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Protecting your Property from Groundhog Damage

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, marmots, or “whistle-pigs” in the south, are common, large rodents in North America. Rodents are classified as mammals with strong, continuously-growing incisors without canine teeth. In Colorado, where there is lots of open land and farms, groundhogs are a considerable nuisance to homeowners, business owners, and farmers alike. These pests build complex burrows that can destroy lawns, building foundations, and crop fields. Their massive underground tunnels not only affect aesthetics; they create hazards for vehicles, equipment, and buildings. Call the experts at Creature Control to effectively trap and remove these pests, ensuring your infrastructure is safe from damage.

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Groundhogs: Tunnel Masters and the Possible Effects

Groundhogs are known to burrow and dig in areas occupied by humans. They build extensive underground tunnels, up to 45 feet in length with a depth of five feet and usually several separate entrances. These tunnels serve as their habitat for sleeping, rearing young, and hibernating. Their sleeping quarters are generally built against structures with overhead stability, such as a concrete slab or a crawl space. Massive piles of dirt accompanied by large holes in the ground near your foundation, under a shed, deck, brick patio, or retaining wall are telltale signs of a groundhog’s presence.

Anything aboveground near a groundhog burrow is susceptible to damage, as the tunnels significantly loosen the Earth. Farm equipment can sink into holes and become stuck. Large livestock such as horses and cows can step into a den and injure their legs or hooves. Buildings can shift from their foundation. Since groundhogs are rodents, they are continuously gnawing; they consume almost any type of vegetation, including underground cables. Before things get out of hand, call Creature Control to assist in removing these pests from your property.

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Humanely Removing Groundhogs

Poisons should never be used on groundhogs; there are no approved rodenticides made for them. It is not recommended to use toxic bait for rats or other pests on groundhogs. Using a pesticide other than for what is specified on the label is considered a crime. Instead, give Creature Control a call to remove groundhogs and other rodents humanely.

Our technicians have the experience and professionalism you can trust. We efficiently bait, trap, and remove groundhogs from your property. Constant maintenance and attention to detail are imperative to success. Since groundhogs are known to be herbivores, it is crucial to remove all food sources from the surrounding area. Groundhog traps need to be camouflaged, as these rodents are commonly suspicious of new items in their environment. Once trapped, groundhogs can become aggressive, snarling and thrashing within. All groundhogs captured by Creature Control are relocated at least 15 miles away from the original site.

Other groundhogs or burrowing species might find the empty habitat an attractive home due to the pungent pheromone scent left behind. Sometimes, rat walls and other barriers are necessary for permanent exclusion. Rat walls are an effective way to exclude other burrowing animals such as raccoons, opossums, skunks, chipmunks, and mice. Creature Control can assist you with groundhog removal from beginning to end. Call us to schedule a consultation with one of our experts today.

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

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