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How to Get Rid of Groundhogs With Ammonia

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Have you been coming across burrows in your garden? Claw marks on your garden trees? Or your fruit and vegetable plants are being eaten every day? It is likely that you are having trouble with groundhogs.

Groundhogs belong to the rodent family, are also called woodchucks or whistle pigs and can be found throughout Canada and the US. They build burrows in gardens which could be detrimental to the health of your plantation and infrastructure. Groundhogs can dig several entrances for their burrows to escape from predators. If they build burrows that are several meters long, they can potentially damage the foundations of buildings.

They can eat your vegetations and destroy ponds. You would mostly find them active during the day. They go into hibernation in October and become active in spring. They are considered pests and killed because of their damaging burrowing activities. If nothing is done to get rid of them, they can wipe out your precious, hard-grown plants within days.

Adult groundhogs are known to consume to one pound of plantation per day. If you have had to deal with groundhogs, you could try using ammonia to repel or drive them away. Before you deal with them, check the laws of your state as it could be illegal to kill hogs or perform inhumane measures on them.

Observe their behavior   

If you have been noticing structural damage or your plants eaten, identify the locations of burrows in your garden and those places where the hogs are most active. Check where they are coming out from and going in. Their holes are usually hidden beneath sticks, leaves and stones.

Repel with ammonia

Mix ammonia with washing detergent, vinegar, hot pepper and soap and pour the mixture down each hole. This may have to be repeated for a few days until the woodchucks go away. Always wear gloves before handling the mixture as it may cause an allergic reaction, itchiness or skins rash.

While performing the remedy, make sure that pets and children are not nearby. If you are worried about young ones going near the hole, try putting up a sign of warning to keep them away or don’t let them enter the garden.

Oil, pepper and ammonia mixture

Make a mixture of castor oil, black or cayenne pepper and ammonium and sprinkle it in burrows or in a few locations around the house where the woodchucks are active. For this there is some effort needed to observe their habits and where they are most active. Observe them on a sunny day as that is when they come out to look for food. Observe where they gather and what they are feeding on.   

Use ammonia as bait

Before carrying out the ammonia remedy, you could try placing a cage trap near the hole entrances or exits. Place a dark-colored trap and cover it with mud so that the hogs do not detect it. Lure the rodents in by placing fruits and vegetables inside. Conceal the cage with leaves, sticks and place rocks above to prevent them from being toppled over.  When done, pour ammonia inside the holes. If using ammonia manages to drive them out and into the trap, you could hand them over to the animal agency or drop them off far from your home.

Spray ammonia mixture on fence

Try getting a fence on the perimeter of your house that is at least a foot high and also goes a foot deep into the ground to prevent rodents from digging underneath and getting into your garden. Apply ammonium mixture around the fence to prevent hogs from coming in. This may have to be repeated if it gets washed off.

Apply ammonia on pavement

Apply or spray ammonia on the pavement around the house. Again, this may get washed off so it would have to be reapplied.  Also use some around your yard and garden. Avoid using it on soil and plantation.

Use ammonia mud

For this method, you have to get lots of mud, mix it with ammonia and apply it in each hole. Keep repeating the process every few days until it drives the woodchucks away. Keep checking regularly whether the woodchucks are being driven away.

To keep them out in the first place, keep your house and outdoors clean at all times. Do not leave piles of debris, leaves and food leftover lying around the house. Whenever eating in your garden, always clean the place of food crumbs. Keep them away by cleaning the trash bin every week to remove its foul odor that could invite hogs. Also keep the trash sealed with a lid and place stones on or chain around the lid to prevent the odor from escaping.

To protect you plants, you could plant flowers that have strong scents, such as marigold, lilies or primroses around vegetation as they could help contain the scent of vegetables.

Using ammonia in larger concentrations would be harmful to pet, children and other people close in the vicinity so it is always better to go for safer deterrents to keep the hogs out.

Solutions Pest & Lawn Can Help You Eliminate Groundhogs

When ammonia is unable to remedy the groundhog problem, it may be necessary to try an alternative which Solutions Pest & Lawn has plenty of. We carry a variety of products which can eliminate a groundhog issue—from traps to repellents and baits.

Use a chemical repellent that is pepper based. These will serve as an  anathema 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.

You can also use electronic repellents. These are motion sensing water sprinklers and are very effective at scaring groundhogs away. Or you can use ultrasonic noise makers such as Transonic PRO - Ultrasonic Pest Repeller.

Groundhogs can be a terribly destructive animal which you can encounter in your yard, however 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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