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Defending Your Augusta Yard: A Comprehensive Guide To Woodchuck Prevention

woodchuck in yard

Pest control in Augusta doesn’t need to be complicated, and with this guide, you can educate yourself on how woodchucks can be kept away from your backyard. 

Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, may look kind of cuddly, but really, they’re large rodents that go out looking for sources of food, water, and shelter. If they find these things in your yard, they’ll probably want to stay nearby for as long as they can and will continue to damage your plants. 

But you don’t have to put up with any of this. There are steps you can take to prevent woodchucks from devastating your yard and garden. Join us for a comprehensive guide to woodchuck prevention. 

Identifying Woodchuck Encounters: Signs Of Activity On Your Property

Wildlife and pest control go hand in hand. Whether it’s an insect or an animal, pests come in all shapes and sizes. And woodchucks can be an especially frustrating pest to have near your home. 

But how can you tell whether woodchucks are the problem or if it’s another kind of pest? There are telltale signs of a woodchuck presence in your area. These are the clues pointing to a major pest problem. 

Remember that woodchucks like to tunnel underground. Not only should you look for tunnel entrances and exits in your yard, but you can also look for lumps in your yard that represent the tunnels themselves. Tunnels can also cause the foundations of sheds to sink. 

Of course, woodchucks are looking for food, so look for damage to fruit, vegetables, and other garden plants. You might also see stretch marks on tree trunks or broken branches that don’t have a clear explanation.  

The Woodchuck Menace: Understanding The Impact On Your Yard

We’ve already touched on the kinds of damage that woodchucks can cause, and most of that damage will be suffered by your plants. As far as woodchucks are concerned, garden fruits and vegetables are just free food waiting to be taken. 

That’s bad news for anyone who painstakingly grows veggies in their backyard, and it’s also bad news for anyone who just happens to own a fruit tree of some kind. Trust us, woodchucks can wreak havoc on your backyard and your plants. 

Once again, local wildlife removal services can help you avoid these problems by addressing the root of the issue, locating dens, and safely removing woodchucks from your yard.  

Woodchuck-Proofing Your Garden: Strategies To Protect Your Plants

According to wildlife experts, there are some key steps you can take to protect your backyard and garden from woodchucks: 

  • Establish fences around your yard and specifically around garden plants. Fences should be at least three feet tall. 
  • Scatter Epsom salt near your garden. 
  • Trim tall grass, shrubs, and other tall plants that can give woodchucks cover. 
  • Create a deterrent that will scare off woodchucks, such as a beach ball hung from a rope that will move when it’s windy. 
  • If you have a fruit tree, remove the dropped fruit right away. 
  • Harvest garden plants as soon as they’ve matured. 

These aren’t difficult steps, but they can go a long way toward keeping the woodchucks away. 

Professional Woodchuck Removal: Benefits Of Expert Wildlife Services

Professional wildlife control services in Augusta can make short work of woodchuck removal. Besides being much larger than insect pests, woodchucks are also protected in multiple U.S. states, and in general, safe removal is always preferred over extermination. 

A pest control company that offers woodchuck removal will know exactly how to locate woodchuck dens and clear these dens out quickly and efficiently. We can also make recommendations for keeping your yard safe from woodchucks in the future. 

Reach out to us today at Big Blue Bug Solutions for help with woodchucks and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Augusta.