Groundhog Pest Control
Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks and whistlepigs in some areas, are marmots (the same class that contains squirrels) and are also related to rats. Just like their relatives, the groundhogs are also a nuisance in the areas where they are present. In a field, these critters can be as problematic as snails or mildew or algae and in residential areas their infestation can be as bad as an insect or a termite attack. Since they burrow in the ground, they can actually cause injuries to children and pets that may be playing there and they can even weaken foundations of buildings. That is the reason if becomes important to implement methods to remove them.
Here are five methods that are commonly used:-
1. The most humane method is to use an ultrasonic repeller. Groundhogs, like rats, can detect ultrasonic sound and that makes them uneasy. They will likely flee the area. The timid nature of the groundhogs will scare them into leaving the place. Ultrasound can also have effect on insect species such as locust, cockroach, beetle and bee.
2. Another humane method is to use some kinds of moving devices in the area where you suspect groundhogs to be a problem. For example, if there are groundhogs in a particular spot in your lawn, you might install a pinwheel device there. Just looking at the device moving ominously will make the groundhogs get away from the place. Such devices are prominently seen in fields in Baltimore, Maryland and Richmond, Virginia.
3. Some people take the pains of fencing their gardens. A good fence will keep not only the groundhogs out, but also other animal population such as rats and frogs. There are also some repellent odors and foods available that can discourage groundhogs from entering the area. However, you will have to see which of these are legal to use in your state.
4. Another method that is illegal in some states is setting up live catch traps for groundhogs. Here the animals are lured into a trip trap with bait. When they enter, a shutter closes and they get trapped inside. This is usually done at night; in the morning, you can take the trap to a distant area and release the animal. Though this method is humane for animals such as rats, groundhogs can get more distressed. That's the reason you will have to check whether this method is legal in your area.
5. Groundhogs will usually want cover in the places where they abound. Hence, if you have tall grasses or weeds in your lawn, garden or field, there is a much greater chance of groundhogs coming over to the place. Trimming these grasses will help. The same applies to other kinds of covers that your surrounding might provide.
There are other methods used for groundhog pest control too, such as using some kinds of sprays or gas shells in the holes where groundhogs abound. But these methods are illegal in most states, and besides that, they are quite inhumane to use.