Discouraging woodchucks (aka groundhogs)
Category: Family and Home > Gardening
Asked by: hydrangea20-ga
List Price: $15.00
11 Aug 2006 07:19 PDT
Expires: 10 Sep 2006 07:19 PDT
Question ID: 755014
Two groundhogs have taken up residence under my garden shed. They're eating my perennials and my neighbor's vegetables. I don't want to kill them -- I'd be happy if they just relocated to nearby parkland/forest. I can't trap and move them myself because in Virginia, it is illegal to trap animals to relocate them unless they have been declared nuisances by the state. So far I've tried: 1. Wood lattice between the bottom of the shed and the ground. That hasn't helped -- they dig right under it. 2. Filling in the tunnels. This is only a momentary fix -- they promptly dig new tunnels -- from as far as two feet out. 3. Red pepper. It seems to keep them from eating specific plants, but has to be reapplied frequently and doesn't keep them away from the shed. I'd like proven solutions (other than 1-3 above) to getting the woodchucks to move on.
Re: Discouraging woodchucks (aka groundhogs)
Answered By: belindalevez-ga on 12 Aug 2006 04:52 PDT
<The Humane Society recommends a combination of harrassment and fencing to discourage woodchucks. Fencing out woodchucks A fence needs to be at least 4 foot high and to be installed up to 12 inches under the ground with a mesh size smaller than 2 by 2 inches. An electified wire is recommended to stop them scaling the fence. Harassment. It is possible to encourage the woodchucks to relocate using activity that makes feel less safe in their current location. During late June or early July walk close to the burrows between 10am and 4pm. Walking in the area with a leashed dog is likely to evoke a stronger ?predator? response. Keep vegetation near the burrows to a low level as they prefer to forage near tall grasses and other cover. Place soiled cat litter at the entrance of the burrows. To find out if they have moved on, place hay across the entrance to a burrow. It it has not been disturbed for a few days, you can assume that they have moved elsewhere. Excavate the burrows and bury a 3 square foot heavy-gauge welded wire about 1 foot deep around the burrow entrance. Reapply cat litter if you notice new digging activity. For questions or additional wildlife damage control techniques you can call the Wildlife Section of the HSUS at 202-452-1100 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Source: The Humane Society http://www.hsus.org/wildlife/issues_facing_wildlife/humanely_reducing_agricultural_damage_by_wildlife/humanely_reducing_agricultural_wildlife_damage_woodchucks.html The Humane Society also recommends using objects that will blow around in the wind, such as beach balls, party balloons, or reflective Mylar tape. Another solution is to place a one-way door at the main entrance to the burrow. This lets the groundhog safely exit but not return. http://www.hsus.org/humane_living/living_in_harmony_with_animals/groundhogs_gardens.html A posting on this forum confirms that the cat litter solution worked. Source: Fiascofarms.com http://www.fiascofarms.com/cgi-bin/rpgboard/viewer.cgi/gardening/3D12376200000001C.shtml> <Search strategy :> <humane society woodchucks control> <://www.google.com/search?hl=nl&rls=GGLG%2CGGLG%3A2006-26%2CGGLG%3Aen&q=humane+society+woodchucks+control&lr=> <woodchucks deterring> <://www.google.com/search?hl=nl&rls=GGLG%2CGGLG%3A2006-26%2CGGLG%3Aen&q=woodchucks+deterring&lr=> <Hope this helps.>
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Thank you. I will try these solutions until I find something that works.
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