Are you tired of all the Groundhog holes in your yard and the lack of vegetation because of these pests? Fret no more because there are many ways to get rid of these little guys (okay, so they’re not that little because they can weigh more than small dogs or large cats) so you can go back to enjoying your yard.
Groundhog holes are not only big, which is dangerous if you have children or pets that play in your yard but they can also be very long and can weaken structures in which they are underneath. Their homes are not just a single hole in which they enter and exit; there are typically multiple holes (at least two) in which can be used if emergency escape is needed. This is why so many people every year are in search of ways to quickly and effectively get rid of Groundhogs.
Fixes For Animal Lovers
If you are like so many people out there who love animals and don’t want to harm them but also want to keep them away from your precious garden and underneath your home, here are a few things you can try.
First off, you can set up traps located at the entryway to the groundhog’s tunnel. Once captured, the ground hogs may be relocated safely. It is important to learn the laws in your area, because some states do not allow you to move Groundhogs.Alternatively, you must release them in an allowed location and that location needs to be at least five miles away from your home or they are likely to find their way back once again. Having an official release these animals will typically cost you around fifty dollars.
Another popular option to get rid of Groundhogs is fencing that keeps the animals out of areas that you want to protect. Above ground, fences need to be about three feet high and underneath the ground; they must be one foot in length. The bottom of the fence should be bent at a ninety degree angle (pointed away from the area you want to keep Groundhogs out of) to keep Groundhogs from digging there.
If you don’t want to build a fence and you don’t want to relocate the Groundhogs, Epsom salt can be applied to your garden. Groundhogs hate the taste so they will cease eating your vegetation. With each rain, you will need to reapply.
More Drastic Measures
Groundhogs can be gassed or captured using traps similar to bear traps. Many people resort to poison but this is dangerous if you have animals in your area because they may end up eating it as well. Again, you need to figure out the laws in your area, because oftentimes you are not allowed to kill these animals.