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Preventing Damage to Your Property with Groundhog Control

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, marmots, or “whistle-pigs” in some southern areas; are common, large rodents found throughout North America. In Michigan, groundhogs are a nuisance mammal whose extensive burrows can destroy lawns, crops, and undermine foundations. Their destructive underground powers not only affect the beauty of your property but can put animals in danger and create hazards for vehicles, equipment, and structures. Keep your estate in good standing by calling the experienced technicians at Creature Control to trap and remove threatening groundhogs.

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The primary root damage groundhogs cause comes from their incessant burrowing in unwanted areas. These extensive burrows, sometimes having up to five entrances, can contain up to 45 feet of tunnels, and have an average depth of about five feet. It’s where they sleep, rear their young, and hibernate. Groundhogs prefer to dig their burrows against structures that provide overhead stability; preferably anything with a concrete slab. If you see the presence of large holes in the ground with massive piles of dirt around them, especially near your foundation, under a shed or deck, retaining wall, or brick patio, you have a groundhog problem.

Groundhog burrows loosen and unstabilize the earth, placing anything that stands above it at risk. Agricultural crops lose their roots. Farm equipment can sink into the ground and become stuck. Horses and cows get injured and trapped when stepping into dens. Buildings shift from their foundation. Groundhogs are also constantly gnawing; consuming almost any sort of vegetation and underground cables. Protect your property and call Creature Control before things get out of hand.

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Creature Control’s technicians have the experience and know-how to effectively bait, trap and remove groundhogs. While the basic process for groundhog removal is simple, it does require attention to detail and constant maintenance. A key to successful groundhog trapping is removing other food sources from the area, which can be difficult since groundhogs are such diverse herbivores. In addition, groundhogs are naturally suspicious of traps often requiring them to be camouflaged. The bait used to trap groundhogs also needs to be kept fresh. Once a groundhog is trapped it becomes incredibly aggressive, snarling and thrashing about wildly inside the trap. We relocate all captured groundhogs to wildlife locations at least 15 miles away from the site.

Even after removing the targeted groundhog, other groundhogs or other burrowing species may find the vacated habitat an attractive home by following the pheromone scent left behind. For recurring issues, it is sometimes necessary to install rat walls and other barriers for permanent exclusion from areas such as under decks and crawl spaces. Installation of rat walls are really the only sure way to exclude burrowing animals such as raccoons, opossums, skunks, and mice. Call Creature Control today to speak with a professional about getting a rat wall quote or visit our blog post What is a Rat Wall for more information.

Groundhog Poison?

Despite what some people may claim, there are no approved poisons made for use on groundhogs. Using poisons made for rats or other animals on groundhogs is not recommend. It is never a good idea to use a poison for anything other than what is indicated on the label; in fact, using a pesticide other than for what is specified on the label is a crime. There are no legal groundhog poisons in Michigan. Give Creature Control a call to humanely and professionally remove nuisance groundhogs and any other pests.

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.