16 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Groundhogs

Groundhogs Repellent Home Remedies
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Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are rodents that are widespread across the northern states and Canada. They dig burrows to raise their young and, like moles and gophers will quickly destroy a beautiful lawn. Groundhogs, however, are more like rabbits when it comes to their appetite and will eat every almost plant in your yard or garden, leaving nothing behind. Groundhogs can be easily identified by their distinctive features: brown fur, with curved claws, and bushy tail – they look like overgrown squirrels. If you have a groundhog infestation, these pests are a real problem. However, if you want to know how to get rid of groundhogs, then we’ve got you covered. Our natural home remedies for groundhogs will clear your garden or yard of these pests for good.

Home Remedies to get rid of groundhogsHow to get rid of Groundhogs

1. Sudsy Ammonia

ammoniaAmmonia is a fantastic home remedy to get rid of groundhogs.

On a sunny day, take 2½ cups of sudsy ammonia and pour it into the groundhog burrow. The fumes will force the groundhogs out of their lair.

If they continue to stay hidden, then repeat the process the next 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

Havahart TrapGroundhogs are attracted to lettuce leaves and fruits such as apples. The fruit and soft veg can be used as bait.

Put a piece of the aforementioned food items in a Havahart trap and keep it at a distance from the burrow. Soon you will have a trapped groundhog.

Note:  In some states, it may be illegal to trap animals this way. Hence, it is advised to check the local laws first.

3. Remove clutter

clutterAs prevention is better than cure, remove clutter such as fallen trees, rock piles and woodpiles from your garden.

Bushes and small plants also attract groundhogs; therefore, trim your bushes, especially near the ground. This will remove the potential cover for the groundhog to hide.

4. Get a Dog

pet dogOwning a dog is one of the easiest ways to get rid of groundhogs. Groundhogs are terrified of dogs for good reason.

Dogs will sniff out and attack these rodents. Keeping a dog in the yard or garden will deter the groundhog from ever entering your property.

When clearing up dog mess, dispose of the poop in the groundhog’s burrow.

5. Mud

mudMud is another good groundhog deterrent home remedy. Simple but effective.

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

garlicWoodchucks get irritated by weird and pungent smells. If the smells persist, they will vacate their burrows in search of fresher habitats.

Crush some garlic cloves and spread the paste over the affected area. Refresh the garlic on a daily basis and soon the groundhogs will leave.

  • Alternatively, you can sprinkle some garlic powder near the burrows.

7. Fencing

fenceYou can use fencing to keep groundhogs out of your yard and from burrowing.

To fence your yard,  make sure to bury the fence at least 5-6 inches into the ground and extend it at least 2-3 feet above the ground.

It is also important to add flashing at the bottom of the gates so that groundhogs do not enter from underneath.

Once these rodents leave your garden, secure it by fencing to prevent their return.

8. Plant a Food Source Outside

vegetablesSome people use the contradictory method of feeding the groundhogs to keep them away.

Building a feeder for groundhogs and providing food for them can keep them away from your vegetables.

While this is a very gentle way to get rid of groundhogs without killing them, it might not work for everyone.

Planting some of their favorite food sources outside your yard or in a separate area will often lead them elsewhere.

9. Talcum Powder

talcum powderTalcum powder is an irritant to groundhogs. The cannot bear its smell and will avoid areas that have been treated with the powder.

You can use talcum powder to get rid of groundhogs. Sprinkle the powder on the boundary of the garden and in the holes of the groundhogs.

10. Pepper

chilli pepperPuree and strain hot peppers and mix the paste with water. Add to a sprayer.

You can use this hot pepper spray to keep the groundhogs from your backyard.

Spray it in their burrows and around your prized vegetables. They won’t eat vegetables that have been sprayed with chili. For extra effect, add some garlic to your pepper spray.

11. Exhaust fumes or Fumigation

exhaustFumigation is another fantastic anti-rodent remedy. It is performed with the help of a gas cartridge usually filled up with carbon monoxide. Try this in the summer on the burrow if pungent smells such as ammonia or pepper spray do not work.

You can also hook your car exhaust to a hosepipe to smoke them out.

Note: It may be illegal in some states, so check your local laws first.

12. Human Hair

human hairGroundhogs hate the smell of humans. Using human hair is a simple but also one of the easiest ways to get rid of groundhogs.

Take some human hair and spread it around your garden, especially near the burrow entrances. They will be wary of the smell and soon leave.

Combining this approach with other pungent smells such as pepper or ammonia works best.

13. Cat Litter

catAs with dogs, groundhogs are terrified of cats. Cats will happily hunt groundhogs and groundhogs will not take up residence in a yard with a cat present.

However, all you need is the smell of a cat to get rid of groundhogs.

Put used clay cat litter into the hole of the groundhog. Make it muddy by adding water. Cover it with dirt and sticks.

14. Flooding


If you want to know how to get rid of groundhogs in the simplest, but most effective way, try flooding.

Pour several buckets of water into a groundhog burrow or you can also simply use a hose. It will not necessarily kill the pests, but it will force them to leave their burrows.

16. Sticky Repellents

axlegreaseGroundhogs will avoid coming into contact with any sticky materials as they like to keep their fur clean. Groundhogs and squirrels will go to great lengths to rid sticky products from their bodies.

Smear the grease around the entrances to their burrows. The groundhogs will soon leave.

You can use other sticky materials, but axle grease is impervious to wind, sunshine, and rain. One coating of axle grease can last over a year.


How to get rid of groundhogsDo’s

  • Check with the local laws first before using any of the mentioned remedies.
  • Find out the favorite food of the groundhogs and use it as bait.
  • Conduct regular mowing and maintenance of your 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

  4. My groundhogs are under our shed, have not seen the burrows but know that is where they are. Would like to get rid of them without a .22 this year, they just keep coming back, not sure which one of these would work best for me.

  5. I have tried most methods, after weeks of trying humane ways I came to same conclusion as Mark, only I use a 410.


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