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Old 08-09-2010, 05:31 AM
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Groundhog Prevention

Anyone have any ideas on how to prevent groundhogs from burrowing under my garage? I haven't come up with a good way to deter them from digging under the slab. I can get rid of them after they are there, but can't devise a plan to keep them out...
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In PA we trapped them, hauled them afield and released them. Found this to be the cheapest, least labor intensive method of dealing w/them. Could'a shot them, but didn't feel like digging a hole to bury them or hauling their dead selves to be gotten rid of. Besides, they're just trying to make a living- unless they're destroying my goods, that's not a capitol offense. And no- I'm not a tree hugger.

There are devices that can be made (or bought, perhaps) that will suffocate them in the burrow. Problem w/that is, if they die down there you may have the stench for a good while.

You could secure appropriate fencing material to the side wall then down to the ground at a 45 angle, but I don't know but they'd just go under that to get to your slab.
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only thing I know of is to bury metal wire fence along the slab. Also heard dog urine will scare them off so if you have a dog persuade them to pee on your garage.
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:35 AM
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Google "hot to get rid of ground hog's". There's a host of remidies on the first page.
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above works, but asking a bunch of garage dwellers is more fun.

I'd go with trapping them and releasing them out in the countryside. I think its morally wrong to kill a critter for no purpose.
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Ground hogs ??????

Hi,throw a BUNCH of mothballs into the hole...they hate the smell...
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You could try mothballs. A lot of varmints don't like these.
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Did this in my garden....Put up a bunch of kids pinwheels, they dont like the movement.....acts kind of like a scarecrow..........and looks purdy......
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above works, but asking a bunch of garage dwellers is more fun.

I'd go with trapping them and releasing them out in the countryside. I think its morally wrong to kill a critter for no purpose.
I agree with this but I also disagree with dumping problem animals next to some other persons house for them to deal with. I would never shoot an animal for just the heck of it but if they are doing damage then I believe you have purpose even if you don't plan on eating it.
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I too am an animal lover. BUT I had a groundhog get under the porch on one of my rental houses. Then he burrowed 4 ft. straight down the crawl space wall under the footing and up the other side. Into the house and came out under the kitchen sink.

The tennants called social services and reported a giant rat was in the house. Sheriff called, animal controll etc. They didn't get the animal. A couple of days later I caught her in a live trap. Painted a large white spot on her back with rustoleum spray can and released her two miles from the house. Nice well populated swamp.. TWO WEEKS LATER she was on the front porch..

Sorry old gal,,,bang!!
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Moth balls is all you need, the critters hate them! I have used moth balls for years out here in the boonies where groundhogs and other vermin are quite a problem. Just spread them around the edge of the building and the ground hogs will disappear.
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In this instance they are causing damage. They are removing the gravel from under the slab in my out building. I'm concerned that this will eventually lead to a cracked floor.

Anyone ever heard of using an above ground electric fence, like what you would use for a horse pasture? I'm considering giving that a try by installing it close to the ground and maybe even making several passes along the ground with it to create a "no go zone". They could still dig under it but maybe they won't.
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I like the one on google that says run a hose from your exhaust pipe into the hole.
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CO is somewhat lighter than air, so it would take sealing the hole off w/the hose inside to force the fumes down the burrow.
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If there's one entry point/tunnel you need to block. They don't like human hair. The barber will be glad to give you a bag - just stuff it down and bury it.
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