As kids, it was fun to watch the groundhog find his shadow on groundhog’s day. Somehow, it’s not as entertaining to see one tunneling through your yard. These frustrating creatures cause damage, make noise and manage to eat your garden plants. If anything’s pesky, it’s a groundhog on your property. Here at Fox, we want you to feel comfortable and safe in your home and yard.
You might already know for sure that you have a groundhog problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of groundhog problem in Rhode Island.
A deep hole somewhere on your property is one of the first signs of groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) in your area. Many active tunnels will include piles of dirt near the entrance.
Groundhogs will eat virtually any plant, so you may see chew and gnaw marks on trees, crops, and even decorative plants.
Since groundhogs are rodents, their teeth never stop growing. This gives them the strong urge to gnaw on anything they can to wear down their incisors, from low tree branches to sprinkler pipes or electrical wires. In extreme cases, groundhogs can tunnel into a home foundation and widen cracks.
Think you have a groundhog problem? Call Fox Pest Control for a free groundhog control quote.
Schedule prompt service with one of our certified Pest Pro technicians.
Your Pest Pro will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized groundhog treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.
You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain groundhog free.
We come back regularly throughout the year to ensure the Groundhogs don’t come back. If you see any groundhog activity between your regularly scheduled service, simply give us a call. We’ll come back for free!
The short answer is no, although in rare cases groundhogs can get rabies. They can also cause a lot of property damage.
Entry holes are 6-12 inches wide
A large mound of dirt near each entrance.
The holes are usually close to their favorite plants. You may see burrow entrances or tunnel tracks near your garden or plant beds.
Spreading ticks and fleas
Spreading rabies (though rare)
Eating /digging up crops and gardens
Damaging home foundations or near retaining walls (in severe cases)
Structural problems to sheds
A woodchuck can grow to between 4-15 pounds.
Actually, they are the same thing! Woodchuck is another name for groundhog. Most likely, the word “woodchuck” is an adaptation of the Native American names for the animal: wuchak, or otchock. They are also called whistlepigs.
Size. Gophers grow to be about 1-2 pounds. Groundhogs typically grow to be around 13 pounds.
Shape. Groundhogs look like giant squirrels. Gophers might look like chubby squirrels or buck-toothed rats, depending on the species.
Food pouch. Pocket gophers have a pouch on the outside of their cheeks where they can store food, but groundhogs don’t have pouches in their cheeks.
Tails and feet. Pocket gopher tails are often hairless and they have pink feet, but groundhogs have hairy tails and dark brown or black feet.
Front Teeth. Gophers’ four front teeth are more noticeable than groundhogs’.
Hibernation. Gophers don’t hibernate, but groundhogs spend the winter hibernating in their burrow until spring.
Speciation. Gophers are more closely related to mice and rats, whereas a groundhog is actually a type of ground squirrel called a marmot.
A groundhog burrow can be as deep as 6 feet and cover 20-50 square feet.
Groundhogs eat plants, usually grass-type plants and vegetable gardens, herbs, alfalfa, and even weeds.
18-24 inches long
Weigh 4-15 pounds
Long hairy tail (about 7-9 inches)
Sharp claws used for digging
Groundhogs are members of the ground squirrel family, but they are more squarish and stockier than a typical ground squirrel.
Favorite groundhog food sources include starchy, high-carb, and fatty grains, vegetables, or fruits.
Favorite groundhog foods include:
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