Compact and powerful, groundhogs are burrowing animals with sharp claws for digging. They create extensive tunnels throughout yards, ruining expensive landscaping and creating tripping hazards. In addition to property damage, the pests can spread diseases, such as rabies. Groundhog diseases may be transmitted to humans or pets through bites. Rabies is a serious condition that, while more common in pets and wildlife, can still cause serious health problems and even be deadly for humans if not promptly treated.
Parasites and Groundhogs
Groundhog diseases can also be transmitted indirectly through parasites found in the pests’ fur. For example, the aptly named groundhog tick is able to attach to pets, especially dogs who are fond of chasing groundhogs, and may eventually infect people. Groundhog ticks transmit Powassan disease, symptoms of which include fever, headache, and vomiting. The pests may also carry American dog ticks, which are major carriers of Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Prevention & Exclusion
Sharp senses, extensive burrow systems, and strong climbing skills make groundhogs difficult to remove from properties. Although the pests are not considered a significant source of infectious disease, DIY removal still puts people at risk of contracting groundhog diseases. Additionally, contact with the pests may result in the transfer of parasites. For safe and humane removal of groundhogs, call the professionals at Trutech.