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Affordable, Humane Groundhog Removal
We stop groundhog damage. Groundhogs most common form of damage is the burrows that they dig in your yard. Gardeners often complain about groundhogs destroying their lawns. Groundhogs are vegetarians and they can eat anything that is planted in the garden. They like to dig on loose soil so if you have just set up a new fence or planted a new tree, then expect them to dig near that area. If you’re growing carrots, beans, or peas then also expect them to eat most of your harvest. These animals dig large burrows that have large piles of dirt at the entrances. Farmers despise groundhogs because they can completely destroy a whole batch of zucchini and pepper harvests by taking one small bite from every single one of the crops. Sometimes they burrow underneath a garage or other structure and can cause your floor to sink and crack. These small sinkholes can be dangerous and can cost your home or business quite a lot if left unchecked. We remove groundhogs humanely with live cage traps. We are experts in groundhog trapping.
Groundhog and Woodchuck are two names for the same animal. Both describe the Common North American marmot “marmota momax”. These animals are related to squirrels and they are recognized as the largest member amongst all squirrel-related animals. They gather and eat lots and lots of food during the summer so they can store enough energy and fat that will provide them with energy all throughout the winter season. When the first sign of winter arrives, they will immediately run inside their burrows where they will lie dormant until the arrival of spring. During this time, the groundhog’s body temperature significantly drops, their heart rate slows down, and they start living off of their body fat. Groundhogs are one of the few animals that undergo “true” hibernation. True hibernators are almost impossible to wake up. Their heart rate goes from the normal 80 beats per minute down to about 4 or 5 beats per minute. Like most rodents, groundhogs have incisor teeth that never stops growing, however, once they enter hibernation mode, the continuous growth actually stops. Scientists still have many unanswered questions regarding the animals that undergo deep hibernation. The groundhog is large and stocky and can weigh between 5 and 13 pounds. Their average length can range from 17.75 inches (45 centimetres) to 24 inches (61 centimetres) from head to the tip of their bodies. Their tails can range from 7 inches (18 centimetres) to 9.75 inches (25 centimetres) long. The groundhog hibernates and is a vegetarian that eats mostly green vegetables including most garden crops, fruit, twigs and even bark on occasions. They are usually a shy animal and if they sense danger their first line of defense is to run for their burrow. If they can’t make it to their burrow they are capable of climbing trees. Groundhogs will also climb trees whenever they see food or any other stuff that piques their interest. They are sometimes spotted eating from squirrel feeders that are left hanging from high branches, so don’t be surprised if your squirrel feeder is empty even if you don’t see any squirrels running around.
The groundhog’s most common predators include bears, foxes, wolves, coyotes, eagles, cougars, and bobcats. When outside their burrows, they are either searching for food or looking out for predators. It is pretty common to see these animals standing on its two hind legs, seemingly motionless. This stance may be similar to what Meerkats do when looking out for predators. Once they spot one, they will emit this short and high-pitched whistle to warn other nearby groundhogs.
Groundhogs are great swimmers too, although they only do it when it is absolutely necessary. So don’t expect to find them swimming around rivers and streams just like beavers do.
In America, the second day of February is considered as Groundhog Day. There is a common superstitious belief that if a groundhog sees its own shadow on that certain day, the winter season will be extended for six weeks more.
During the spring season, adult female groundhogs give birth to new sets of litters which they will nurse and take care of for a few months. Once the litter learns to take care of itself, they will eventually set off on their own. Unlike other animals, groundhogs are considered as “loner” animals because they rarely live together in groups. They spend most of their time alone and will only look for their partners during the mating season. After that, the two groundhogs will eventually part ways and continue living on their own.
Groundhogs have lots of different nicknames including “land beavers” and “whistle pigs”. Their most common nickname is “woodchuck”, however this can lead to misconceptions as the animal does not really chuck any wood. This nickname may have originated from the words “woodshaw”, “wejack”, or “woodchoock”. The words are of Native American origin.
Groundhog burrows become homes for all sorts of other kinds of animals including skunks. Sometimes foxes or coyotes will enlarge a groundhog den and use it as well. Groundhogs are wild animals and afraid of people as a rule. If you encounter a groundhog that shows no fear of people he is probably sick and should be dealt with carefully. Groundhogs can carry various types of parasites and diseases. Pets that come in contact with the animal can catch roundworms especially if they consumed their feces. Although it is very rare, groundhogs can still be carriers of the deadly rabies disease.
Stay away and get rid of groundhogs today. We are experienced and can safely remove the sick groundhog. Call us now!