What Do Groundhog Droppings Look Like?

Groundhogs, also called woodchucks, are members of the squirrel family often found burrowing in lawns. The pests create medium-sized, oval droppings that are typically dark brown or black. However, any animal feces found in the yard are unlikely to belong to groundhogs. These tidy pests actually dig special chambers for waste in their underground burrows. As a result, people often blame woodchucks for messes that were actually created by other tunneling pests. Skunks, prairie dogs, and badgers are all known to dig holes in yards as well as leave their droppings for homeowners to find.

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Problems Caused by Groundhog Droppings

Groundhog droppings can carry various diseases and have the potential to contaminate water supplies. People are sometimes concerned that touching groundhog droppings will give them rabies, however, rabies can only pass through an infected animal's saliva or nervous tissue. Being bitten or eating the meat of a rabid game animal are the most common ways that humans get infected. As a result, avoid woodchucks or any animal that seems to be acting strangely.

Removing Groundhogs

These animals only come out of their burrows to feed aboveground a few hours each day, another reason that finding groundhog droppings on lawns is so rare. Unfortunately, it also means they can be difficult pests to locate and remove. Trapping is time consuming with varied results, while fumigating tunnels isn't always safe near homes. Preventing the pests from entering yards is even harder, as fencing does very little to deter them. Homeowners with groundhog problems should contact the wildlife experts at Trutech for the best and safest results.