Asked on May 10, 2017

How can I rid my backyard of a hungry groundhog?

Nancy TurnerMaggieBarb T


Animal control isn't interested. I really don't want to do the ammonia/mothball routine and then seal up the holes. I just want the guy to pack his/her bags and leave. Any easy answer? (And apparently CT has a law where you can't trap-and-release with XX number of miles or some such law....)
5 answers
  • Lynn
    on May 11, 2017

    Try a $2.00 jar of hot peppers, they god rid of raccoons going into my garbage cans!
  • June Stoller Wolfberg
    on May 11, 2017

    There are animal repellents that work pretty well but you have to keep spraying. We have deer, opossum, raccoons, groundhogs and feral cats. In NJ you are not allowed to release an animal you've trapped except back onto your own property, so I am not going to advise you to do anything illegal. Groundhogs eat your garden, so I feel your pain. I had to stop growing bluets and echinacea, which they loved.
  • Barb T
    on May 11, 2017

    Borrow a "Have a heart" Trap and put some lettuce in it. After you have captured the groundhog, take it at least 10 miles away to where there is access to water and turn it loose. Good luck!

  • Maggie
    on May 12, 2017

    Something to vibrate ground like whirly gigs and wind Mills. Mint is invasive but if in containers around garden they won't like it
  • Nancy Turner
    on May 12, 2017

    I had a neighbor that saw one go into my veggie garden one night. He started putting his scrapings and left over veggies out away from my garden and they never came back. Try doing that in an out of the way spot away from your garden. If they are satisfied they won't have to go in and raid the garden. At that time I had a short chicken wire fence that they could just slither over no problem.
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