Woodchucks, also known as Groundhogs, are large, ground-dwelling rodents. The average adult weighs about 10 pounds and looks stocky in appearance. They are strictly vegetarians and human activities have increased food access and abundance, allowing for the species to thrive. They usually have two dens, one for the summer months and one for the winter. Mating occurs each spring, shortly after emerging from hibernation. A female gives birth to three to five young and they reach maturity and independence typically around two months, so the presence of a multiplied family can create a need for woodchuck removal.
Woodchucks avoid predators by climbing trees, looking up periodically while feeding or producing a shrill warning whistle when they feel threatened. Abandoned woodchuck dens are used by a number of different species, including rabbits, skunks, raccoons, opossums. They are also host to a number of different parasite species, including mites, ticks, fleas, and lice.
The primary problem encountered with groundhogs, or woodchucks, involves their propensity to dig. They can, and do move a lot of dirt. When this digging occurs near a building structure, such as under a concrete deck, the absence of supporting dirt can lead to a vulnerable foundation prone to cracking. The secondary concern is the groundhog’s appetite and the damage it can cause to crops.
For these reasons, many people wish to have this nuisance animal trapped by a woodchuck removal expert.