Groundhog Removal / Control
While 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 groundhog 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 is trapped it becomes incredibly aggressive, snarling and thrashing about wildly in the trap. We relocate all captured groundhog to wildlife locations at least 15 miles away from the site.
Groundhogs can do a considerable amount of damage to property. The primary damage caused by groundhog comes from their incessant burrowing in unwanted areas. These burrows are where the groundhog 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.