Groundhogs may look cute, but they can do real damage to a piece of property. Outside, the burrowing nature of groundhogs can lead to a lot of damage to plants, gardens, and crops. The burrows can also hide an unseen tripping hazard for people and animals. The holes left behind can easily lead to a broken leg. Unfortunately, groundhogs do not always stay outside either. Groundhogs can burrow under homes and live underneath the foundation, chewing at the structures in their path. This can lead to real structural damages that should be avoided by removing the groundhog before it can cause it.
Groundhogs appear larger than many expect, with the average weighing more than 20 pounds. They eat the plants on the property they call home, and have two to six babies during mating season. This means that a groundhog problem, while having a momentary lull while groundhogs hibernate, will continue to get worse unless addressed. Structural damage is not the only danger that reproducing Groundhogs present either. They are rabies carriers and they do bite as a primary defense mechanism, making them likely to infect those who they see as a threat. They also carry diseases in their feces, as well as through the fleas and ticks that call them home.
The only way to get rid of a groundhog on your property is to call a professional to have it removed. Active Wildlife Removal has performed many groundhog removals in the past, and can safely and quickly remove groundhogs from infested property. Groundhog removal begins by locating where the groundhog makes its burrow and the exit points. Once located, the groundhog removal begins. Ultimately, Active Wildlife Removal traps the groundhogs in cages. The groundhogs are then ethically removed to a safe location for wildlife, far from your property. Leaving a groundhog to keep digging once you find damage will only lead to a lot more repair work down the road. By calling professionals to handle groundhog removal as soon as possible, you prevent a large amount of damage. Professional live trapping is the only effective way to remove the rodents.
If you find a groundhog hole on your property, call us immediately. Many property owners give in to temptation and attempt to seal the exit holes once they find a burrow, but this will not stop groundhogs. When the groundhog finds the holes sealed, it will do what it does best: dig. While the groundhog holes have already caused some damages, this will only increase the amount of damage. The groundhog will dig all new paths across the property, so attempting to take care of groundhogs on your own only increases the amount of property damage suffered. Groundhog removal should be handled by experienced professionals.
How to Get Rid of Groundhogs
Once you get rid of the groundhogs on your property, you may ask how to get rid of groundhogs coming back in the future. While not foolproof, a number of methods can be used to reduce the likelihood of groundhogs returning.
First, a property owner should identify the areas that a groundhog has damaged. After the groundhog has been removed, the holes should be filled in. Do not attempt to do this before the groundhogs have been removed, as it will cause the groundhog to cause more damage. If in the ground, simply fill the holes with dirt. If the burrow runs close to foundation, concrete or gravel may need to be used. After that, remove the most attractive things for groundhogs. That means harvesting plants and crops when they become available, removing their food supply. Plants can still be left in the garden, but do not tempt the rodents by leaving vegetables and fruits to ripen past the time for harvest. Remove other attractive debris from the yard. Groundhogs love yard debris and tree trunks; these allow them to easily hide when leaving their burrows. By removing food as soon as possible and not giving groundhogs anything to hide under, you make your yard far less attractive.
Active Wildlife Removal has experience in removing groundhogs. If you are in the Nashville area and believe you may have an infestation, contact Active Wildlife Removal for professional groundhog removal.
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