Lasting up to 2 weeks, the groundhogs should be long gone. You shouldn’t have to perform this task again unless the burrows return. This solution offers short term results which leaves you spending more and more money to keep the woodchucks away. Castor oil is a repellant that is used to deter groundhogs as well. It works like the eggs where you’d place about a spoon full of castor oil into the burrows and seal them with dirt. Once you have done this, place the mixture inside of a spray bottle. You can spray this mixture all around your garden and lawn to keep the woodchucks from nibbling on anything.
You should repeat this every 2-3 weeks for it to keep the woodchucks from coming back. The problem with this is that you have to keep dishing out the dough for a solution that is not guaranteed and offers no permanent results. Now you know that you’ve heard the old folks talking about a little sprinkle of pepper will send the woodchucks a running. Supposedly, you can use any type of pepper to repel the groundhogs. It can be Cheyenne pepper, chili pepper or red pepper. Just sprinkle a bit into the burrow holes and hide them with dirt.
If you want to treat your entire lawn, just mix 4 spoons of pepper and 2 cups of warm water together inside of a spray bottle. You can either repeat this step every 2-3 weeks or wait to find more burrows before reapplying it again. Although pepper is very inexpensive, if you have to buy extra pepper every 2-3 weeks for your lawn and your food, the money can certainly add up and who’s to say that the woodchucks won’t become immune and return anyway. Many people have tried using mesh fences that have openings no more than an inch wide. You would place posts around the perimeter of your yard or garden about 8-10 feet away from each other. Along the fence line, you should then dig a trench that is about 1 foot deep.
This should be done before you set the hardware. Now, take the wire and attach it to the posts but while still filling in the trench. This is supposed to keep the groundhogs from digging under the wire. This could be effective considering woodchucks can only dig about 5 feet deep, but you would need to pair this solution with trapping for it to guarantee the removal of the woodchucks. To really rid your yard of all of the veggie stealing animals, you would need to catch and remove them first, then place a fence around your yard to keep any others from getting in. When you set a trap, you must first locate the groundhog’s burrows and seal all of them off except one. This will force the woodchuck to use the available one to escape.
This is where you will set the trap. At the top of the trap door is a lock mechanism that has to be pushed up. After you have done this, push the bar that is U-shaped up against the door. Now, you can lift the door up and as you do the lock mechanism will be released. Place the trap 5 feet away from the woodchuck’s burrow with bait inside but behind the trap’s trip pan. You can use guide logs that will force the woodchuck to move towards the trap, but be sure to disguise with leaves and shrubs.
Once the woodchuck has attempted to remove the bait, the door will lock it securely inside. This is the only way to get rid of a woodchuck for good, because you can locate him to another area away from your property. 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with keeping away groundhogs. Groundhogs are a pest to most people. Like skunks and squirrels, they can be pretty bothersome and are part of the rodent family. They cater to the season and go into hibernation. They love to dig numerous burrows with their sharp claws and create extensive tunnels.
These claws can come in handy when they are fighting, which they are not afraid to do. If you are not ready to share your property with them and enjoy their chattering, you will have to work hard on keeping them away. There are some ways that you can keep groundhogs away from your property. What works for one may not work for another. You may want to try an ultrasonic device. These devices are said to release sound waves to deter them away. The sound waves can be so intolerable that it causes them to run away. If you do not have electricity outdoors, some may operate with battery power. It’s advisable that you place these devices near the burrows, because the waves may be short range.