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What are woodchucks?

Woodchucks, commonly referred to as groundhogs, are a type of lowland rodent. They can become quite destructive to properties as they feed on vegetable gardens, lawns, plants and other landscaping. They can also cause extensive damage to lawns and foundation as they burrow underneath them.

What do they look like?

Woodchucks look very similar to a beaver except without a tail. Woodchucks have a dense gray undercoat with a long, light brown coat of guard hairs on top. They are built for digging with short powerful limbs, strong claws, and a short, stubby tail. Woodchucks are about the size of a large house cat, weighing somewhere between 13 and 15 pounds.

Do woodchucks bite?

Woodchucks have the ability to bite and scratch if they are cornered or threatened. They are generally docile creatures and rarely, if ever, bite.

Are woodchucks dangerous?

Woodchucks are not considered dangerous to people. Woodchucks can cause a lot of costly damage to lawns, gardens, fences, and foundations. They can also get into and destroy engine compartments and chew through electrical wires.

What are the signs of a woodchuck infestation?

The most telltale sign that woodchucks are on your property is mounds of soil where they are creating their burrows, either in your lawn or under your home, sheds, or decks. You will also see damage to your gardens and landscaping from where they are feeding on them.

Why do I have a woodchuck problem?

Woodchucks are drawn to properties that have easy access to food and water sources. They are also on properties creating burrowing and nesting areas.

How do I get rid of woodchucks?

Getting rid of woodchucks from your property can be a difficult task and not one that should be attempted without the help of a professional. A trained wildlife removal expert should be contacted to humanely remove them from your property. If you are wondering how to get rid of woodchucks, contact the pros at Big Blue today to discuss our wildlife removal options!

Woodchuck prevention tips from Big Blue Bug Solutions

Preventing woodchucks from choosing your property is a difficult task, however, exclusion is the best way to prevent a woodchuck infestation. Make sure that any fencing used to keep woodchucks out is buried at least 18 inches under the ground.

 

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