Woodchucks are among one of many creatures whose primary damage occurs outside the home. They will cause extensive damage to crops and landscapes, in the form of dirt mounds that disrupt terrain and can be dangerous. If groundhogs and their damage appear in your home, contact our Cape Cod office at 508.690.0076.
Get Rid of Groundhogs
Woodchucks are exceptional climbers and adept swimmers. They are most often spotted in fields or along roadsides throughout the Eastern United States. Although they, like many wildlife animals, may look harmless, their damage leaves a lot to be desired.
- Wire mesh fences can be used to effectively keep groundhogs away from gardens and lawns.
- Fences should be buried at least a foot underground and have outward-facing overhangs at the top to prevent the animals from burrowing underneath or climbing over.
- In some cases, it may become necessary to run electrified wire around the perimeter of fences.
Groundhogs are active in spring–early fall, therefore having no reason to get inside homes. Everything they need to survive is outside. Their feeding habits do lead them into yards and crop fields in search of grasses, vegetables, and other tasty plants. Groundhogs may dig burrows near houses, roads, and walls as they like to place the entrances to their dens at the base of solid objects.
- Groundhog attacks against humans are incredibly rare and must be treated as an indication of rabies. For the most part, groundhog damage is limited to properties like farms, orchards, gardens, and lawns.
- The rodents are responsible for significant losses of crops, such as soybeans, peas, carrots, lettuce, alfalfa, apples, and flowers.
- Burrowing activities wreak havoc on building foundations, roads, driveways, lawns, and embankments. Farm equipment and livestock can also become damaged or injured by obscured burrow holes.
Since groundhog burrows have multiple entrances and exits, traps should only be set by trained professionals. Although woodchucks do not actively attack humans, they may scratch or bite when cornered or threatened, and residents should never attempt to handle the animals. Critter Control wildlife experts are trained to safely deal with nuisance groundhogs and fully equipped to handle trapping, removal, and control operations within the confines of the law. We can help you get rid of woodchuck problems. Call today: 508.690.0076.Request a Quote