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Groundhog Control & Identification

Groundhog Woodchick Hunting In Green Grass


Common Name: Groundhog; woodchuck

Scientific Name: Marmota monax

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Buried wire is the best exclusion method for groundhogs gaining access under your porch, deck, shed, sunroom or anywhere else they may dig under.


Varment Guard technicians live-trap groundhogs using  live- catch wire cage traps. Live traps are most effective if placed directly in their runways at the burrow or on foraging trails. Traps are baited with variety of fruit and leafy vegetation scent.


Groundhogs (a.k.a. woodchucks) commonly invade cropland and vegetable gardens, eating or destroying vegetables and succulent landscape plants. Groundhogs have been known to enter engine compartments of parked vehicles and gnaw on various rubber or plastic engine components and electrical wiring. Groundhogs excavate large, unsightly burrows in fields, golf courses, cemeteries, lawns and landscaping beds, leaving mounds of soil at the dig site. They often excavate burrows along and beneath home and building foundations. They also burrow into levees and dikes, causing damaging washouts.


  • Adult body length (without tail): 16 to 22 inches
  • Adult body weight: 5 to 13 pounds
  • Gestation period: 31 to 32 days
  • Litters per year: 1
  • Litter size: 2 to 7 young (average 4)
  • Breeding season: March and early April
  • Birthing season: April through May
  • Age at which young are weaned: 6 weeks
  • Activity period: Daytime; especially sunrise to mid-morning and late afternoon until dark
  • Range: 40 to 160 acres
  • Primary foods: Vegetables, legumes, grasses and fruits

We can rid you of groundhogs (or woodchucks) safely and efficiently!