable.  

The trap which we carry here at Solutions Pest & Lawn which we highly recommend for trapping ground hogs is the Havahart Live Trap.

Steel fence

Build a wire fence around the perimeter to prevent the groundhogs from making way into your garden. Groundhogs can be good climbers, so it is better to get steel or wire fences that run at least a foot deep beneath ground level and are curving outwards in ‘L-shaped’ pattern. This is to prevent them from getting around the fence. It should be at least four feet above ground level and with maximum three-inch open spaces.


Just as dogs can prevent burglars from coming inside your house, they can also put off groundhogs. Groundhogs consider cats and dogs as natural predators; thus they will stay away when pets guard your house.


You can get groundhog-repellant sprays or use cat litter with water on stones and place them near burrows since groundhogs cannot tolerate the scent. However, these repellants may need to be reapplied continually as they get washed off by rain.

Groundhogs see cats as predators, so cat litter gives them the sense of presence of a cat. Most repellants are made to smell like predators, such as kitty litter and fox urine to scare the hogs away. If there are tunnels, pour the repellants daily until the hogs go away.

You need to identify why groundhogs are making way in your garden. Change the environment by trimming the grass regularly, removing weed and using mink oil.   

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we recommend using a chemical repellent that is pepper based. These will serve as a big deterrent to a groundhog’s heightened sensitivity to smells. Among the repellents we carry which can ward off groundhogs are Nature's Defense: All-Purpose Animal Repellent and Critter Ridder.


Supermarkets provide equipment that assists you in keeping woodchucks away. For instance, ultrasonic waves are within hearing range of the animals and can scare them easily. Equipment that produces these waves needs to be placed near the burrows as that is where hogs are within the sound range. You could also use motion sensors. Lights switch on whenever the hog leaves the burrow, scaring it right back.  

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn we have an ultrasonic noise makers in stock that will be great for controlling groundhogs  such as Transonic PRO - Ultrasonic Pest Repeller.

Smoke bombs

Repellants and equipment may not work if rodents have found a safe haven in your garden and they can avoid them by digging in other places. You could use gas cartridges to poison them or scare them off. Rodents are active during the day and late afternoon. The cartridge is placed inside the tunnel, ignited and covered to prevent the smoke from escaping. Use the cartridges away from the house as gas can leak into the household and be unsafe for people.

Other smoke bombs that contain carbon monoxide choke the rodents and may be toxic to other pests as well. These should be used after professional consultation because animal carcass can be dangerous to humans and invite other pests into the house.


Flowers that have a strong scent, such as primroses, lilies of the valley, lilac and marigold can shield the smell of vegetables and may help in keeping rodents away. Planting strong-smelling vegetables such as garlic, onions and turnips on the perimeter of the garden could be helpful in putting off pests.

Less Desirable Methods

If you wish to use lethal methods to drive away rodents, contact the wildlife agencies as it could be illegal to shoot them. Shooting can also be risky to humans if the bullet does not kill the hog. A hog that is shot and gets away can be dangerous to people and you want to avoid getting bitten and infected. If nothing else works, contact the wildlife personnel as it could take days to drive away or kill hogs on your own.

It is not recommended to use poisoning methods as they can be slow and torturous; if the animal is not killed immediately, it may get aggressive and pose a threat to the people. It is best to get professional advice to carry out such extreme measures.


As destructive and annoying as groundhogs can be if they decide to make themselves at hom on your property, by applying the above control techniques and equipping yourself with the right products, you can capture or rid the groundhog from your home safely and effectively.

For more tips and advice on groundhog control, don’t hesitate to give us a phone call at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com.

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