Hi guys...im having a problem with this groundhog that likes to live under
my house during the winter.. I moved here (pennsylvania) last may and he was
already settled in and all.. He even pooped a few times on my sidewalk i
guess to let me know that this is his home..lol
The problem is he has atleast one underground tunnel from the front side of
my house to the back side of the house...And im worried he may have made
even more tunnels under there... My biggest worry is a foundation collapse
of some sort... I've been reading extensively today about groundhogs and it
says that they have been known to cause foundation problems..if they do
infact have tunnels under the house.. He has atleast 5 other holes around
the yard.. An active groundhog indeed.. Seems like a cool animal and all and
i'd feel bad to kick him out of his habitat... But i gotta prevent him from
living underneath the house... I tried covering the holes with dirt several
times..and he just digs it back out..
Any info on how to either get arid of him...or just prevent him from hanging
under the house would be great..
Well there are several ways. Groundhogs do not like dogs or electric
fences. I've tried to trap them without success (I used an apple
slice as bait in a Hav-A-Hart trap and only trapped possums). You
could use chicken wire to him from digging out the hole again after
filling up the hole. Groundhogs can be very destructive to gardens.
You could try screaming at him. I noticed a smell from a staircase that was
in the house but the underside was in the garage. Turned out that a possum
was raising a family there. I went and screamed a few minutes at her. She
looked at me like I was an idiot but moved out the next day. Cleaned it out
and no sign of possom dung at all. They do smell though.
I hope you are joking !!!!
Especially possums, I will tolerate most wildlife, and try not to hurt
them, but possums are nasty creatures. The last one that snarled at
me, got to meet it's maker real fast. The only critters I will kill
are those with long naked tails (rats, mice, possums).
I had a rat digging under the wall in my barn. I'd fill the hole with
dirt, and the next day it would be dug out again. I tried filling it
with horse manure, the next day it was dug out again. I wanted to
shoot it, but it never showed it's face when I was around. I finally
got a bag of ready mix concrete. I filled the hole with concrete, and
the hole was never dug out again.
No joke and I have a second true possum story.
2 stray cats used to hang around my house. I bought a couple of houses for
them to sleep in and left them on my large front porch. One day it is
raining like mad and the cats are in the garage instead of on the porch in
one of their houses. I think, how stupid is this. I go in the rain to the
porch to grab the houses to move them into the garage. Pick one up and it
is a bit heavy. Look inside and there is an angry possum staring at my
face, nose to nose. I gently put it back down and let him go back to sleep.
Actually I have a 3rd story of finding one sleeping curled up on an old
blanket in a wheelbarrel in my garage where one of the cats usually sleep.
Good Grief, I think I would have freaked.
I had one of those things under my porch last winter, and when I was
going in the house it ran across the porch and came close to getting
in the house. I slammed the door, and was face to face to that
possum. I grabbed a snow shovel, ended up putting a big dent on my
porch floor trying to knock it out. The possum jumped off the porch
and ran into an empty pail that was laying next to the porch. I
grabbed a few shovels of snow and covered the entrance to the pail,
trapping the possum. Then I must have shoveled half my lawn, because
I ended up with a 5 foot high pile of well packed snow on top of the
pail. When the snow melted in sping, there was a dead possum in the
I have figured out they eat cat food. I have coons eat right with my
barn cats. I dont mind the coons, just chase them away, but possums
are nasty and I dont want them around.
On Sun, 02 May 2004 22:41:48 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@SPAMFREE.com wrote:
The possums are pretty grotesque, but they eat a lot of disgusting
stuff that otherwise only our dogs would eat, so overall, possums
are good. I don't even mind the skunks that cruise our birdfeeders
at night. But I've never been sprayed, so ....
Groundhogs are another story. Way too destructive. I recommend
using a small bore shotgun on them, 20 gauge is fine. Shotgun
pellets lose their oomph after a hundred yards or so, and won't
richochet around the neighborhood and though your neighbors
like 22 caliber projectiles
I use a .22 myself, but maybe you don't live in the country. You can get a
live trap and trap him, but then what? It depends on your local ordinances.
For instance, where I live I can shoot the sucker but I can't legally take
him 15 miles away and release him in the state forest, though I have done
that. If you do elect to relocate him once you have him, it has to be a
goodly distance--they can find their way home.
Start by calling your local animal control officer and see what your legal
options are, and then decide.
thanks everybody..alot of helpful suggestions...
well, i just got my havahart trap and am in the process of putting it
outside now... It says they like bananas, lettuce and apples... the only
thing i have home now are bananas...so im gonna try that now... Im guessing
it probably wont work...but its worth a try.. Another thing i thought of
is... I will most likely not catch him...but probably another animal like a
possum, racoon, small cat. squirrel or something like that first... and with
all that rattling going on.. the groundhog will instantly know that cage is
Bad....Danger... So i feel like....if i dont catch him on the first try...im
If that doesnt work...im prolly gonna do like Rkelly said... Filling the
holes with concrete.. I would like to shoot it to get arid of it..but i'll
probably feel bad after..lol Afterall, he's just trying to live a life like
the rest of us..
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