How do I stop groundhogs from eating my plants?

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Infested with dozens of groundhogs even eat all the planters how to ge

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  • Joy Elizabeth Joy Elizabeth on Jan 31, 2019

    We used a "have a heart" cage to catch several groundhogs that were living under our house when we purchased it. We released them in the woods far from our home.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Jan 31, 2019

    Groundhogs are awful! I think the only good way to keep them out is high fencing.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Jan 31, 2019

    P.S. Our town supplies cages to catch and relocate critters like groundhogs. Perhaps your does, too.


  • NotHermione NotHermione on Jan 31, 2019

    They'll keep coming as long as there is food, warmth in the winter, and coolness in the summer. They were doing expensive damage to the trailer wiring, insulation and wood to the bottom of my mobile home. Didn't have the option to be a nice guy. Either contact a home improvement store, or an exterminator if you aren't faint of heart (like i am) about getting too close to wild animals. Warning: the exterminator wanted $35/animal to relocate. And THAT price was cheap.

  • DORLIS DORLIS on Feb 01, 2019

    What about a dog. dogs will mess up the lawn for a while until they catch/run them away, but then you restore lawn only one time. Or use predator urine capsules tossed into their burrows. the scent will drive them away.

  • CasualHomeStyle CasualHomeStyle on Feb 01, 2019

    A friend of mine had this problem yrs ago in their neighborhood. Dogs did not do the trick, trapping did nothing! They came back and they breed like rats, lots of them!!


    The farmers wanted them GONE because they dug very large holes and highways underground and when their farm equipment came to harvest, their tires would get caught in those holes and they would be jacked up! Then they would have to go get more equipment and waste a productive day, wrenching out their tractor.


    The last resort was to shoot them and keep on it. That got rid of the problem.

    And everyone was happy


    Might not be what one would hear, but that is how it is done in the country and a Turkey Vulture gets a meal

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    • CasualHomeStyle CasualHomeStyle on Feb 02, 2019

      They were dealing with over 400 acres and they were trappers and avid hunters. But this is good advice you gave for one who would not know any better. That's a long way to travel to get back home but then again they do this everyday underground!

  • Oliva Oliva on Feb 01, 2019

    Yes, shooting is most effective, but not always permissable. Try dousing your entire lawn and garden (not edibles) with agricultural grade castor bean oil. Come Spring, plant multiple castor bean plants.

  • Liz Liz on Feb 01, 2019

    I have a dog I think the groundhogs laugh At him he chases them they just go in there tunnels they’re all over under my front porch which I cannot let the dog in the front because it’s a main road I have tried everything in my area I don’t believe you’re allowed to shoot I called the township said there’s nothing they can do tell me to call animal control said I had a two-year wait and informed me $45 for each one they catch that doesn’t count your travel time and the use of their traps The holes in my backyard could swallow a human

  • Emmen Emmen on Feb 02, 2019

    Get an exterminator to trap and relocate them, or you can rent a humane trap from most exterminators and find a great place with good food sources and water and let them go there. They should let you know what to use to lure them into the trap.