What Will Keep Groundhogs Away in Pottstown, PA? How to Get Rid of Woodchucks
Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are the largest species in the squirrel family. They spend most of their time in a complex burrow system. Groundhogs will eat about a third of their weight in vegetation every day. They will come out of their burrows in the early morning and early evening to collect food. They will enter a deep sleep in October and emerge in the spring.
How to Identify Groundhog Home Foundation & Other Damage
The damage caused by a burrowing groundhog can be extensive, threatening residential developments. The sooner you identify damage caused by groundhogs, the better.
• Teeth marks that are 3/4 inches wide on wood and the lower branches of trees
• Deep holes in the lawn or ground
• Mounds of dirt outside the entrance of a burrow
• Parts of irrigation systems that are chewed
• Tracks left behind by groundhogs have five toes on the front foot and four in the back with profound claw markings
How to Keep Groundhogs Away
Groundhog management requires an integrated control plan that includes trapping, repelling and exclusion.
1. Remove attractants. Groundhogs will venture into your yard looking for food and a place to burrow. To minimize the damage they can cause, harvest crops as soon as you can, remove piles of debris that provide cover for them, keep plants trimmed, remove tree trunks they will use to gnaw or grind their teeth on and fill any burrows left behind by other animals.
2. Identify damaged areas. Figuring out where a groundhog is spending most of time and what it’s doing will allow you to pick the right control method. They will eat grasses and clover, damage crops, chew on wires, tubing and wood. They will also dig holes and burrows under lawn or structures.
3. Select a control method.
• Trapping. The most effective way to remove a groundhog is by using live groundhog traps. We don’t recommend this as a DIY option. When we are called out for groundhog trapping, we wear gloves and make sure to bait the trap in a way that the groundhog can completely enter it. We also secure the trap so it won’t roll over once the groundhog is trapped and we use leaves to camouflage the trap; so the groundhog will be more likely to enter it. We then safely remove the groundhog from your property.
• Repellents. Groundhogs have a heightened sense of smell and taste. Using a spicy pepper-based repellent will aggravate them and can keep them out of your yard. You can use a granular repellent to create a barrier and/or a liquid repellent sprayed on surfaces to discourage gnawing and eating.
• Electronic repellents. Electronic repellents are motion-activated and highly effective. They will frighten groundhogs with bursts of water to condition them to stay away from an area.
• Fencing. Fences need to be installed correctly because groundhogs are skilled climbers. Fences need to be made of strong wire with openings smaller than 3” x 3” and placed 3-4 feet above the ground. The fence needs to be under the ground by at lest 1 foot with an outward angle at the top to prevent them from climbing over.
Groundhog control is achieved when multiple control methods are implemented. This gives you the best chance of getting rid of them and keeping them away for good. Contact Pest Control Technicians, Inc. for help with any pests you’re having a problem with.
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