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Groundhog Control & Identification


Groundhog Woodchick Hunting In Green Grass

ABOUT GROUNDHOGS

Common Name: Groundhog; woodchuck

Scientific Name: Marmota monax

To learn more about wildlife removal, take a look at our Wildlife Removal & Trapping page.

Also, visit our Groundhog Trapping page to learn more about our removal and prevention solutions.


HOW TO GET RID OF GROUNDHOGS:

Exclusion

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

Live-Trapping

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.

GROUNDHOG PEST DAMAGE

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.

GROUNDHOG BIOLOGY

  • 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!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a Groundhog?

Groundhogs are known as one of the largest members of the squirrel family. They spend most of their time digging elaborate underground burrows and eating plants, grasses, fruits, and tree bark. Additionally, groundhogs can be found in woodland areas. Learn more about groundhogs!

Where Do Groundhogs Come From?

Groundhogs occupy north and eastern North America. They’re common in states east of Iowa and Missouri and north of Tennessee. They prefer open fields, prairies, and the edges of woodlands. Additionally, groundhogs prefer areas where they can dig quickly, easily, and without running into predators or competition. Learn more!

What Do Groundhogs Want?

If you find a groundhog in your yard, it is probably looking for food. Groundhogs are herbivores and feed on a wide variety of plant matter, including vegetables, weeds, flowers, and grasses. Furthermore, they usually gnaw on old wood to keep their teeth healthy. Read more!

Why Do Groundhogs Wake Up in the Spring?

Groundhog mating season begins as soon as the animals wake up in spring time. Male groundhogs wake up, emerge, and immediately start looking for female burrows nearby. Spring mating season is one of the few times groundhogs will socialize. Learn more about groundhog behavior in the spring here!