13 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Groundhogs

Groundhogs Repellent Home Remedies
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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.

Home Remedies to get rid of groundhogsGroundhogs Repellent Home Remedies

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.

5. Mud

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.

6. Garlic

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.

7. Fencing

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.

10. Pepper

You can use hot pepper spray for chucking out the groundhogs from your backyard.

11. Fumigation

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.


  1. We have had a groundhog problem for a couple of years now. They come and eat everything in our garden. Fencing is nothing as they climb fences easily. We tried all sorts of fences, and nothing stops them. Having a dog doesn’t help either. Dog’s smell, urine and poop, as well as dog’s barking doesn’t seem to bother them a tiny bit. They just come when the dog is inside. Havahart trap is the only thing that worked for us, but groundhogs are pretty smart and not easily trapped. We will try the sudsy ammonia idea today, as well as applying fox and human urine around plants and throughout garden. Hopefully, the combination of those two approaches would produce some result.

    • I am going to try the sudsy ammonia and moth balls for awhile—–I have an inside cat that uses a litter box—-I coud muddy that up perhaps and poor it down the hole….(they are under my porch!) May also try human hair from my barber and garlic. My issue is there is mom, pop, and 2 babies—–may have to get a 22 as the next gentleman suggests, but have to wait around for them.

      • I am on the outskirts of philly pa, 4 groundhogs under my shed . Tried the trap ,didn’t work, ammonia didn’t work. mothballs didn’t work, wasn’t to keen on pissing in a bottle 4 or 5 times to spread that around the area. Next best thing, took me 3 days and got all 4, 22cal. long rifle, 1 at a time. Been 2 weeks no sign of any

  2. My daughters dog (an Australian sheep dog) has killed three of the groundhogs. I think that is what he is breed to do. Have also tried mothballs – they just threw them out of the holes. We put them back, they threw them out again. Tried ammonia and that didn’t seem to work. I’m going to agree with Mark. That is the only thing that seems to be permanent.

  3. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but may try the ammonia routine, but CAREFULLY add some bleach also, creating POISONOUS chlorine gas. May also “pump” it through the tunnel system with a leaf blower (the hog’s not near the house.) The .22 is probably the most effective, though, if you’ve got the patience…and no close neighbors.Larry


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