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How To Get Rid Of A Wood Chuck


About a wood chuck

Wood chucks are also known as Ground hogs, because they tend to dig holes into the ground and hibernate during winters and eat almost everything it can find. They are rodents as it not only destroys the landscape of the garden but eats  the broccoli, peas, beans, lettuce, plantains etc. it also gnaws on fruits and trees. It makes variety of noises and can burrow inside shed as well.


  1. Encroaching the Wood chucks

Electrical fences six inches deep in the ground and 4 to 6 inches outside above the fence. One shock will scare furry creature right back into the forests.

Use a metal woven wire around the premises as a fence. The dimensions for the fence should be 6-foot wide and 4-feet high. An extra 12-inches of fence wire should be built on top but unattached, like a flap. The fence should penetrate the ground in an L shape form. When the ground hog climbs up the fence, the weight of the rodent sends them back outside the garden.

Keep a good eye on certain places where special fences should be made.

  1. Make the garden inhospitable for the ground hogs

Remove all such features from the garden that the wood chuck might find tempting. Remove all organic foods like, broccoli, plantains, lettuce etc. cut the branches and tress shorter. Clean up all the leaf piles and debris. Give them less place to hide and burrow hole. Avoid growing fruits and tree trunks; give them less items to gnaw their teeth into. Identify burrows if you have doubts and fill it in with gravel and remove all sorts of shelter.

  1. We’re going on a hog hunt

Detect all areas where damage has occurred and perhaps flag them as a reminder. Damaged vegetables like peas, beans and alfalfa etc. nibbled grass and clover and gnawed wood, chewed electrical wires and dug up holes or burrows. All these are indicators of ground hogs living in your garden. The burrows have 4 to 5 entrances and are covered with leaves and twigs. Mark these areas.

  1. Repellants for the wood chucks

Before applying repellant find out if there is a nest in the burrow as repellant will not work on mother wood chucks. The repellants that can be used are as follows:

GRANULAR REPELLANTS: Spread them around all the affected areas and surroundings of the house to keep them away.

LIQUID REPELLANTS: This can be use to spray over the crops, mulch, wood, grass, plants to prevent the hogs from gnawing and burrowing tunnels.

ELECTRONIC REPELLANTS: This appliance comes with a motion detector to activate water sprinkler. The moment the wood chucks start to get near the device it gets a zap and movement triggers the sprinklers conditioning them to be scared of entering the garden.

  1. Imprisoning the ground hogs

There are various kind of traps used to catch the wood chuck few of them are as follows:

LIVE GROUND HOG TRAPS:  Wear glove to ensure the hogs aren’t able to sniff your scent and place bait like peas inside the live trap to lure them into the cage. Cover it with leaves and twigs to trick the wood chucks. The moments it gets a whiff of the food it will enter into the cage. Take the cage to a faraway forest and release the furry creature in the woodland.

TRENCH-PORCH TRAP: Screen the porch area like a trench and install a one way door. Screening should be above the found attached to the wall and galvanized using mesh wire. Push the trench deep into the ground. When the wood chuck reaches the wall of the porch it ends up getting trapped as the mesh wire act as a barrier.

  1. Caution to be taken

Such pest catches diseases like rabies and can be dangerous. Once you are certain the wood chucks have been eradicated, fumigants can be used before repairing all the damage caused. Sulfur based fumigants and Photoxin should be used with caution. Apply in the dens and all other areas affected by the groundhogs. Read the labels and directions before use. Apply the fumigants if the rodents are present in the den. The gas is toxic and will immediately kill the ground hogs. Photoxin requires pesticide license, it is extremely toxic and has the same effects on the wood chucks. Tape the fumigants on long piece of rod or stick and place deep under the burrow and get further away from the den. It will safeguard you from the toxic fumes. Later check for the hogs and keep follow-ups to ensure the wood chucks have checked out.

  1. Shoot the ground hog

More extreme measure to terminate the rodents is to use a gun, provided it is in accordance with rules and regulation of the city and state where the gun is being used. All precautionary measures must be taken before shooting the creature. Tranquilizer guns could also work in immobilizing the wood chucks.

Solutions Pest & Lawn Top Product Suggestions For Woodchuck Control

If you don’t like any of the remedies above, you can turn to Solutions Pest & Lawn where we can offer you what the professionals use to remove woodchucks from a property. Woodchucks can be removed in a variety of ways (baits, traps, repellents) and we suggest using more than one method for the best results.

For traps we highly recommend the Havahart Live Trap. Simple bait the trap out in your yard where the woodchuck has been active and be patient and soon enough they will be caught. Among the best repellents we carry which can ward off woodchucks are Nature's Defense: All-Purpose Animal Repellent and Critter Ridder. Finally, you can use an ultrasonic noise makers that will be great for controlling woodchucks such as Transonic PRO - Ultrasonic Pest Repeller.


The wood chucks do cause a lot of destruction in the garden and can pass on rabies; hence, measures must be taken to eradicate the groundhogs by whatever means necessary.

As destructive and annoying as woodchucks can be if they decide to make themselves at home 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 woodchuck 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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