All Wildlife Removal Service of New Jersey
can get rid of problem Groundhogs...
Many times homeowners think they see
the same groundhog living in their yard
for years. Suddenly the homeowner is
shocked - why has that same
groundhog become so much more
brazen THIS year? Or they can't believe it
- that same groundhog had babies this
year! Well, the homeowner will also be
surprised to learn... while all groundhogs
do in fact LOOK THE SAME, they are not
THE SAME GROUNDHOG year after year.
As it turns out, groundhogs are on the bottom of the food chain and
they have a very short life span. The average lifetime of a groundhog is
only one and a half years. So when you have groundhogs living in your
yard, you have to remember that it’s not “the one groundhog," as
many homeowners tend to say. And getting rid of "the one
groundhog” will not solve your problem.
The groundhog is an animal that hibernates through the winter.
Depending on the weather, they will come out of hibernation around
the middle of March. Roughly 35% percent of groundhogs that go
into hibernation do not make it through winter.
Groundhogs are herbivores (plant eaters) and are not generally
aggressive animals. However, they will defend themselves if a human
gets between them and their home. Groundhogs protect themselves
by running down into their burrow. If that hole is blocked by a
predator or unknowing person, the groundhog will produce a nasty
bite if they feel that is what's necessary. Homeowners should also be
wary of momma groundhogs. Like an good mother, the momma
groundhog will do whatever she needs to do to protect her babies.
Litters of 2 - 9 babies are born around the end of March or early April,
although they will not venture out of the den for up to 6 weeks.
On average, one groundhog will excavate approximately 700 pounds
of dirt in the creation of one den - and a single groundhog may have 4
or 5 dens spread over their territory! Over time and left to their own
devices, groundhogs will cause tremendous damage to yards and
household structures. They live under sheds, decks and their support
columns, freestanding garages, sidewalks, slabs (such as those that
hold air conditioning units), and along fence lines. They will undermine
these structures with their continuous burrowing and excavation of dirt.
At All Wildlife Removal Service we had one instance of a groundhog
burrowing up against the foundation of a house leaving such a bad
pitch that when it rained, water would enter the groundhog's hole and
leak down the basement walls!
In wintertime when groundhogs are inactive, their dens are attractive to
other nuisance for other ground-dwellers, such as skunks. It is
common for a skunk to enter a groundhog hole and make side-
tunnels, therefore causing a yard to have a dual occupancy of both
groundhogs and skunks.
Tunnels under grass can cause injury to both humans and animals such
as horses and cattle. Unfortunate injuries to animals often result in the
need to end their lives. Public areas such as college campuses and
school fields run the risk of entering a litigious situations if someone is
injured due to poor ground upkeep.
There are two ways to handle a groundhog problem. The first to
simply capture (trap and remove) the nuisance groundhogs that are
living under your structure. However, with a trapping/removal-only
program we will only provide a 3-day warranty against other animals
getting in because, as we mentioned before, a quiet groundhog den is
an attractive place for occupancy by many other animals including new
At All Wildlife Removal Service, we believe that setting traps alone is
not a sufficient solution. In fact, it is a waste of your money!! You will
not stop groundhogs from making your yard or garden their home. As
you get rid of one groundhog, another will just move in! (Similarly, if
you have a groundhog tunneling in your backyard that lives under
your neighbor's shed, having us come out to capture that animal is -
that's right - a waste of your money. As long as there is a den under
the neighbor's shed and direct access to that den, another animal will
come along to inhabit it.)
Which leads us to the second, and infinitely more effective, way to get
rid of groundogs living under your deck or shed. An exclusion on that
structure (in conjunction with a trapping and removal program) will
prevent future animals from gaining access. In an exclusion, a trench is
dug around the structure below the ground, then wire is attached to
the bottom of the structure and led down into the ground in an L-
fashion, so that the wire looks like a book laying on its side. The trench
is then back-filled, leaving your structure with a permanent barrier to
keep groundhogs, skunks, and other ground-dwelling animals out -
for good! In the case of a proper exclusion, we offer our full 1-year
written warranty against new animals gaining access under the structure.