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Groundhogs

What do groundhogs look like?

Groundhogs, or woodchucks as they are also commonly known, are a type of large rodent. Like other rodent species, they have very distinctive large front teeth.  Adult groundhogs have a solid stout body that is covered in grizzled, brownish gray fur, short strong legs, curved claws used for digging through dirt, small ears, and a flattened bushy tail.  Adults can grow to be 16-27 inches in length, tail included; and can weigh 4-14 pounds.

Why do I have a groundhog problem?

Groundhogs are vegetarians and help themselves to grassy lawns, weeds, and vegetable gardens; groundhogs like to create their underground burrows near food sources.  They make their burrows in open areas including lawns, fields, along the side of roads, buildings, and fences.  Groundhogs will be most active on your property in the spring and summer months, during the winter months groundhogs enter into a true hibernation.

How do I know if I have a groundhog problem on my property?

If groundhogs are on your property, you will probably see them feeding on your lawn or sunbathing on warm sunny days during the spring and summer.  Also, when groundhogs create their burrows they will leave large piles of dirt next to the entrances and exits.

Are groundhogs dangerous?

Groundhogs are not dangerous to people, and are not known to be aggressive or carry and/or transmit any serious diseases.  However, care should be taken to control them on your property because they can introduce parasites like ticks, fleas, and mites to your yard, pets, and family.

Groundhogs are dangerous to your property because their feeding and tunneling can cause significant damage to lawn and garden areas. Damages are typically expensive to repair.  Also, if they tunnel near or underneath the foundation of your home or other buildings, the structural integrity of those structures can become compromised.

How do I get rid of groundhogs?

The best way to quickly and completely get rid of a groundhog problem is with the help of a wildlife control expert.  Professionals have the training, experience, and equipment needed to safely and humanely remove nuisance groundhogs from your property; along with being able to take the necessary steps to help prevent a re-infestation.
 
At Allgood, we have a nuisance wildlife management program that is available to help you with all your groundhog control questions, concerns, and needs. Contact us today and experience the Allgood all-good pest control outcome.