Groundhogs–they are the fluffy little creatures famous for predicting an early or late Spring every February, for their intricate tunnel systems and affinity for gnawing on wood. But when they start to infiltrate your yard, they can cause significant damage to your grass and soil, trees, garden, and surrounding structures.
In this blog, Animal Remover shares ten interesting facts about the groundhog and explains how to get rid of them, protecting your home and property from unnecessary damage.
10 Facts About Groundhogs
- Groundhogs are commonly referred to as “woodchucks,” although they do not actually “chuck” (or throw) wood. They prefer to eat tender plants and do not usually eat hardwood–though they will chew on it to sharpen their teeth.
- They are also known as “whistle pigs” due to the loud, high-pitched whistle they emit when startled.
- Groundhogs are members of the squirrel family, chipmunks, prairie dogs, and other medium-sized rodents.
- Their burrows can be up to 30 feet long, 5 feet deep, and usually contain multiple entrances and “spyholes.”
- Other animals such as rabbits and foxes often hide from predators in groundhog burrows.
- Groundhogs use their burrows for hibernation, mating, and hiding from predators.
- Groundhogs are “true hibernators” during the winter–meaning their heartbeat slows and body temperature drops, and they enter into a dormant state.
- They are vegetarians, and their favorite foods are clover, alfalfa, dandelions, beans, and peas.
- Groundhogs construct both Summer and Winter dens–the Winter den is used for hibernation and usually features only one entrance, while the Summer den features multiple entries.
- They are most active in the morning and late afternoon, during feeding times.
How to Get Rid of Groundhogs
Animal Remover’s plan for removing groundhogs from your yard will involve a combination of trapping, habitat modification, and exclusion.
Animal Remover can help trap and relocate the groundhogs living in your yard. We only use humane traps that do not harm the animal.
Animal Remover can coach you on modifying the environment the groundhogs are living in to discourage them from returning once they’ve been removed. Removing groundhogs’ favorite plant-based foods and weeds can help, as well as removing any large brush piles, tall grass, and bushes where groundhogs can hide or burrow.
You can exclude groundhogs from your property by building a fence or installing row covers to keep them out, and our experts can help you understand the proper dimensions and materials to use to make these barriers effective.
Animal Remover Can Help
Groundhogs are certainly interesting critters, but if they are causing damage to your yard or property, Animal Remover can help. We’ll help you brainstorm the best solutions for animal removal while using a humane and respectful approach. Call us today at 513-324-WILD or contact us online.