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How to Get Rid of Groundhogs

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Have you been noticing holes in your garden or backyard lately? Do your vegetation and beautiful plants seem to be ripped apart? Are there claw marks on the trees and large patches of grass missing? 

If so, there is a possibility that all of this is happening because there are groundhogs present on your property. Groundhogs love nibbling on trees, vegetation, and green plants. They are able to dig deep pits that are one foot wide where they start their own families. This action causes your months of hard work to go down the drain and makes your garden look bad. This guide will help you get rid of groundhogs for good!

What Are Groundhogs?

Groundhogs are large rodents. They are best identified by their furry brown exterior, bushy tail and inverted claws. They are also known as the bigger version of squirrels. These garden destroyers are extremely active during the morning and afternoon.

Behavior

  • Groundhogs are the most active during spring and fall. Most of their activity happens in the early morning or the early evening time. During this time, they come out of their burrows so they can gather food.

  • Groundhogs are extreme hibernators. They go to sleep in October and wake up during early spring. When the temperature begins to drop, the groundhog’s heartbeat lowers. This is when they use their reserved fat from their summer diet to help them live.

  • Their mating season comes after their hibernation is finished. Female groundhogs are able to give birth to 2-4 kids at a time. The offspring stays with the mother for the first 2 months and then get independent.

  • Their sharp, long claws allow groundhogs to dig deep complex burrows, which they use for hibernating, mating and for food storage.

  • Their favorite foods include dandelions, clover, garden vegetables, bark, apples, carrot tops beans & peas and flowers.

9 Ways to Get Rid Of Groundhogs

  1. The Trap

There are two types of traps available to get rid of groundhogs. One trap allows you to capture them and release them afterwards and the other one ultimately kills them. Make the decision about which trap you would want to use. After that is done, place the trap at the entrance of the burrow so that when they are trying to enter, they are stuck. For best results, you can put groundhog baits in the trap. These baits consist of cantaloupe, vanilla extract, peas, lettuce, sweet corn, peaches, and strawberries.

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn we have a fantastic traps which can effectively capture groundhogs called the Havahart Live Trap. Simply bait the product, lay It in an active area and soon enough, the groundhod will be caught.

  1. Sudsy Ammonia

For this method, it is important that you choose a burrow that has groundhogs present in it. Take 2½ cups of sudsy ammonia and pour it down the burrow. This will make the groundhogs come out. Once the groundhogs are out of the burrow, you will need to trap them so they do not go into hiding again. If this does not work the first time, feel free to redo it the day after.

Alternatively, you can use a quarter glass of water, 2 cups of regular ammonia and 2 spoons of detergent. Mix it well and pour it in the hole. Always remember to wear gloves when dealing with ammonia.

  1. Remove the Attractions

It is important to remove all things that attract these rodents. Get rid of rock piles, woodpiles, and tree waste from your garden. Keep trimming the bushes and plants so the groundhogs do not see anything fascinating about it.

  1. Mud

Since groundhogs are messing with your property, it is ok to return the favor. Although this process is slow and tiring, you must do it if you want them to be gone for good. Keep filling their burrow with mud until you have filled it completely. The groundhog will get exhausted and leave your garden.

  1. Garlic

Groundhogs hate the smell of garlic and get irritated by its presence which makes this method effective. You can crush some garlic cloves or spread garlic paste around their area. You can throw some crushed garlic into their burrows and sprinkle garlic powder around and inside it.

  1. Attract Them

  • You can either grow their favorite plants somewhere off your property so they get attracted towards it and leave.

OR

  • You could get a groundhog trap and place a bait in it. They love the taste of sugary fruits and they get attracted to its smell. When the groundhog tries to get to the fruit, it will be trapped.

  1. Pepper Spray

Pepper spray has the same effects as garlic. Groundhogs cannot stand being around pepper; therefore, spraying pepper down their burrows will ensure that your garden becomes groundhogs-free.

  1. Talcum Powder

Sprinkling talcum powder inside or around the burrow will make sure the groundhogs stay out of your garden.

  1. Fumigation

Having fumigation will ensure that the groundhogs present evacuate. It is done with the help of a gas cylinder filled with carbon monoxide. It is most effective when the soil is damp because dry soil will absorb the chemical. Perform the fumigation during the summer time when they are hiding in their burrows so all of them come out together. Keep the groundhog traps nearby so you can capture them once they are out.

Repel Groundhogs Using DIY Products From Solutions Pest & Lawn

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we carry a number of different repellents that are proven to make groundhogs no longer want to stick around. Among the repellents we carry which can ward off groundhogs are Nature's Defense: All-Purpose Animal Repellent and Critter Ridder. We also have a  ultrasonic noise makers in stock that will be great for controlling groundhogs  such as Transonic PRO - Ultrasonic Pest Repeller. This noisemaker is silent to us humans but disturbing to animals and will chase groundhogs off.

Conclusion

Once you have captured the groundhogs make sure you do not kill it. When your garden is completely groundhog-free, you can get back to fixing it up.

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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