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Proven Groundhog (Woodchuck) Control

Woodchucks have long been a problem for farmers. When populations surge, they will damage crops and food plots. Farmers have wide open areas on which they can practice woodchuck control by shooting. However, such control measures are not an option when woodchucks move in around our homes in residential neighborhoods. This problem seems to be on the rise. As woodchucks learn to live in populated areas, they have become more difficult to control. They have few natural predators

and their shy personality makes them difficult to deal with. Around the home, woodchucks will feed on just about any plant or flower. Woodchucks will damage plants quickly with this feeding. They particularly like tomatoes, fruit or any ground growing vegetable. Most weekend gardeners will attest to the persistence these stocky creatures will demonstrate when trying to get to a certain crop they want.

Chemical Control and Netting
Around the home, most woodchuck problems are due to damage they cause eating plants. There are two ways to deal with this behavior. If they have a lot of other food available to them, you can treat desirable plants with a product called ROPEL. This spray tastes terrible and will stop the woodchucks from feeding on any treated surface. When other food sources are available, Ropel will cause the animal to find another plant for dinner. Simply spray the Ropel directly on leaves, flowers or whatever part of the plant the woodchucks are eating. Ropel is not a poison; it simply tastes terrible. Expect to get 2-6 weeks of results. Rain will break it down, but it has such a strong flavor that even trace amounts are usually enough to keep animals away. In a short period of time, the woodchuck will find another food supply to keep it happy. This will allow you to keep the plants you want to grow and not have to remove the woodchuck. Additionally, the installation of some ANIMAL NETTING will assuredly keep targeted plants protected. This light mesh plastic works great at stopping woodchuck, rabbit, deer, birds and any animal from foraging on plants, vegetables, fruit and anything you want to protect. Just wrap it up with the netting, cut it to size and you are done. The netting will let rain and sun filter through yet protect the plants underneath enabling them to grow right and preserve their production.


Trapping Method
If there is little food available for the nuisance woodchuck, spraying Ropel may not work. This is because the need for nutrition and water is too great. Woodchucks will tolerate the taste if they are stressed and need food. Since they derive water from the plants on which they feed, bad tasting food may not stop them. If they are thirsty and are not able to get needed water and nutrition from adjoining vegetation, you will have to resort to trapping if you don't install the protective netting. Trapping woodchucks is easy. In most cases, all you need is the plant on which they have been feeding to use as bait. If you want to make the attractant even more alluring, use some broccoli. Woodchucks like this vegetable. Live traps need to placed alongside the burrows where the woodchuck lives. The LT111230 is a great trap for live catching. It is easy to set and carry and will fit any size woodchuck. If you have a lot of animals and expect to be trapping on a regular basis, you should consider the NH2361. This is more commercial and is constructed with a heavier steel frame for added life. Another trap to consider is the LT111236BD. This is a very unique design and may be the only one available which makes it perfect for trapping woodchucks. Many woodchuck dens have holes which go down into the ground. This trap takes advantage of this characteristic.

After the Ground Hog has been Removed
Since woodchuck dens have strong scents used for marking territory and mating status, most will attract
attention. Other woodchucks, both male and female, will let curiosity get the best of them and seek out these vacated "homes". Once it is learned that "no one is around", they will quickly try to seize the property as theirs. For this reason it is important to fill tunnels and dens that are left after you remove targeted woodchuck. Failure to close these holes will most likely lead to some other animal finding it and then taking advantage of the vacated home. Though it is most likely that another woodchuck will find it, many other ground dwelling animals may try to move into such an area if given the chance. These animals include bob cat, rats, snakes, opossum, raccoon or gophers. Though simply filling the holes with dirt will help, adding some COYOTE URINE or RED FOX URINE down the hole and to the fill dirt, as it is applied, will add the extra "scent" most any animal will detect. Such scents will set off instinctive warnings to these animals which will cause most to move away and leave. Coyote or Fox Urine found in, around or on dens is a sure sign of danger and most prey animals will heed the warning and move along. This little bit of extra work can go a long way at stopping future reinfestations.

Wildlife Control
This section contains tips on how residents may participate toward the control of wildlife problems.

Landscape and Gardens
Suggested methods in how to control wildlife damage.

Deer Control Plants known to repulse deer click here.

Ground Hog Control

Mole Control Methods

Chipmonk Control Methods

Raccoon Control Methods

Squirrel Control Methods

Pets Management
Suggested methods in how to manage Cats and Dogs.

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