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How do you get rid of groundhogs???!!!
Vanity ^ | 6/19/09 | Self

Posted on 06/19/2009 5:33:57 PM PDT by randita

We have been plagued with groundhogs burrowing under our front porch slab for a couple of years. The burrowing has caused several cracks in the slab.

We have tried liquid fence, mothballs, noise, electric trip wires, have a heart trap, plugging up holes with stone and cement (it just digs new ones). Sometimes we are rid of them for a little bit, then a new one comes along.

This morning, I went out to pick some lettuce from my small garden and there wasn't any left. It had all been chewed off. We live in suburbia and can't exactly sit out on our front porch in a rocking chair with a .22, waiting for the pest to emerge. Although a carefully aimed shot out a 2nd story window has been fruitful on a couple of occasions. Then again, we can't just sit by a window all day waiting to see the pest.

We can't poison it (would love to!) because it might die under the porch slab and our basement (which we heavily use) would reek to high heaven.

We are at our wit's end. Any and all ideas appreciated.

Any miracle ideas?


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Gardening; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: garden; groundhog; groundhogs; porch
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1 posted on 06/19/2009 5:33:57 PM PDT by randita
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Sit them on your lap in a stolen car and drive off the cliff into a quarry?
2 posted on 06/19/2009 5:35:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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Oh oh...

;)


3 posted on 06/19/2009 5:35:41 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2)
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4 posted on 06/19/2009 5:35:45 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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Get a large trap baited with corn (Some town and counties have them to borrow )and after trapping release the groudhog at least 25 miles away from house.

My dog keeps them away.


5 posted on 06/19/2009 5:36:33 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Hey hey! Ho ho! Where's your Birth Certificate/ We've a right to know!)
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Wish I could help. Our neighborhood get inundated with moles this time of year. Not as bad as groundhogs, I’m sure. But they destroy our lawn and flower garden.


6 posted on 06/19/2009 5:36:54 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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Protected species??

Put the hose down the hole and flood them out. target practice.

Prairie dogs?


7 posted on 06/19/2009 5:37:04 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <----go there now,----> tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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People around my parts find dogs work well.


8 posted on 06/19/2009 5:37:17 PM PDT by svcw
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9 posted on 06/19/2009 5:38:21 PM PDT by Dysart (It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong--Voltaire)
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.22


10 posted on 06/19/2009 5:38:47 PM PDT by Pete
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Also, large shallow pan of ammonia placed in the middle of the area sometime encourages mammals to move.
11 posted on 06/19/2009 5:39:02 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Hey hey! Ho ho! Where's your Birth Certificate/ We've a right to know!)
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Pellet gun?


12 posted on 06/19/2009 5:39:11 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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I stumbled on these guys while looking for, of all things, beekeeping podcasts. If you've got any kind of critter problem that needs taking care of, these guys can help you out.

http://findthewildlifepro.com/
13 posted on 06/19/2009 5:39:25 PM PDT by rickomatic
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Benjamin-Sheridan Pellet Gun.

Very accurate.

14 posted on 06/19/2009 5:39:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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Poison it. If it dies under the slab to your porch, fill in the entrances/exits from its lair to prevent other animals from using the ready built condo. The soil you shovel in will prevent the stench from escaping. The ground rat (It’s not a hog!) will decompose faster than you think. Your other option is to catch the congresscritter in waiting in the open by the road and run the d@mn thing over.


15 posted on 06/19/2009 5:40:25 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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When I was a kid, we used gopher guns. Are they still legal?


16 posted on 06/19/2009 5:40:30 PM PDT by bannie
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Take the advice of Carl Spackler, noted expert on dealing with varmints:

“To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit - ever. They’re like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that’s all she wrote.”


17 posted on 06/19/2009 5:41:53 PM PDT by Stevenc131
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We can't poison it (would love to!) because it might die under the porch slab and our basement (which we heavily use) would reek to high heaven.

Yeah, so? It would only stink for a few days -- a week max. I had pack rats get under my getaway mobile home in the desert and the poison definitely worked. Did I smell them under the skirting and inside the house? Yes!

But it was the smell of victory!

Man up! Do what it takes, and pronto! They can do a lot of infrastructural damage.

18 posted on 06/19/2009 5:42:08 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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There are a couple of ways that I use;

1] a .22 cal rifle with subsonic rounds. [These do not have a loud report to upset the neighbors]

2] fill hole with used kitty litter. The smell of cats & their urine drives them away, and they do not return....


19 posted on 06/19/2009 5:42:21 PM PDT by TMSuchman (I'll heat up & bring the tar, you bring the feathers & we'll meet in DC!)
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big dumb fat slow rodents. Should be easy. You just arnen’t trying.


20 posted on 06/19/2009 5:42:24 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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