Are Woodchucks & Groundhogs Causing You Trouble?

Woodchucks are members of the squirrel family and are closely related to other species of North American marmots. They also are known as groundhogs and whistle pigs. Woodchucks are common throughout the northeast and are one of our only true hibernators. Woodchuck are brownish gray in appearance and typically weigh between five and ten pounds. They are short and stocky with claws that are well adapted for digging.

Luckily, our wildlife specialists have a great deal of training and knowledge on woodchuck removal and exclusion techniques to ensure that once woodchucks are removed from your property, they will not be able to return. If you are having issues with woodchucks around your property, Pest-End’s wildlife division would gbe happy to schedule a free inspection at your home.

Known Facts About Woodchucks

Woodchucks typically breed in March and April shortly after coming out of hibernation. Four to six young are normally born in late May and early June and become active after just a few weeks. Female woodchucks are highly protective of young and will often chase off larger predators. We receive multiple reports every year of woodchucks attacking pets that get too close to their young.

How To Spot A Woodchuck Den

A woodchuck den is easily recognizable by the large amount of excavated earth next to a hole, typically 10 to 12 inches in diameter.  Burrows have multiple entrances and there is always a secondary entrance, which is dug from below so there is no visible mound of earth seen. Woodchucks create burrows in a variety of different habitats and landscapes, but in residential areas they will often dig burrows under sheds, porches, barns, slab foundations, rock walls, stairways, and even driveways or walkways. Woodchuck burrows can become large and complex if left unchecked, sometimes extending as far as 30 feet or more.

Damage Caused By Woodchucks

Woodchucks cause damage to structures in a variety of ways.  Burrows made by woodchucks can undermine foundations of buildings, destroy pools, and sidewalks, and in extreme cases, cause structures like lampposts and decks to fall over or collapse. Woodchucks will also gnaw on wood siding, decking, and trim to keep their incisor teeth in check. Woodchucks are herbivores and will activity devour unprecedented vegetable and flower gardens.