Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, aren’t just a furry creature that comes out of hiding in February to tell us whether spring will come early or winter will last longer. They’re a nuisance animal that can do significant damage to your flower or vegetable gardens if allowed to.

How Woodchucks Damage Your Yard and Garden

Woodchucks rarely – if ever – burrow into a home or attack humans. However, they do become a nuisance when they dig deep tunnels in your yard. Their tunnel networks can be up to 25-30’, and include dedicated chambers for eating and hibernating. While wood chucks don’t create as many mounds above the ground as gophers, most woodchuck habitats include at least two larger mounds. These mounds are used for every day access and escaping when the wood chuck feels in danger. The tunnels are also used for mating, sleeping, and hiding.

Woodchucks love fresh vegetables. Especially from your garden. One woodchuck can eat multiple rows of produce in a week. Woodchucks also enjoy fresh, expensive perennials that you worked so hard to plant in the spring.

Woodchuck Facts

  • The woodchuck is a rodent and it is widely distributed in North America and common in the northeastern and central United States. Woodchucks are found as far north as Alaska, with their habitat extending southeast to Alabama.
  • The groundhog typically measuring 17 to 26 in long and weighing 4.5 to 9 pounds and as much as 30 lbs. in areas with few predators and plenty of food.
  • Suited to their temperate habitat, groundhogs are covered with two coats of fur: a dense grey undercoat and a longer coat of banded guard hairs that gives the groundhog its distinctive “frosted” appearance.
  • Contact Freedom Pest Control Woodchuck Removal Service Today

    If you’ve seen mounds in your yard, plants disappearing, or collapsing walkways you may have a wood chuck problem. Many homeowners may actually see the wood chuck burrowing in the tunnels or scurrying about the yard looking for food.

    At Freedom Pest Control, we can eradicate a woodchuck infestation in your yard. Our technician will place have-a-heart traps in areas that show past signs of activity or damage. The technician will return daily to check the traps and inspect for additional signs of activity. Once we have removed the woodchucks our technician can help you determine the best ways to prevent wood chucks from coming back. Ask your service technician about long term eradication today.

    Call Freedom Pest today at 877-737-8755 to schedule your skunk removal or request one online.