How to Get Rid of Woodchucks
How many pieces can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Yes, that’s just a cute little tongue twister isn’t it? But, it’s really not so cute when you end up with a woodchuck digging up your garden or huge holes in your lawn. Those pesky critters can be a real nuisance destroying your garden you worked so hard on planting and a lawn that is one of the best looking in the neighborhood. Not only is that an eyesore, but it’s a danger for people to even walk into your yard. Here is a list of some helpful tips on how to get rid of woodchucks.
Put a fence around your garden
1″-3″ of chicken wire or wire mesh fencing should be good enough to take care of the problem. Just remember to bury it at least 12 to 18 inches below the surface and about 2′ above the surface. Remember woodchucks can dig, so the more fencing below, the safest your garden.
When using traps you might want to set it up were the trap door won’t shut for 2 or 3 days. Sometimes, those woodchucks are smarter than we give them credit for and might not fall for the trap until they get used to going in there and eating in a metal cage for a few days. Once captured, take them out into the wild and set them free.
Fumigation is usually done with gas cartridges that produce carbon monoxide or with aluminum phosphide pellets. You should fumigate in late spring before the young leave the nest. Use moist soil to cover the burrows, as to keep the gases inside and there is no escape. This should not be done beneath houses or any other residential buildings. Also, it’s best to check with your conservation officer just to make sure you aren’t breaking any laws.
So, here are few ideas on how to get rid of woodchucks. Some of these tips are humane and some are not so much as humane as the others. Each individual has to decide which way is the best one for them. I’m just try to give you some alternative ideas to rid yourself of those little fellows that dig up your lawn and garden.