Groundhogs

While cute to look at and historically famous for their role in predicting the length of winter, groundhogs are typically not welcome around homes and businesses in Texas. The reason is simple: these animals are considered a nuisance pest due to the extensive damage they’ create by feeding, burrowing, and digging through yards, gardens, and farms. To protect your home or business from groundhogs, first learn about these pests, their behaviors, steps for prevention, and contact Stellar Pest & Wildlife should an infestation occur.

What Are Groundhogs?

Often referred to as a woodchuck or whistle pig, groundhogs are rodents that are part of the Sciuridae family. The average size fully grown is 24 inches long and their weight can be as much as 14 pounds. These animals have little round heads with small round eyes and small ears located on the tops of their heads. They are classified as a nuisance pest and proactive groundhog treatment from a pest control expert is required to remove them from your home or business property.

How Did I Get Groundhogs?

Groundhogs are attracted to sweet fruits, lettuces, and other garden vegetables. If you’re growing these in mass as a farmer or in a small garden, you may find a need for a groundhog prevention plan. Additionally, groundhogs like to reside in transitional areas where open fields meet forests and woodlands. Living in an area like this will increase your chances of attracting some unwanted visitors.

How Do I Prevent Groundhogs?

To prevent groundhogs from invading your property, consulting with a pest control expert is your best option. Your other options are limited, as it’s very unlikely that you’ll move from the property or opt not to grow plants or trees that attract groundhogs. You’ll find many home remedies online, including things like pouring bleach on your property, using garlic or pepper, or even using essential oils. The problem is these methods are untested and can even prove dangerous to not only the health of your property but to the health of your pets and your family. Due to the nature of this nuisance pest, however, we highly recommend you seek the advice and help of the wildlife experts at Stellar Pest and Wildlife, who will know exactly how to keep groundhogs away after we get rid of groundhogs from your property.

How to Prepare for Our Visit

To prepare for a Stellar Pest and Wildlife’s Groundhog treatment of your home or business, you should gather the following information:

* A list of any places that you have seen groundhogs on your property

* Any holes on your property

* Any damage to your crops, gardens or fruit bearing trees

In order to prepare your home or business, you should:

* Box up or cover any outdoor furniture in areas that are going to be treated

* Keep all pets in your home

* Dispose of any sitting water such as in dishes, planting containers, gutters or other drainage.

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