CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Are you finding these pesky little woodchuck critters to be a nuisance?
Have they gotten under your porch or shed?
Are they eating your beautiful ornamental plants and destroying your garden?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, it looks like groundhogs have taken up residency on your property.
It’s time to consider groundhog removal. But keep reading on; the little critters can be doing more damage than you are aware of.
A Little Bit About The Groundhog
Groundhogs, otherwise known as woodchucks, are certainly considered a nuisance pest. They weigh approximately 5 to 10 lbs. and are brownish-gray in color. As diurnal animals, they are active during the morning and evening hours.
In late August, they start to prepare to hibernate, filling their bellies for the winter. Their deep sleep begins in October then they awake in February. They mate in March, with their young being born in April. They stay in their dens for two months. coming out in July.
Did you know groundhogs are sensitive to smell? They dislike the pungent smell of garlic. They also hate to eat anything spicey as well as herbs. These are excellent deterrents.
We have already discussed groundhogs under your porch or shed, eating your favorite plants, and destroying your garden. But what we have not told you is that they can cause severe damage to your property elsewhere.
Groundhogs tend to like a crawlspace. When you have holes in your foundation, broken vent covers, or a chimney that is not sealed correctly; these areas become perfect access points for the little critters to enter your home.
Do you suspect you have a groundhog infestation in your house or commercial building? Before the removal process begins, the entire situation must be assessed to find all possible entry points.
For a successful removal, the traps must be effective. Since groundhogs eat fruits and vegetables, the type of bait used is crucial. They must be taken at least five miles away; otherwise, they will find their way back.
Groundhog Control and Prevention
After the removal is successfully completed, cracks, crevices, holes, loose siding must be sealed and chimney caps must be installed if needed. After all, prevention is key!
Are you still asking yourself, “what do I do and how do I get rid of this nuisance pest?” or have we convinced you to Contact the Critter Detective?
Groundhog Health Concerns
We have already determined that groundhogs are a nuisance pest that can cause damage in various ways to properties, but now let’s discuss health concerns.
Groundhogs are known to pose minimal threat to humans. The spread of disease is low.
However, in extremely rare cases, groundhogs have been documented to spread tularemia and the sylvatic plague.
The bacterium Francisella tularensis causes tularemia and is highly contagious and fatal.
Sylvatic plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and can be spread by handling dead groundhogs. Sylvatic plague affects the lymph nodes. The symptoms include chills, fever, and weakness. If it spreads from the lymph nodes to the lungs, pneumonia can set in.