In this article, you will find the most effective groundhog traps and baits to manage the infestation at home.
You will also find here how you can use simple things to set up a homemade trap to catch groundhogs and eliminate them from your yard.
Groundhogs are capable of destroying your crops and garden if you let them. Also known as woodchucks, these creatures can as well create burrows up to 20 feet long within the foundation of your structure, threatening its existence.
Signs You Might be Having Groundhogs In Your Yard
Groundhogs are known to avoid humans by every means possible. Unless you mistakenly bump into them very early in the morning or evening in your yard, you may not know they are there for a very long time.
If you don’t know how to detect their presence, it will be very difficult for you to stop them. By the time you realize what is happening, they would have caused you so much damages.
If you suspect that you have groundhogs in your yard, the following signs might help confirm their presence.
- Very deep holes in your yard.
- Teeth marks on leaves of the plants in your garden.
- Claw markings showing four or five toes on the ground.
- Mounds of soil close to a hole. Sometimes the soil will be deposited a little bit far from the hole.
The moment you start noticing any of these signs or some of them, you can be sure you have groundhogs in your yard. You will need to act quickly to stop them before they weaken the foundation of your structures or damage your crops.
One sure way to do that is to use groundhog traps and baits. Homemade or commercial.
Do Groundhog Traps Work?
Several persons who have used the traps in their yards testify they are effective in eliminating Groundhogs. You can check out what people are saying about them on different user review websites. When set-up properly, groundhog traps can help eliminate the rodents from the yard.
How do they work? You may ask.
Usually, the traps are set up some distance from the burrows of the groundhogs and covered with grasses or leaves. Some even apply certain chemicals on the traps to get rid of the human smell from them.
While setting up the trap, a bit or lure is often added to help attract the rodent to it. Some people also put things like barriers around the area the trap is set.
This will help create a kind of channel that will lead the groundhog directly into the trap. From there, you can choose to relocate or to do whatever you want with it.
How to Use Groundhogs Traps And Baits
Trapping is one of the best ways of getting rid of groundhogs from your yard. However, it is not allowed in some states. You will first of all have to confirm with your state’s law before going on with this.
There are certain write-ups about how to catch a groundhog with a milk jug, but trust me, it is not effective.
Below is the simplest way to trap a groundhog at home using groundhog traps and baits.
- Get a cage trap that is about 12X 12 X32-inch. It should be a one-door cage. This type of cage trap is often more recommended than a lethal trap. The reason is that lethal traps snap shut around the body of an animal on contact, killing it. It doesn’t matter if it is a groundhog or your pet (dogs and cats). Once an animal steps on it or makes direct contact with it, it snaps around the body.
Since you will have to fix it in your yard, there’s this possibility of your cat or dog playing around it. So to keep them on the safer side, get a one-door live cage. That way if your pet mistakenly walks into the trap, no harm will come to it. It will be safe until you get it out.
- Make sure you wear gloves before handling the trap when you are ready to set it where it should be in your yard. This will help you avoid transferring human scent to it. Groundhogs are known to avoid humans as much as they can. Part of the things that help them do this is their high sense of smell. They can easily detect when a human is around through the human scent. If you handle the trap without gloves before setting it, they will avoid it completely. Regardless of the bait, you put in there.
- Do not place the trap directly at the entrance of their burrow. They can easily detect and avoid them. You need to keep it about 5-10ft from that entrance. This way when they go out to hunt for food, they can walk into it.
- After placing the groundhog trap where you want it to be, use leaves, grasses, etc, to camouflage it. The trap needs to look like a natural part of the garden. The only way to make it look that way is by using things found there (leaves, things, etc) to hide it.
- Ensure that the trap is not rattling. In order not to scare the groundhogs from coming closer to it. You can do this by properly positioning the trap on the ground or adding a brick to support the weight on the ground.
- After that, bait the groundhog trap with cantaloupe or muskmelon. That is one fruit Groundhogs are known to love eating. If you can’t place your hand on that, use blueberries, strawberries or any other “sweet” fruit. Apart from putting bait inside the trap, you need to also put it along the road leading to the trap, thereby creating a bait trail with it.
- Monitor the trap to pick it up once it has caught a groundhog inside. To avoid the groundhog injuring itself before you relocate it.
- If you intend relocating it, ensure you take it to an area about 5-10 miles away from your home and set it free. The area you intend relocating it should be a covered area. Far from anybody’s home. To avoid the groundhog going into another person’s yard to live.
Groundhogs also are known as woodchucks, are some of the rodents that are capable of destroying your garden and causing you structural damages. If you do not take real actions against them quickly, your pets stand the risk of losing a limb or two due to the many holes they usually create in the yard.
This article reveals the different types of groundhog traps and how to use them.
I hope you find this useful.