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Groundhog Live Trapping & Removal

Groundhog Woodchick Hunting In Green Grass

• Trapping & Removal
• Prevention & Exclusion
• Entry Problems & Damage Repair

To learn more about groundhog (woodchuck) identification, take a look at our Groundhog Identification page.


Varment Guard technicians live-trap groundhogs using 32″x 12″x 10″or similar size wire cage traps. Live traps are most effective if placed directly in their runways or at burrow entrances and baited with cut vegetables and fruits such as apples, corn on the cob, tomatoes, sweet potato, carrots, cabbage, or specialty lures. Keep in mind, however, it may take several days before an animal will become accustomed to and enter the trap. When only a few animals are involved, live-catch traps are a practical approach.


Groundhogs will dig beneath ordinary chain-link fences, but if extra wire (e.g., 1/2-inch mesh hardware cloth) is buried about 18 inches deep and curved outward at the bottom, it will normally restrict their movements. Although not considered very good climbers, if determined, they may even climb chain-link fences. A buried wire fence consisting of 1/2 inch mesh hardware cloth, fastened as a complete skirting around wood decks and raised porches, will prevent groundhog activity beneath those structures.

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