Belonging to the squirrel family, these large rodents inhabit most of Missouri. Famous for creating many underground burrows that end up becoming homes for other semisubterranean animals, these creatures are expert diggers; their digging provides very important ecological services. However, when this digging occurs in unfortunate places, problems arise. If woodchucks are causing problems in your area, don't hesitate to call Critter Control of Southwest Missouri. Our expert technicians are standing by.
Groundhog Removal in SW Missouri
During the spring, summer, and early fall when groundhogs are active, they tend to stay within 150 feet of their burrows. Their limited range and herbivorous diet leave woodchucks with no reason to enter human homes. However, their feeding habits do lead them into yards and crop fields in search of grasses, vegetables, and other tasty plants. Groundhogs may dig burrows near houses, roads, and walls, as they like to place the entrances to their dens at the base of solid objects.
Groundhog attacks against humans are incredibly rare and must be treated as an indication of rabies. For the most part, groundhog damage is limited to properties like farms, orchards, gardens, and lawns. The rodents are responsible for significant damage to your property, including:
- Loss of crops, such as soybeans, peas, carrots, lettuce, alfalfa, apples, and flowers
- Burrowing activities wreak havoc on building foundations, roads, driveways, lawns, and embankments
- Farm equipment and livestock can also become damaged or injured by hidden burrow holes
Wire mesh fences can be used to effectively keep groundhogs away from gardens and lawns. Fences should be buried at least a foot underground and have outward-facing overhangs at the top to prevent the animals from burrowing underneath or climbing over. In some cases, it may become necessary to run the electrified wire around the perimeter of fences.
Groundhog Trapping & Removal
Since groundhog burrows have multiple entrances and exits, traps should only be set by trained professionals. Although woodchucks do not actively attack humans, they may scratch or bite when cornered or threatened, and residents should never attempt to handle the animals. Critter Control of SW Missouri wildlife experts are trained to safely deal with nuisance groundhogs and fully equipped to handle trapping, removal, and control operations within the confines of the law.
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