Groundhog Control & removal


Also called woodchucks, groundhogs are a species of large ground squirrels that grow up to almost two feet in length and weigh ten pounds or more. These pests live in burrow systems and have been known to build their homes under sheds and houses. Unlike other marmots, groundhogs are typically solitary animals but during birthing season can be found in families.


Groundhogs are stocky and usually gray or varying shades of brown in color. Other identifying features include short and bushy tails, rounded ears, and dark brown or black paws.


Known for their foraging behavior, groundhogs eat grasses, primarily alfalfa, and clover. These pests can also destroy gardens by feeding root vegetables, corn, and soybeans. Sometimes they even feed on small insects, bird eggs, and the bark of trees.


Inhabiting much of the Eastern United States, groundhogs are usually found in areas bordering forests. They typically build their dens in fields, pastures, and wooded lots.

Problems and Damage

The biggest issues caused by groundhogs result from their feeding habits. As they eat any vegetation near their den sites gardeners and landscapers generally see their damages first hand. Groundhog holes and burrow systems may also affect building foundations. These animals also can carry fleas, ticks, and other parasites that can harm people and pets.

Prevention and Exclusion

Once a woodchuck has taken up residence trapping may be the only way to effectively remove them. Witzend Wildlife offers safe and humane means to remove these pests. Prevention by fencing off landscaping and gardens can also help minimize the risk of infestation and sealing up of attractive burrow sites such as decks and sheds can also be taken. Once a burrow system is left abandoned other woodchucks or burrowing species may move in.

If groundhogs are invading your residence

Be sure to get in touch with Witzend Wildlife today for the experts in pest control, or give us a call at (716) 982-3777