I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.
Woodchucks, also called groundhogs, are large rodents that are found throughout much of the United States and Canada. These animals can cause major problems for gardeners. Here are three things gardeners need to know about woodchucks.
How can you identify woodchucks?
Woodchucks are in the same family as squirrels, so when you first see one, you may think it's an abnormally large squirrel. These brown-furred rodents can weigh as much as 13 pounds, which is about as much as a large house cat. Their bodies are between 17.75 and 24 inches long, while their tails add another 7 to 9.75 inches.
Generally, woodchucks stay on the ground, but you may also see them climbing in your trees or swimming in your pool. If you see these animals, you need to take steps to protect your garden.
How do woodchucks damage gardens?
Woodchucks may seem harmless, but they have voracious appetites. These animals hibernate in underground burrows all winter long, and during this time, they don't eat anything. To build up enough fat to survive the winter, they need to gorge themselves throughout the summer. Their favorite foods are grasses, plants, fruits and tree bark, which means that your beautiful garden looks like an all-you-can eat buffet to them! If you don't take action to protect your garden, woodchucks can completely decimate it.
How can you protect your garden?
An easy way to keep woodchucks away from your precious garden is to plant a decoy garden in a separate area of your yard. Woodchucks love eating alfalfa and clover and can be lured away from your real garden by the presence of these plants.
If you don't have space for a decoy garden, or don't want to plant one, spray repellants like hot pepper on the plants you want to protect. If you have a dog, their urine can also be used to scare away woodchucks.
Annoying the woodchucks can also be effective, as long as you're persistent. Install motion-activated sprinklers outside of their burrows so that every time they come outside, they get a face full of water. Spreading molasses or syrup around their burrows also works because woodchucks don't like getting their fur sticky. When the woodchuck gets fed up with your antics, they'll move to someone else's yard.
If you're having trouble getting rid of woodchucks with nonlethal means, it's time to get help from a pest control company, like Select Pest Control.