Are you worried seeing big burrows, marks of claws on fruit trees and ripped plantations in your garden or yard? The reason behind all this chaos can be the groundhog. Groundhogs (woodchucks) nibble vegetables and green plants of your garden and turn months of your hard work into crap. Groundhogs can be easily identified by their distinctive features like brown color, curved claws, furry body, and bushy tail. They are a look-alike of squirrels, but somewhat big in size. These garden intruders are most active during morning and afternoon. They dig approx one foot wide and deep pits making your garden look awful. Here are some of the best natural home remedies to get rid of groundhogs.
1. Sudsy Ammonia
On a sunny day, take 2½ cups of sudsy ammonia and pour it in the burrow created by groundhogs. Groundhogs will come out of the hole. If they continue to reside there, then repeat the process after one day.
- Alternatively, if sudsy ammonia isn’t available, you can mix a quarter glass of water, 2 spoons of detergent and 2 cups of regular ammonia, and pour it in the hole.
Note – Wear gloves while using this remedy.
2. Havahart Trap
Groundhogs get easily attracted to lettuce leaves and fruits such as apples, which help trap these rodents effortlessly. Put a piece of the mentioned food items in a havahart and keep it at a distance from the burrow. Wait for a while until the groundhog is trapped.
Note: In some parts, it may be illegal to do the activity. Hence, it is advised to check the local laws first.
3. Eliminates the Attractants
As prevention is better than cure, so remove things like fallen trees, rock piles and woodpiles from your garden. Bushes and small plants also attract the groundhogs; therefore, cut them from time to time.
4. Get a Dog
Taming a dog is one of the easiest ways to get rid of groundhogs. As groundhogs are scared of the dogs, they will not enter your territory. A lot of peeing and barking will force them to leave the habitat due to irritation.
It is another good groundhogs deterrent home remedy. All you have to do is refill the burrow with mud again and again. It may be a tiring and slow process, but, in the end, the woodchuck will get exhausted and leave the area.
Woodchuck gets irritated by weird and pungent smell, and this leads them to vacant the burrow. Crush some garlic cloves and spread the paste on the affected area.
- Alternatively, you can sprinkle some garlic powder on the area.
Fencing can protect your garden from further trespassing of groundhogs. Once these rodents depart your garden, secure it by fencing, so that they do not come back.
8. Plant a Food Source Outside
Planting some of their favorite food source plants outside or in a separate area will help you get rid of them easily. They’ll be attracted towards those and will not damage your garden.
9. Talcum Powder
Sprinkle talcum powder on the boundary of the garden and in the holes of the groundhogs, to get rid of them.
You can use hot pepper spray for chucking out the groundhogs from your backyard.
Fumigation is another best anti-rodent remedy. It is performed with the help of a gas cartridge usually filled up with carbon monoxide. Try this on the burrow where they hide themselves, but in the summer seasons.
Note: It may be illegal in some states, so check your local laws first.
12. Human Hair
Groundhogs are more likely to hate the smell of humans. It is one of the easiest ways to get rid of groundhogs. Take some human hair and sprinkle them around your garden. They will get irritated with the smell and leave the place in a day or two.
13. Cat Litter
Put used clay cat litter into the hole of the groundhog. Make it muddy by adding water. Cover it with dirt and sticks.
- Check with the local laws first before using any of the mentioned remedies.
- Find out the favorite food of the groundhogs and use them as bait.
- Do regular cleaning and maintenance of the lawn.
- After catching the groundhog, do not kill it, instead leave it on the outskirts of the town or far away.