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Have you heard of the movie Groundhog Day? Perhaps you've seen it. It is about a weatherman named Phil Connors, who gets caught in a time loop, living February 2nd, Groundhog Day, over and over again. If you have a groundhog living on your property, you might feel a little bit like Phil right now. Groundhog day is over! Why are you waking up to another day of groundhog frustrations? Is this going to go on forever? We understand how you feel. Having a groundhog take up residence in your yard can drive you crazy. Here are some things that will help you better understand these invasive furry fiends.

A few interesting facts:

  • Groundhogs, (Marmota monax) a.k.a. woodchucks, whistle-pigs, or land-beavers can be found throughout the northeastern United States, much of Canada, and as far north as Alaska.

  • Groundhogs are true hibernators, slowing their metabolism and dropping their body temperature to just a bit warmer than the place they are hibernating. They can survive body temperatures as low as around 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • It is claimed that Punxsutawney Phil's life is extended by a magical shot in the arm, but the fact is, wild groundhogs only live 6-8 years and captive critters a maximum of 14.

  • The "whistle-pig" nickname comes from the high pitched scream they emit to warn other groundhogs of danger.

  • Groundhogs, also called woodchucks, may not actually be any good at chucking wood, but they are excellent diggers; and their burrows are more than just a few holes in the ground. Groundhog tunnels can reach up to nearly 50 feet long and have multiple exits.

A few more interesting facts:

  • Groundhogs cause damage to lawns, digging holes around buildings, fences, patios, decks, and other areas. They also dig in gardens, destroying root systems and killing plants. If you find your majestic sunflowers cut down to short stems, you understand the pain of having groundhogs on your property.

  • Groundhogs can do damage, undetected, for weeks or months, before you realize what you are dealing with. Their tunnels are deep and they can eat away at roots a long time before much damage is actually seen.

  • Groundhogs may damage sprinkler systems. If an animal does enough digging near your hoses or sprinklers, you may find that your sprinkler system is beginning to malfunction. But before you blame it on the manufacturer, consider it may be groundhogs doing the destroying.

  • Groundhogs may make patios, decks, or outbuildings warp and sink. When these animals tunnel underneath sheds, decks, and other structures, it can cause all sorts of problems.

If you would rather not have these destructive animals doing damage day after day after day on your property, it is beneficial to reach out to a professional pest control company. Our wildlife removal specialists here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions can remove groundhogs safely and efficiently, all year long. Call today for a free estimate.

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