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How to get rid of groundhogs under your shed

How to Get Rid of Groundhogs Under Your Shed

Groundhogs can be charming to watch in their natural habitat, but when they set up residence in an area that you need often, like your shed, they can transform into genuinely troublesome pests. Their burrowing habits can undermine the stability of structures, and their voracious appetites can decimate your garden. So, while you probably don't wish these furry invaders any harm, you may have wondered how to get rid of groundhogs under your shed.

By the end of this article, you'll be equipped with practical, easy-to-follow steps to identify and evict unwelcome groundhog guests and reclaim your property. Let's dive in!

Common Signs of Groundhog Presence

The first step in your groundhog eviction process is to confirm their presence. A few classic signs will help you confirm the presence of these burrow-loving creatures.

Perhaps the most obvious clue is the frequent sighting of groundhogs around your property. These furry creatures are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. Spotting them often could be a clear indication that they've chosen your property as their new home.

Next, inspect the area around your shed. Groundhogs are renowned diggers, so look out for fresh mounds of dirt, a telltale sign of their burrowing activity. If you notice holes or tunnel entrances, particularly near or beneath your shed, it's a strong signal that groundhogs are in residence.

Lastly, don't forget to check your plants. Groundhogs love to snack on vegetables, and their dining habits can leave a garden looking like a battleground. If you've noticed unexplained damage to your plants, particularly around the shed area, this could be the work of groundhogs.
Groundhog damage near garden and shed

Remove Food Sources and Other Attractions

The appeal of your property to groundhogs is largely tied to the availability of food. Simply put, a yard rich in food sources is a groundhog's paradise. Therefore, a crucial step in discouraging these unwelcome guests is to make your property less appetizing.

Start by securing your garbage cans. Groundhogs are opportunistic eaters and will happily rummage through your trash for a meal. Storing your garbage cans out of reach or in a locked shed can make a significant difference.

Next, pay attention to your yard. Fallen fruits and vegetables are a groundhog's delight. Regular clean-ups can prevent these tasty treats from becoming an open invitation to groundhogs. If you have a vegetable garden, consider installing a mesh fence around it. This can protect your garden from groundhogs and other hungry critters.

Lastly, trim overhanging tree branches near your shed. Groundhogs are excellent climbers and may use these branches as a bridge to your shed. Plus, reducing cover can make your property less appealing as a hideout.

Secure Your Territory

Once you've made your property less appealing to groundhogs by removing their food sources, your next course of action is to secure your shed and surrounding area. This means sealing off any entry points and deterring future burrowing activities.

Start by inspecting the foundation of your shed. If you find any gaps, holes, or other potential entry points, it's time to get them filled or sealed. Using gravel or hardware cloth can be effective in blocking these entrances. Remember, groundhogs are persistent, so the sturdier your materials, the better.

Next, consider installing a fence around your shed. This isn't just any ordinary fence, but a specific design intended to thwart groundhogs. It should be at least 3 feet high to prevent them from climbing over and should extend at least a foot underground to stop them from digging under.

Lastly, introduce deterrents to make your shed less inviting for burrowing. One common method is to use groundhog repellents, which are available in most garden stores. These products use smells and tastes that are unpleasant to groundhogs, helping to keep them away.

By taking these steps, you're not only preventing groundhogs from accessing your shed but also making the area around it less conducive to their burrowing habits. This brings you another step closer to a groundhog-free property.

Garden fence to get rid of groundhogs under and around shed

Other Recommended Maintenance

Maintaining your property in a way that discourages groundhogs is key. Regularly inspect your property for signs of groundhog activity—early detection can prevent an infestation from escalating.

Stay on top of your landscaping, keeping your lawn mowed and your plants trimmed to eliminate the cover groundhogs seek. Routinely inspect your shed and other structures for any signs of damage caused by groundhog burrowing and address it promptly to prevent further deterioration.

If you're using groundhog repellents, ensure they're refreshed regularly according to the manufacturer's guidelines. Keep a close eye on your fences, checking for any gaps or holes that could potentially be exploited by a groundhog.

Finally, manage your compost heap effectively and secure your garbage cans to avoid attracting groundhogs.

When to Call a Professional

While the maintenance practices outlined above can help manage minor groundhog problems, sometimes professional help is necessary.

If you notice multiple groundhogs on your property or multiple burrows, it's time to call in a professional. This could indicate a larger infestation, which might be challenging to handle on your own.

Similarly, if you've tried the above strategies and the groundhogs keep returning, a professional might be needed. They can provide a more comprehensive solution, such as using professional-grade products like the Rhino Excluders™ available from RNS Products. The Rhino Excluders™ are specifically designed to prevent wildlife from re-entering your property once they've been evicted, offering long-term protection.

Conclusion

Successfully dealing with groundhogs under your shed can be a matter of careful observation, regular maintenance, and timely intervention. Removing their food sources, securing your shed, and staying vigilant about your property condition are all part of an effective strategy to keep these burrowers at bay.

If you suspect an unwelcome visitor under your shed or home or could use assistance in other pest control efforts, RNS Products offers various humane solutions for removing groundhogs and other pests. The Rhino Excluders One Way Doors are designed by industry professionals to be humane, efficient, and easy to use.
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