While Punxsutawney Phil may be fun to watch every February 2nd, he is not much fun when he takes up residence in your yard, under your residence, or under one of your buildings. Advantage Wildlife Solutions provides nuisance groundhog removal and exclusions in Virginia. Call us today and we will be happy to come out and help you with your unwelcome guests. While you're waiting for us, you may want to learn a little about groundhogs and how they live.
The Groundhog, or Woodchuck, (Marmota Momax) is very prevalent throughout Virginia and is considered a nuisance species by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. They are diurnal animals, which means that they are most active in the morning and evening hours. They are usually a grizzled, brownish-gray, and weigh between 5 and 10 pounds and when startled will often emit a shrill whistle - which earned them the nickname "Whistlepig". Most people are not aware that groundhogs are good climbers, and it is not unusual for them to climb trees.
Damage by groundhogs can range from mild to severe. They are often guilty of damaging vegetable and ornamental plants as well as shrubs and trees. Their diggings can undermine foundations, decks, driveways, swimming pools, and pond dams and dikes. They often chew on buried cables and wires and also building supports. Advantage Wildlife Solutions once handled a call where a groundhog had been trapped inside a structure, and the animal had done significant damage to drywall and moldings before it managed to escape the building.
In late August and September, groundhogs have voracious appetites as they prepare to hibernate. This deep sleep, when body temperatures drop and heart rate slows to four beats per minute, usually begins in October and continues through February. They mate during March, shortly after emergence. In April four to five young are born. The young woodchucks remain in the den for about two months, leaving the nest in July to establish their own burrows and territories.
Removing a nuisance groundhog from your property does not have to be a sequel to the movie "Caddyshack", call Advantage Wildlife Solutions today and let us handle the problem.
Advantage Wildlife Solutions
PO Box 257
Shenandoah VA 22849
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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