Woodchucks under your deck or shed? You’ve come to the right place to solve your woodchuck problems. Critter Control uses more than one approach to humanely remove and exclude woodchucks from your home and property. Call your Critter Control today for effective woodchuck control and removal services. Description Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are some of the largest members of the squirrel family. Many are familiar with the holiday Groundhog Day, which supposedly predicts whether there will be an early spring or a lengthy winter each year. Woodchucks are able climbers and adept swimmers. They can often be spotted in fields or along roadsides throughout the Eastern United States. Appearance Between 16-25 inches in length Weighing anywhere from 5-10 lbs. Brown in color Short limbs Large, thick claws Eyes and ears placed near the top of the head allow them to peek out of their burrows and survey the area for danger. When startled, groundhogs let out high pitched whistles as they scurry back to the safety of their dens. Habitat Groundhog dens can be very deep, large, and may contain dozens of feet of tunnels. Subterranean chambers in the tunnels serve specific purposes, such as waste collection and nursing. They prefer to dig these burrows in dry, gravelly earth, such as that found in open grasslands, meadows, farm fields, the edges of forest clearings, and grassy roadsides. Problems Entry During the spring, summer, and early fall when groundhogs are active, they tend to stay within 150 feet of their burrows. Their limited range and herbivorous diet leaves woodchucks with no reason to enter human homes. However, their feeding habits do lead them into yards and crop fields in search of grasses, vegetables, and other tasty plants. Groundhogs may dig burrows near houses, roads, and walls as they like to place the entrances to their dens at the base of solid objects. Damage Groundhog attacks on humans are highly unlikely. For the most part, groundhog damage is limited to properties like farms, orchards, gardens, and lawns. The rodents are known to be responsible for significant losses of crops. Burrowing activities wreak havoc on building foundations, roads, driveways, and lawns. These animals can cause significant damages to property. Control Control and Safety Due to their natural ability to dig, it can be tricky to prevent or control them from entering one's property. However, there are precautionary measure that are known to be somewhat effective. Wire mesh fences can be used to effectively keep groundhogs away from gardens and lawns. Fences should be buried at least a foot underground and have outward-facing overhangs at the top to prevent the animals from burrowing underneath or climbing over. Trapping and Removal Since groundhog burrows have multiple entrances and exits, traps should only be set by trained professionals. Although woodchucks do not actively attack humans, they may scratch or bite when cornered or threatened, and residents should never attempt to handle the animals. Critter Control wildlife experts are trained to safely deal with nuisance groundhogs and fully equipped to handle trapping, removal, and control operations within the confines of the law. We can help you get rid of woodchuck problems. Call today: 1.800.274.8837. Critter Control of Virginia Beach Service Area Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton This franchise is independently licensed and operated by ADAY Services, Inc. dba Critter Control of Virginia Beach.