Size: 45 cm
Groundhogs burrow into the ground with complex tunnels with many hollows and openings. They can cause tremendous damage to buildings if they burrow under the foundation. They are also known to carry ticks. It is advisable to seek professional help when dealing with groundhogs.
Ground Hog Habitat
Known as an “edge” species, groundhogs prefer transitional areas where forest or woodland meets a well-vegetated open field or meadow. Groundhogs spend most of their time underground in complex burrow systems, which they dig in dry, well-drained soil. Most of the time groundhogs dig their burrows in areas with nearby cover such as fencerows, hedgerows, beside structures, home foundations or trees.
Ground Hog Life Cycle
Their mating season starts in March and ends in April. Females can give birth to 2 to 6 young Groundhogs once a year. After the breeding season is over, the groundhogs hibernate with their children in burrows during the winter season. This helps them protect themselves and their children from the unbearable cold outside. Groundhogs can live for about 9 to 14 years depending on their conditions. In situations where they don’t find a suitable place to hibernate from the cold they perish.
Ground Hog Prevention
Groundhogs prefer burrowing in areas that provide ample cover; remove piles of debris, rocks and/or wood where groundhogs may take shelter. Trim back plants groundhogs may eat or use for cover. Remove any tree trunks or other sources of wood that groundhogs can gnaw or grind their teeth on. Use gravel to fill in any abandoned animal burrows.
Ground Hog Service Prep Guide
There are many things that should be done to prepare for a ground hog treatment. For the full list of ways to make your ground hog treatment successful, view our Ground Hog Service Preparation Guide.
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