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Groundhogs or woodchucks can be some of the most destructive wildlife that can ever make a home in your property. If you do not take care of the problem as soon as you notice it you will be in for a bad surprise as the destruction they will cause will be more than what you would think possible. The burrows can create zones that are unsightly in your yard or garden, and they can even kill some vegetation in the property. You must not only get them away, but you also must keep them away and to help you with that there are repellents that you can use. Just like with any other product in the market some repellents will be a lot more effective than others. Some of the solutions you hear about will actually be a waste of time. This article will tell you the repellents that are effective and the ones that you should not waste your time with.
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What Does Not Work
If you want to know what works then you should start by eliminating those things that do not work. Commercial repellents get mixed reviews. Some of these repellents seem to work wonders, but the dirty little secret is that there are quite a few that don’t. What you want to avoid is general repellents; those are the repellents that do not specify that they are used for groundhogs. There is a chance that a general repellent will work on a woodchuck, but it is all a gamble. They may work if they were made with groundhogs in mind but if they do then more than likely they will not work on other wildlife. Repellents usually contain the smell of a predator and that is why they may be effective. Often times the predator form one species isn’t the predator for another family of animals.
There are repellents that you may have at home and you don’t even know that they can do the job. If you happen to have a cat like a lot of people do, then you probably use kitty litter for its litter box. If you do then you can avoid the trip to the home and garden section of your favorite store, because used kitty litter is a repellent of woodchucks. Why does kitty litter work? Because cats are a natural predator and the smell of the dirty kitty litter warns the woodchuck of the presence of a cat. There is a very good chance that kitty litter will be enough to get the woodchuck off of your property for good. All you have to do is find the burrow and sprinkle the soiled kitty litter by the entrance and let it do its job.
There are other things that you can use that will keep the groundhogs off of your property. You can go to an electronics store and get a motion sensor. The way the motion sensor will work is by turning on the lights every time the woodchuck gets out of the burrow. The lights will make the woodchuck nervous and it may decide to leave. Another thing that you can do is to get a sprinkler system. The sprinkler will also make the woodchuck feel unwanted and it will soon be gone. If you have tried the repellents and they do not seem to be working then the next thing you can do is to call an animal removal service. These people are trained to get critters off of your property and usually they can do the job a lot faster than you would. If the repellents do not work, then it can be worth it to give these services a call before your yard is destroyed.
More in-detail how-to groundhog removal articles:
Information about groundhog trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a groundhog - with poison or other methods.
Information about how to keep groundhogs away - prevention techniques.
Information about how to catch a groundhog - remove one stuck in the house.
This site is intended to provide groundhog deterrent education and information about groundhog repellents, such as those you can buy at Home Depot or Lowes, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a groundhog problem. This site provides many groundhog control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. But remember, mothballs and fox or coyote urine won't do the trick, nor will high pitch sound or noise machines. If you are unable to solve the problem on your own, which is likely with many cases of groundhog removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance groundhog.
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