GROUNDHOG TRAPPING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

NUISANCE CONCERNS:

summit pest control headerEven though groundhogs are cute looking, they can do a considerable amount of damage to a property. The primary damage caused by a groundhog comes from their incessant burrowing in unwanted areas. These burrows are where they sleep, rear their young and hibernate. The burrows are extensive, sometimes having up to five entrances, and can contain up to 45 feet of tunnels; the average burrow depth is five feet. Because the burrows are so extensive they pose real risks to agricultural crops and can even undermine the foundations of buildings. Groundhog burrows in agricultural areas are a particular threat to farm equipment, which can sink into them and become stuck. Horses, cows or other farm animals have frequently broken their legs by stumbling into groundhog dens.

HOW WE GET RID OF GROUNDHOGS:

summit pest control headerWhile the basic process for groundhog removal is simple, it does require attention to detail and constant maintenance. A key to successful groundhog trapping is removing other sources of food from the area, which can be difficult since groundhog are such diverse herbivores. Add to this the fact that groundhogs are naturally suspicious of traps (they often have to be camouflaged) and that bait needs to be kept fresh and the challenges of groundhog trapping become obvious. Once a groundhog has trapped it becomes incredibly aggressive, snarling and thrashing about wildly in the trap.

Be sure to check your local trapping laws and legal requirements as they may differ from county to county. In some locations, trapping and relocation may not be an option. The safest method of removal is to contact a qualified professional to take care of the raccoon problem. Our Wildlife control specialists are trained to humanely catch and remove a troublesome groundhog from a property.

MOST COMMON DISEASES SPREAD BY GROUNDHOGS:

summit pest control headerRabies, Tularemia. Groundhogs are also a host for parasites, like ticks, fleas, mites which can transmit a number of diseases as well.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES:

  • Get your home inspected by a licensed wildlife specialist
  • Seal entry points (be sure that all wildlife is gone)
  • Get professional-grade repairs done
  • Groundhog exclusion

FEES:

Variable. Call us for a free, no-obligation quote.

WHY ADDRESS THE PROBLEM:

Groundhogs dig in the soil near foundations, decks, porches, compromising the structures.

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