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Do Mothballs Help Repel Groundhogs?

Do Mothballs or Ammonia Help Repel Groundhogs?

IF you have a groundhog burrow on your property, can't you just dump a big bag of mothballs down the hole? Will that get rid of these animals? Nope. I'm a wildlife trapper with 20 years of experience, and I've seen it all and tried it all. Every year I see homeowners who put mothballs in their garden or pour them down a woodchuck burrow to try to repel these animals. I even experimented with it myself a few times back in 2003-2004. For whatever reason, groundhogs don't care about mothballs. When poured down a burrow, they just dig them out and they get buried in the dirt. In a garden, the animals continue to eat crops right next to mothballs. They just don't care. That's how it is, so don't bother to try to use moth balls or any other repellent (I've tried them all, from fox and coyote urine, to ammonia, to sulfur and more), because they don't work. Your best bet is trapping and removal.

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This animal is known by several names by different people such as groundhog, woodchuck and whistle pig. It is a popular rodent of the sciurid family and also a member of big land squirrels popularly known as marmots. While other marmots are known to live in rocks and mountains woodchuck live on the land causing problems to home owners. The spin of this animal is curved and the tail is known to be thicker and shorter than other marmots.

This is the largest among other sciurid and it is measured about 40-65 cm in length with 2-4 kg of weight. Groundhogs in the Charleston areas without predators can easily grow as large as 80 centimeter as weight as much as 14 kg. In order to make it easy for this animal to survive temperature in their dwellings the body is covered with two types of fur coats. This includes an undercoat with grey color and the longer coat made of banded guard hairs. These are what made this animal to have frosted look.

These animals are known to feed on variety of foods including: vegetables, Cole crops, beans, lettuce and others. This South Carolina animal is known to go out for food in early money and evening. That is the time they can cause most serious harm in the Charleston gardens, yards and even homes. In terms of getting rid of groundhogs, No, you cannot repel South Carolina groundhogs using ammonia or mothballs. Instead, there are other options to get rid of groundhogs.

Step by step instructions to Get Rid of Groundhogs
• Make use of your large dog as predator to scare groundhog.
• Locate groundhog pass way and spread garlic there
• You can use talcum powder or blood feast to scare this critter from your garden, shed or yard.
• Fencing is the best deterrent for the critter– Since woodchuck burrows in the ground you have to ensure that you delve the fencing wire deep into the ground.
• Find the place groundhogs dwell in your home and keep heaps of woods there.

It is interesting for you to know that the best and most efficient way to get rid of these critters is through catching, trapping and shooting according to an augmentation South Carolina specialist. Groundhogs may look like ungainly, imbecilic animals. They are entirely keen. They know when something looks or notices interesting. Place your no-execute trap simply outside the passageway to the groundhog's tunnel so you can get it when it turns out to scan for a dinner. To rapidly and viably trap the Charleston groundhog, spot logs coordinating the groundhog toward the trap. It will effectively trap them. Surrender your trapped groundhogs in a South Carolina wildlife center nearby your area for a better handling of this creatures.

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