Groundhogs

Identification

  • Colour Brown or grey
  • Size Up to 70 cm
  • Description Groundhogs have a stocky appearance with short, powerful limbs and thick, curved claws. Their bushy tail makes up nearly a quarter of their body length.
  • Notes Their small, rounded ears prevent dirt from getting inside the ear canal while digging and burrowing.

General Facts

Why do I have groundhogs?

Groundhogs, also called woodchucks and whistle-pigs, like to graze and sun themselves in yards, fields, and meadows, and dig burrows in prairies, open forests, meadows, and pastures. However, they will gather in suburban neighbourhoods if food is plentiful. They feed on grasses, clover, alfalfa, dandelions, snails, grasshoppers, grubs, berries, apples, lettuce, corn, carrots, and hackberry, mulberry, and maple leaves.

How worried should I be about groundhogs?

Groundhogs eat crops and destroy pastures with their burrowing, even injuring livestock that inadvertently step in groundhog holes. Their burrowing can also cause structural damage to yards, porches, and sheds. They can also carry several parasites, including ticks, chiggers, fleas, botflies, and lice. They are also capable of spreading diseases, like rabies and tularemia, and will bite, claw and scratch if threatened. Their safe and humane removal is best left to professional pest control services.

How can I prevent groundhogs invading?

Erect a protective fence that extends underground, Remove easy sources of food, Install high frequency sound repellents

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