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How to Keep Groundhogs Away

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Are you tired of those pesky woodchucks also known as groundhogs consuming a large portion of your produce and making a mess out of your garden? Woodchucks have been known to eat at least a pound and a half of food a day. At this rate it will take them no time to wipe out your entire garden. Woodchucks can also disrupt the structural integrity of your yard when burrowing. Not only that, but these burrows can damage the roots of plants and make it difficult for people and animals to walk through the yard without slipping in a burrow when it’s near the surface. They cause damages to trees by stripping them of their bark to indicate their burrow’s entrance; which makes the trees more susceptible to diseases. With all of these problems you’ve just simply had enough and want to know how to get rid of them for good, right?

It has been said that eggs turn the woodchucks away and keep them away for good. Yet there are no guarantees that this is true. If you know that you have woodchucks in your yard that are demolishing the plants, veggies and fruits in your garden, then you must locate the burrows. These shouldn’t be hard to find considering woodchucks like to make many of them. You would take an egg, crack it open over the burrow and cover the burrow with dirt. You are supposed to do this with every burrow until there aren’t anymore. Lasting up to 2 weeks, the groundhogs should be long gone. You shouldn’t have to perform this task again unless the burrows return. This solution offers short term results which leaves you spending more and more money to keep the woodchucks away.

Castor Oil
Castor oil is a repellant that is used to deter groundhogs as well. It works like the eggs where you’d place about a spoon full of castor oil into the burrows and seal them with dirt. You could also take ½ cup of castor oil and mix it with at least 2 cups of water. Once you have done this, place the mixture inside of a spray bottle. You can spray this mixture all around your garden and lawn to keep the woodchucks from nibbling on anything. You should repeat this every 2-3 weeks for it to keep the woodchucks from coming back. The problem with this is that you have to keep dishing out the dough for a solution that is not guaranteed and offers no permanent results.

Now you know that you’ve heard the old folks talking about a little sprinkle of pepper will send the woodchucks a running. Supposedly, you can use any type of pepper to repel the groundhogs. It can be Cheyenne pepper, chili pepper or red pepper. Just sprinkle a bit into the burrow holes and hide them with dirt. If you want to treat your entire lawn, just mix 4 spoons of pepper and 2 cups of warm water together inside of a spray bottle. You can either repeat this step every 2-3 weeks or wait to find more burrows before reapplying it again. Although pepper is very inexpensive, if you have to buy extra pepper every 2-3 weeks for your lawn and your food, the money can certainly add up and who’s to say that the woodchucks won’t become immune and return anyway.

More information about groundhog repellent - analysis of types and effectiveness.

Many people have tried using mesh fences that have openings no more than an inch wide. You would place posts around the perimeter of your yard or garden about 8-10 feet away from each other. Along the fence line, you should then dig a trench that is about 1 foot deep. This should be done before you set the hardware. Now, take the wire and attach it to the posts but while still filling in the trench. This is supposed to keep the groundhogs from digging under the wire. This could be effective considering woodchucks can only dig about 5 feet deep, but you would need to pair this solution with trapping for it to guarantee the removal of the woodchucks.

To really rid your yard of all of the veggie stealing animals, you would need to catch and remove them first, then place a fence around your yard to keep any others from getting in. When you set a trap, you must first locate the groundhog’s burrows and seal all of them off except one. This will force the woodchuck to use the available one to escape. This is where you will set the trap. At the top of the trap door is a lock mechanism that has to be pushed up. After you have done this, push the bar that is U-shaped up against the door. Now, you can lift the door up and as you do the lock mechanism will be released. Place the trap 5 feet away from the woodchuck’s burrow with bait inside but behind the trap’s trip pan. You can use guide logs that will force the woodchuck to move towards the trap, but be sure to disguise with leaves and shrubs. Once the woodchuck has attempted to remove the bait, the door will lock it securely inside. This is the only way to get rid of a woodchuck for good, because you can locate him to another area away from your property.

More in-detail how-to groundhog removal articles:
Information about groundhog trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a groundhog - with poison or other methods.
Information about how to catch a groundhog - remove one stuck in the house.

This site is intended to provide education and information about how to keep groundhogs away from your house, yard, garden or shed, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a groundhog problem. This site provides many groundhog control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of groundhog removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with keeping away groundhogs. Click here to read more about how to get rid of groundhogs.

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