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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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To: randita
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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To: randita

Oh oh...

;)


3 posted on 06/19/2009 5:35:41 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2)
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To: randita

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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To: randita

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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To: randita

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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To: randita

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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To: randita

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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To: randita

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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To: randita

.22


10 posted on 06/19/2009 5:38:47 PM PDT by Pete
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To: randita
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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To: randita

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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To: randita
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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To: randita
Benjamin-Sheridan Pellet Gun.

Very accurate.

14 posted on 06/19/2009 5:39:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: randita

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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To: rickomatic

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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To: randita

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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To: randita
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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To: randita

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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To: randita

Where do you live? Where I live, we can call the city’s vector control office and they will come take care of critters. They trap them and take them out to the country someplace.


21 posted on 06/19/2009 5:42:34 PM PDT by La Lydia (.)
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To: randita

I keep wolverines around just to keep the groundhogs away. They do a fine job.


22 posted on 06/19/2009 5:43:08 PM PDT by BipolarBob (It takes a Kenyan village to raise a US president.)
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To: randita

Tell them there’s auditions in Punxsutawney, PA for next year’s Punxsutawney Idol...

They could wind up as the new Punxsutawney Phil..

No ???


23 posted on 06/19/2009 5:44:09 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: randita

24 posted on 06/19/2009 5:48:22 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: randita

post #11 has your answer...works on coyotes too...


25 posted on 06/19/2009 5:49:12 PM PDT by stefanbatory (Do you want a President or a King?)
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To: randita

.22 CCI Stingers do wonders on groundhogs.


26 posted on 06/19/2009 5:49:32 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: randita

Conibear trap


27 posted on 06/19/2009 5:50:59 PM PDT by Sir Beowolf ("We The People")
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To: randita

A big, nasty dog oughta do the trick.


28 posted on 06/19/2009 5:52:15 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (God is great . . . beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: Alberta's Child

Trap with the corn is best idea, but instead of releasing it use a .22 to dispatch, skin, gut, cut into pieces, put some veggies with it and roast in slow oven for about 2 1/2 hours. Absolutely delicious! They are vegetarians, meat is consistency of pork roast, would like to try with BBQ sauce sometime.


29 posted on 06/19/2009 5:58:29 PM PDT by AUH2O Repub ( Palin/Sanford '12)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Very accurate.

Even more so.....

Beeman Super Magnum Kodiak in .22 cal. pellet


30 posted on 06/19/2009 6:01:41 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun in an Indy car....)
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To: TMSuchman
Groundhogs are a real pain in the rear. Years ago, when I lived by a river, they would dig holes in the dike. Our babies were still in diapers then, so I would tamp their holes full of disposable diapers. They would dig holes elsewhere. I found the one live trap bait they couldn't resist was apples. We'd catch them and they'd often die in the summer heat before we could get to the traps. Otherwise, we'd drown them and feed the carcass to the cats.

Our cats were good hunters, but the groundhogs were smart enough to steer clear when cats were in the vicinity. It was a neverending battle just defending our garden and dikes from groundhog destruction. I probably killed 10-12 of them every year, but new ones would just keep moving in.

31 posted on 06/19/2009 6:02:34 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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Well, actually that's what "cherry bombs" were invented for (the old, powerful ones).

When I was a kid, we used to buy them by the gross at the pharmacy for $15.00.

The box had a nice little illustration of some old farmer lighting one, rolling it down a hole (hence their round shape), a "bang" picture, then little dead rodents with x-ed out eyes in a tunnel, killed by the concussion in an enclosed space. I think they were for gophers, but firing off a couple/three at once would probably do the trick for a groundhog. You could probably make your own with the right stuff, but who knows whom that would attract.

We thought it was hilarious (as we launched them with our wrist rockets at pretty much everything).

You might enquire at a feed store or farm and ranch supply - a real one, not a corporate chain like Tractor Supply.

32 posted on 06/19/2009 6:02:55 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: BipolarBob
I keep wolverines around just to keep the groundhogs away

Where I live Wolverines aren't much good for anything these days..........

33 posted on 06/19/2009 6:03:31 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun in an Indy car....)
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Heavily laid large stone landscaping rocks might help - just a first thought, since I don't know much about your critters.

Also, I wouldn't rule out the poisoning plan....the little bastards wouldn't reek for all that long. I used to do that with inside-the-wall mice and the funk factor was done within a week.

34 posted on 06/19/2009 6:09:06 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Impeach now!)
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tamp their holes full of disposable diapers

Another use for those things that dawned on me (I'd buy 'em regularly due to two sadly diapered parents) is to tape them to the garage floor in the parking area if you have a small pesky oil leak.....beats the hell out of putting kitty litter in a cookie sheet - which wifey would always run over.

Works like a charm. I've had one down for six months and it's good to go thru the 2010 election cycle.

35 posted on 06/19/2009 6:13:28 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Impeach now!)
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To: AUH2O Repub

Have had them baked before...not bad.


36 posted on 06/19/2009 6:19:29 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Hey hey! Ho ho! Where's your Birth Certificate/ We've a right to know!)
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To: Manic_Episode; OKSooner

Superior intelligence. Superior firepower.


