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Ground Hog

Ground Hog

Ground Hog

Marmota monax

Size:  Adults range in length from 25 to 33 inches (body plus tail)

  • Large burrow next to home 
  • Large burrow under deck
  • Large burrow next to sidewalks, drive-ways

Groundhogs are diggers. They excavate tunnels and burrows underground, in which they live and raise young. The tunnel may have up to five entrances and 50 feet of total tunnel distance. They create a den to live in, and to hibernate in. They are primarily active during the daytime. They can climb and swim, but they mostly stay in fields, foraging. When they sense danger, they retreat for the tunnel. Woodchucks can create a wide variety of vocal noises. They grow fat during the summer, lethargic by autumn, and in winter, they hibernate. They emerge in spring and start the mating process.

A groundhog or woodchuck's diet consists of grasses, clover, garden vegetables, leaves, twigs, apples, berries, and dandelion. In your garden the groundhog seeks beans, peas, herbs, strawberries, pansies, and impatiens. Groundhogs also eat grubs, grasshoppers, insects, snails and other small animals,

Groundhogs are usually classified as a pest species due to their habits of digging and eating crops. The most common complaints include the following:

  • Large burrow next to home 
  • Large burrow under deck
  • Garden/landscaping being eaten

Groundhog control is extremely important because these nuisance animals, also known as woodchucks, can remove 700 pounds of soil to complete a 20 to 25-foot-long burrow with multiple chambers which pose a serious threat to homes by damaging and undermining building foundations. 

Fencing:

Fencing should be used primarily to keep groundhogs out of specific places, like your lovely garden. 1”-3” chicken wire or wire mesh fencing should be sufficient, so long as it’s buried at least 12”-18” below the surface and about 2’ above the surface.

MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS AND TREATMENT FOR Ground Hog CONTROL

Pests need food, water, and shelter. Often the problem may be solved just by removing these key items. Before even thinking about chemical pest control, it is important to be aware of Pest’s Conducive conditions & It’s Recommendations.

Pesticides can be purchased in many different forms, each form has specific uses and application methods The pesticide application method you choose depends on the nature and habits of the target pest, the properties of the pesticide, the suitability of the application equipment, and the cost and efficiency of alternative methods. Your choice is often predetermined by one or more of these factors. Follow label directions for volume recommendations and application rates based on the pest to be controlled and utilize appropriate application tips on equipment. , these application methods are for informational purposes only. To know specific applications method/s for the product you buy, please refer actual packages for complete Label Verbiage.

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