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The Need for Groundhog Traps
Groundhogs have an endearing appearance, but their habits can create plenty of problems for property owners.
Equipped with long, curved claws, groundhogs are able to dig deep underground. Burrows can be five feet below the soil and branch into 45 feet of tunnels. This behavior tears up yards and creates dangerous terrain for people and pets. In addition, groundhogs have a hefty appetite for grasses and vegetables.
Halting Groundhog Damage
When the pests make their way into yards, residents may employ groundhog traps. Humane live traps can be effective if set correctly, though there are several factors to consider:
- Traps should be placed near burrow entrances or where damage is most obvious.
- Cover traps with grass or dark canvas to make them more inviting to groundhogs.
- Baiting traps with lettuce, peas, or apple slices can entice the pests to enter.
Though groundhog traps may help, capturing the pests leads to other issues. Trapped animals must be removed, though simply releasing them elsewhere relocates rather than solves the problem. Additionally, catching diseased pests could expose people to rabies. Body-grip traps are also available, though their set-up can be complicated and still requires trappers to handle pest remains.
When groundhog traps fail or present homeowners with more problems, residents can trust the professionals at Trutech. These experts have the training and experience needed to assist in prevention and removal.