37 posted on 06/19/2009 6:21:43 PM PDT by Honeybunch ("Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." ~Rudyard Kipling)
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To: stefanbatory
Coyotes have pretty well solved the groundhog problem around here...also eliminated any domestic fowl and out door cats. There is a bounty on coyotes and hunters often show up with their dogs, pickup and walkies talkies to hunt them.
38 posted on 06/19/2009 6:24:16 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Hey hey! Ho ho! Where's your Birth Certificate/ We've a right to know!)
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To: randita

I used to use crankcase oil down the hole. Now I use .22 long rifle hollow points. Fill the hole with cement. Filling the hole in with dirt and rocks does not work with the NY rodents.


39 posted on 06/19/2009 6:25:54 PM PDT by richiep (Richie)
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To: randita

This is what my sister uses in rural MI...and she doesn't use it to dig them a bigger hole!

40 posted on 06/19/2009 6:26:28 PM PDT by hope (don't listen to what they say, watch what they do.)
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Two things seem to work well. Pour amonia (full strength) down the hole or pour used cat litter down the hole. Either way groundhogs hate it and will abandon the area. Since I live in a rural area and am plagued with groundhogs borrowing under my in-ground pool, I get rid of them with my .22 hornet. I’ve recycled 7 so far this spring...


41 posted on 06/19/2009 6:32:54 PM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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Attach garden hose with adapter to your car’s exhaust, stick the hose into the hole, start the engine and watch CO do its work.


42 posted on 06/19/2009 6:35:32 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: randita

Cover all holes but one. Light a fuzee (road flare), drop it down that hole and cover it up. It will suck every bit of oxygen out of the length of the hole. It will work.

Somewhere there is a video of the verminator. It is a device that allows you to fill the hole with propane and ignite it. Looks like lots of fun.


43 posted on 06/19/2009 6:37:20 PM PDT by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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Give me some toads ‘n’ frogs hips, I’m gonna mix ‘em up together, Mix ‘em up good, mix ‘em up together, kill that dirty Groundhog.


44 posted on 06/19/2009 6:39:01 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: randita

http://www.rodenator.com/


45 posted on 06/19/2009 6:40:32 PM PDT by Deadeye Division
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When I was a kid working the farm, we had this can of powdery stuff.

Toss about a tablespoon down the hole, and shovel it over. One (or more) dead woodchucks.

It was some cyanide compound that released cyanide gas when it got wet. Doubt if it’s available anymore.


46 posted on 06/19/2009 6:44:28 PM PDT by djf (Man up!! Don't be a FReeloader!! Make a donation today!)
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To: randita
various calibers depending on the range...
47 posted on 06/19/2009 6:46:32 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - Obama is basically Jim Jones with a teleprompter)
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Step 1: Point out the cute little ground-hog that’s sitting on the front lawn to the kids.

Step 2: Have the wife answer the door when a clueless neighbor stops by to tell you that he’s seen a skunk on your front lawn ... and that because the skunk was there during the day it was probably rabid.

Step 3: Calm the wife down by explaining the visual differences between a groundhog and a skunk, using Pepe le Peu as a visual reference tool.

Step 4: Explain to the wife that you’ll go get a trap from the local lawn/garden store and haul the thing 20+ miles away to a nice field.

Step 5: Make a mistake by answering wife: “Yes, I’ll need to drive the ground hog out there in the same car we use to haul our kids around.

Step 6: Assure wife that the groundhog will STILL be in the trap.

Step 7: With a great deal of frustration, watch as wife calls a pest-control company

Step 8: Meet the pest control guy when he shows up. Make a joke about how some idiot neigbor thought that the groundhog on the front lawn was a skunk.

Step 9: Explain, speaking very s-l-o-w-l-y, to the pest control guy that yes, you know the difference between a skunk and a ground hog. Because you grew up in rural New England. And you know that a groundhog is fat and brown while a skunk is thinner, black/white and with a big fluffy tail.

Step 10: Watch as the pest control guy sets up the trap and camoflages it with leaves.

Step 11: Go to work.

Step 12: Return from work to find the groundhog sitting on the lawn happily munching on something, while a seriously confused and distressed squirrel cools its heels in the trap.

Step 13: Watch the pest control guy reset the trap.

Step 14: Wake up the next morning, go outside and find the groundhog IN the trap, happily munching on the bait apple.

Step 15: Call the kids out to see the captured groundhog.

Step 16: Explain that no, the groundhog will NOT make a good pet.

Step 17: In response to tears and sobbing, take pictures of the groundhog while it’s in the trap happily munching on the bait apple.

Step 18: Wait for the pest control guy to come and collect the trapped groundhog.

Step 19: Call the wife to explain that the groundhog is really gone.

Step 20: Four day’s later open the letter from the pest control company containing an invoice for $275.00 for the capture and disposal service.

Step 21: Curse like a f*&%ing sailor. To no one in particular.


48 posted on 06/19/2009 6:48:55 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: randita

havahart trap, string beans as bait.


49 posted on 06/19/2009 6:50:45 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: Russ

Will the ammonia work for moles? It would be a lot less expensive than spreading grub killer granules.


50 posted on 06/19/2009 6:53:08 PM PDT by jla
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