Woodchuck
Woodchucks under your deck or shed? You’ve come to the right place to solve your woodchuck problems. Critter Control uses more than one approach to humanely remove and exclude woodchucks from your home and property. Call your Critter Control today for effective woodchuck control and removal services.

Description

Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, are some of the largest members of the squirrel family! You may have heard of "Groundhog Day". This day predicts how much longer winter will be, depending on the behavior of the groundhog after its long hibernation. Woodchucks can climb and swim! They can often be spotted in fields or along roadsides throughout the Eastern United States.

Appearance and Behavior

  • Short and squat
  • Slow runners
  • Long claws on their front paws, making them proficient diggers
  • Range from 16 to 25 inches in length
  • Weigh anywhere from 5 to 10 lbs
  • Display brown coats
  • Eyes and ears placed near the top of the head to allow peeking out of their burrows and survey the area for danger
  • When startled, groundhogs sound shrill whistles and scurry back to their dens for safety

Habitat

Groundhogs dig deep, large dens that may contain dozens of long tunnels! Some chambers in the tunnels are created to serve a specific purpose, such as waste collection and nursing. Woodchucks prefer to dig their burrows in dry, gravelly earth, such as that found in open grasslands, meadows, farm fields, the edges of forest clearings, and grassy roadsides. Groundhogs are found as far north as Alaska, east to New England, and as far southwest as Oklahoma!

Problems

Entry

Are groundhogs known to enter homes or yards?
Groundhogs are most active throughout the spring, summer, and fall, and they hibernate for the majority of winter. Groundhogs tend to stay within 150 feet of their burrows; their limited food range and herbivorous diet leave woodchucks no reason to enter human homes! However, their feeding habits do lead them into yards and crop fields in search of grasses, vegetables, and other tasty plants. Because they like to place their burrow entrances at the base of solid objects, groundhogs may dig burrows near houses, roads, and walls.

Do groundhogs harm people or property?
Groundhog attacks against humans are incredibly rare, but must be treated for the chance of rabies! For the majority, groundhog damage is limited to properties like farms, orchards, gardens, and lawns. These rodents are responsible for significant losses of crops, many of them being soybeans, peas, carrots, lettuce, alfalfa, apples, and flowers. Groundhog burrowing activities wreak havoc on building foundations, roads, driveways, lawns, and embankments! Farm equipment and livestock can also become damaged or injured by obscured burrow holes.

Control

Control and Safety

The most effective way to keep groundhogs out of gardens and lawns is wire mesh fences. Fences should be buried at least one foot underground and have outward-facing overhangs at the top to prevent the animals from burrowing underneath or climbing over! In some cases, it may become necessary to run an electrified wire around the perimeter of fences.

Trapping and Removal

Because groundhog burrows have multiple entrances and exits, traps should only be set by trained professionals to be most effective. Although woodchucks do not actively attack humans, they may scratch or bite when cornered or threatened, and residents should never attempt to handle the animals. Critter Control wildlife experts of Westland are trained to safely deal with nuisance groundhogs and fully equipped to handle trapping, removal, and control operations within the confines of the law.

We can help you get rid of woodchuck problems! Call our Westland office today! 734.237.8692.

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