Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks and whistle-pigs) might be among the most notorious wildlife pests—having gotten their fair share of screen time in classic comedies—but the damage they do in real life is anything but funny.
Gardens and perfectly manicured yards are no match for these cute-but-destructive little creatures. With their impressive tunneling skills, they’ll beeline underground towards the tastiest and coziest sections of your yard, compromising crops, pools, sidewalks, and even building foundations as they go.
There are several different strategies for removing and deterring groundhogs, but trust us when we say the headache-free option is to call the professionals. We’ll make quick, humane work of the groundhogs on your property while saving the critters and your property alike from harm.
Did you know that groundhog burrows can reach up to 66 feet in length? If that’s not impressive enough, here’s another fun fact: their sizable underground homes often include several levels and separate rooms! Groundhogs will typically create individual spaces for raising their babies (i.e. kits), sleeping, and hibernating.
We can appreciate their determination when it comes to creating a homey den—as do other wildlife, who are known to take advantage of an empty groundhog home when they come across one. But the roomier their burrow, the greater the risk they pose to nearby structures.
Luckily for home and business owners, if you spot a single groundhog on your property, it’s likely that’s all there is. The lone wolves of wildlife pests, the groundhog lives mostly solitary.
Even after they have kits, they’re quick to wean their offspring and go their separate ways. As long as they’re moved out of your property before mating season, the removal process will likely be a one-and-done job.
Groundhogs are particularly heavy sleepers during hibernation season. Once they’ve taken up refuge underground in the winter, the chances of moving them out are slim. Thankfully, that also means they’re largely inactive—and not causing any additional structural damage to your property.
But when New England begins to thaw at the start of spring, give us a call. Our licensed wildlife professionals will move your uninvited visitors out ahead of mating season—before you have not one, but many groundhogs on your hands!
Groundhogs work hard to make their house a home—and in case they don’t give up their burrow easily, we’re always just a call away if they return. Our service warranty guarantees that we see your pests out for good. We’ll return, free of charge, until your yard is groundhog free.