Groundhog Removal & Control
The groundhog is an animal we welcome out of its burrow for one day a year. Legendarily, whether or not the groundhog sees its shadow in early February is an indicator of whether or not we’ll have six more weeks of Michigan’s hard winters. Most times, however, you don’t ever want to see a groundhog on your lawn!
Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks or whistle-pigs. Whatever you call them, these critters typically grow 17-26 inches long, and weigh about 4.5 to 9 pounds. They will absolutely destroy your lawn, digging away with thick, long claws and strong arms. They have two coats of fur, one a thicker, longer inside layer, and a lighter-colored protective layer outside. You can tell a rodent on your lawn is a groundhog if it appears “frosted” in color, as the longer, outside hairs are typically the lighter-colored layer. If you live in the suburbs of Detroit, you’ve likely seen a groundhog on the side of the road, or in someone’s yard.
Groundhogs eat plants, nuts, seeds and small insects. They use their thick claws to burrow through grass and dirt, carving out living areas as well as searching for food. That lush green lawn you’ve worked on throughout the year can fall to pieces within days when groundhogs move in.
Mates also burrow together in the den until the young groundhogs are born, so you can count on groundhogs staying with you for a while. Once the female groundhog gives birth, 2-6 baby groundhogs remain in the den until they’re old enough to fend for themselves. This means that not only do you have the parent groundhogs living in your yard, but you may also have the baby groundhogs sticking around as they grow toward adulthood. As you may imagine, the more groundhogs there are, the more difficult they are to get rid of.
Wild groundhogs typically live 2-3 years, reproduce quickly, and are aggressive toward anything they perceive as a threat. You need to be especially careful when approaching them, as they will defend their burrow if you attempt to get rid of the problem yourself.
Since groundhogs are great swimmers and climbers, it’s very possible that destroying and sealing their burrows isn’t going to be enough to get rid of them. There are plenty of woods and water for them to traverse in the outskirts of the Detroit metro area, which is enough to keep them around. There’s also potential danger to you in approaching the animal without experience and proper training in how to handle it. This is where we come in!
The experts at Michigan Wildlife Removal can rid you of your groundhog problem here in the Detroit metro area without destroying your entire lawn, and we will do it humanely. We’ll trap the groundhog and its family, and will transport it to an area outside your lawn. We’ll also help you take steps to make sure the groundhog doesn’t come back!
We are experienced, professional groundhog trappers located just outside Detroit. If you need a qualified groundhog trapper, we can eliminate the problem for you, and help you take steps to rid yourself of further groundhog infestation. Give us a call at (734) 629-5997 for Wayne, Monroe, Washtenaw, Livingston Counties or (248) 468-1617 for Oakland, Macomb, St Claire Counties for a consultation. We pride ourselves on being humane trappers here in Detroit, and would be happy to help rid your family or business of a groundhog infestation.