5 Natural Ways to Instantly Get Rid of Groundhogs

Groundhogs can be a huge nuisance to gardeners as they can destabilize the ground by creating a network of tunnels underneath the garden bed. Here are five natural remedies you can use to get rid of groundhogs and other similar rodents.

How to Get Rid of Groundhogs

How to Get Rid of Groundhogs Infographic

1. Set up Cage Traps
The simplest way to get rid of groundhogs is to set up cage traps. Get a cage that’s big enough to fit a groundhog then place their favorite food (e.g. sweet fruits, vegetables) to lure them in. You may need to set up multiple traps if a family of groundhogs lives in your garden.

2. Flush Them Out with Water
Stick a garden hose into a tunnel entrance and turn on the tap. The groundhogs will eventually try and escape as the tunnels get flooded. This won’t work so well if the groundhogs have already built an extensive tunnel system.

Groundhogs and Inflatable Snakes

3. Add Fencing around the Garden Bed
You will need to use heavy-gauge wire and make sure the fencing is at least two feet deep for it to be effective. Groundhogs will dig underneath anything that’s shallower.

4. Use a Snake Decoy
As strange and unbelievable as this sound, using a scarecrow in the form of an inflatable snake can be a cost-efficient way of scaring off groundhogs and other annoying rodents.

5. Make Use of Cat Litter
Have cats at home? Collect their litter and chuck it down the groundhog tunnels. You will need to repeat every once in a while to keep the groundhogs off your turf.

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Last Modified on February 6, 2018 -