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As kids, it was fun to watch the groundhog find his shadow on groundhog’s day. Somehow, it’s not as entertaining to see one tunneling through your yard. These frustrating creatures cause damage, make noise and manage to eat your garden plants. If anything’s pesky, it’s a groundhog on your property. Here at Fox, we want you to feel comfortable and safe in your home and yard.

Signs of a Groundhog Problem

You might already know for sure that you have a groundhog problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of groundhog problem in Boston Area. 

Tunnels Entrances

A deep hole somewhere on your property is one of the first signs of groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) in your area. Many active tunnels will include piles of dirt near the entrance.

Plant Damage

Groundhogs will eat virtually any plant, so you may see chew and gnaw marks on trees, crops, and even decorative plants.

Damaged Property

Since groundhogs are rodents, their teeth never stop growing. This gives them the strong urge to gnaw on anything they can to wear down their incisors, from low tree branches to sprinkler pipes or electrical wires. In extreme cases, groundhogs can tunnel into a home foundation and widen cracks.

Things You Need to Know About Groundhogs:

  • Depending on what region of the country you live in, groundhogs may be called woodchucks, whistle pigs or land beavers.
  • Groundhogs grow to be 18 to 24 inches long and can weigh anywhere between 4 to 15 pounds.
  • They have brownish fur and a long tail.
  • A member of the ground squirrel family, these stocky creatures can create burrows as deep as 6 feet that cover 20 to 50 total square feet. 
  • To identify a groundhog burrow, look for 6 to 12 inch holes with mounds of dirt near the entrance. These might be located near a plant the groundhog particularly likes.  
  • A groundhog’s burrow is so complex, it includes a bathroom chamber. 
  • They like starchy, high-carb, fatty grains, fruits and vegetables. 
  • Groundhogs hibernate in the winter and come out in the spring. 

Helpful Groundhog Prevention Tips:

  • Keep Yard Clear of dropped seeds, fruit and all plant clutter.
  • Harvest Winter Crops on Time Clear up fallen vegetation immediately after the harvest.
  • Remove Shelters Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home, garage or shed.
  • Groundhog Favorites Keep a close eye on the peas, corn alfalfa and other similar crops in your garden.

How Do I Get Rid Of Groundhogs?

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Your inspector will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized groundhog treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.


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Groundhog Control FAQ

Are groundhogs dangerous?

The short answer is no, although in rare cases groundhogs can get rabies. They can also cause a lot of property damage.

How do I identify a groundhog burrow?

Entry holes are 6-12 inches wide
A large mound of dirt near each entrance.
The holes are usually close to their favorite plants. You may see burrow entrances or tunnel tracks near your garden or plant beds.

What kind of damage can groundhogs cause?

Spreading ticks and fleas
Spreading rabies (though rare)
Destroying landscaping
Eating /digging up crops and gardens 
Damaging home foundations or near retaining walls (in severe cases)
Structural problems to sheds
Damage walkways

How big can woodchucks get?

A woodchuck can grow to between 4-15 pounds.

What is the difference between a groundhog and a woodchuck?

Actually, they are the same thing! Woodchuck is another name for groundhog. Most likely, the word “woodchuck” is an adaptation of the Native American names for the animal: wuchak, or otchock. They are also called whistlepigs.

What’s the difference between a gopher and a groundhog?

Size. Gophers grow to be about 1-2 pounds. Groundhogs typically grow to be around 13 pounds. 

Shape. Groundhogs look like giant squirrels. Gophers might look like chubby squirrels or buck-toothed rats, depending on the species.

Food pouch. Pocket gophers have a pouch on the outside of their cheeks where they can store food, but groundhogs don’t have pouches in their cheeks. 

Tails and feet. Pocket gopher tails are often hairless and they have pink feet, but groundhogs have hairy tails and dark brown or black feet. 

Front Teeth. Gophers’ four front teeth are more noticeable than groundhogs’. 

Hibernation. Gophers don’t hibernate, but groundhogs spend the winter hibernating in their burrow until spring.

Speciation. Gophers are more closely related to mice and rats, whereas a groundhog is actually a type of ground squirrel called a marmot.

How large are groundhog burrows?

A groundhog burrow can be as deep as 6 feet and cover 20-50 square feet. 

What do groundhogs eat?

Groundhogs eat plants, usually grass-type plants and vegetable gardens, herbs, alfalfa, and even weeds.

What do groundhogs look like?

18-24 inches long
Weigh 4-15 pounds
Brownish fur
Long hairy tail (about 7-9 inches)
Sharp claws used for digging

What is a groundhog?

Groundhogs are members of the ground squirrel family, but they are more squarish and stockier than a typical ground squirrel.

What do groundhogs eat?

Favorite groundhog food sources include starchy, high-carb, and fatty grains, vegetables, or fruits. 

Favorite groundhog foods include:
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How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck chuck?

Contrary to what you’ve heard from the popular tongue-twister, woodchucks don’t actually chuck wood. However, they do chuck dirt. In 1988, a wildlife conservation officer in New York tried to figure out how much wood a woodchuck could check if it could chuck wood by analyzing the size of a woodchuck burrow. In the end, he determined that a woodchuck could hypothetically chuck about 700 pounds of wood.

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