While several “folk remedies” have been offered as a means to remove groundhogs from your yard (including simulating predator urine, using ultrasonic sound emitters, and dropping moth balls in their burrows), the only effective way to remove them is to trap them. Because this is often difficult to do by yourself, you can use the second link provided below to find wildlife removal services in your state.
First, make sure the critters in your yard are really groundhogs. Many people confuse groundhogs with gophers. Groundhogs don’t usually make those little mounds of dirt that accompany tunnel networks, while gophers do.
Now, to get rid of groundhogs, you can first try to make a fence out of chicken wire, with about a foot of the fence buried in the ground and two feet above the earth. You can also try non-lethal groundhog repellants, but most of these products do not have any scientific evidence to back up their claims. It is also possible to set humane traps, although you’ll want to make sure your scent doesn’t get on the traps (see the link below). Fumigation is an effective method (again, see the link), but if you’re at the point where you are considering fumigating groundhog dens, I suggest you contact a local wildlife authority or a pest control company.
One option to get rid of groundhogs from your garden is to use fencing, which is perhaps the most humane form of control. However, “this is probably not the most reliable strategy for those trigger-happy individuals who want their groundhogs gone now.”
Another option would be to use fumigation to get rid of groundhogs in your garden. Fumigation is the most common and effective method of groundhog control and is usually done with gas cartridges that produce carbon monoxide or with aluminum phosphide pellets. “Groundhog fumigation should apparently be done in the spring before the young leave the nest, and is most effective when moist soil is used to cover the burrows, sealing the gases in and leaving no means of escape for the groundhogs.”
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