Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil has emerged and made his annual prediction. Did you know groundhogs can predict the weather? Not really. But there are quite a few interesting pieces of information about groundhogs that are true. Let’s take a look!
- Groundhogs are often called several other names such as woodchuck, whistlepig and land beaver.
- Groundhogs have the ability to work with each other to solve tasks such as burrowing.
- Groundhogs have four incisor teeth which grow approximately 1⁄16 inch each week. They keep them worn down by using them a lot.
- The average lifespan of a wild groundhog is 2-3 years.
- When they sense danger, a groundhog will whistle to warn other groundhogs.
- Groundhogs primarily eat vegetation, and can consume more than a pound per day.
- Their burrows usually have two to five entrances.
- Groundhogs hibernate in the winter in a burrow below the frost line.
- Pregnant groundhogs can birth anywhere from 1-9 pups per litter.
- Once baby groundhogs have grown fur and become able to see, their mother will introduce them to the wild.
How to Get Rid of Groundhogs:
If a groundhog is digging into your structure or garden, it can be quite challenging due to their burrowing capabilities. The best course of action is to set a live trap, catch it, and release it far away unharmed. If groundhogs are a recurring issue, you might consider trenching which is an exclusion technique where rodent-proof material is installed below ground along the base of the structure.
If Punxsutawney Phil’s friends wreak havoc on your property this spring, contact us. Attention Pest Solutions offers wildlife control for Saratoga County, Albany County, Washington County, Fulton County, Warren County, Schenectady County and Montgomery County.