The groundhog might be the squirrel’s larger and cuter cousin, but do not let them fool you. These rodents are nuisances that can cause serious damages to both homes and property if left to their own devices.
Cause structural damages.
Groundhogs live in underground dens that they dig themselves.
The underground burrows play a large role in the survival of the groundhogs. Not only do they provide groundhogs with protection from predators, the dens also provide the creatures with areas to breed and hibernate. Each den features large tunnels with multiple chambers for sleeping, feeding, caring for children, and excreting waste.
While these underground shelters benefit the groundhogs, they can be detrimental to humans. Dens can cause serious structural damages and other problems.
Groundhogs prefer to dig their burrows underneath stable structures, such as houses, sheds, decks, or patios. An average groundhog moves over 700 pounds of dirt when burrowing, which can weaken foundations. Groundhogs have also been known to chew through anything that might be in their way, including electrical wires, piping, and irrigation systems.
The den of a groundhog can be extremely extensive with up to five main entrances. All of these entrances are about a foot long in diameter, with piles of dirt surrounding the opening. If you are not careful or not looking where you are walking, you might step into a den entrance and injury yourself.
Groundhogs are smart creatures, which means they will commonly burrow near fences and fields. By creating an entrance nearby, the groundhog will have access to any and all plants on your property at any time.
This includes vegetable or fruit gardens, leaves, flowers, and other vegetation. Rather than stealing entire pieces of food, a groundhog will instead steal individual bites from several pieces and ruin the entire garden’s worth of food.
Uproot trees and fences.
In addition to accessing food, groundhogs also burrow near recently dug fences given the soft ground below. Groundhogs need to move a massive amount of dirt in order to create their dens – the easier it is to move the dirt, the easier they can construct the den in half the amount of time. This can weaken or ruin your new, costly fences.
This is also true for newly planted trees. The ground underneath the tree will be soft and allow for easy digging. But this can quickly kill new trees by weakening roots.
Have A Groundhog Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control
If you think you have a groundhog problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.