Hi, I’m Jim Harman, California pest management.
If you grew up on a farm, you probably are familiar with woodchucks, groundhogs, but
as we push more and more of our homes into the farmlands and we start making it into
our urban settings, or suburbia, we run into more and more of these wildlife pests that
were in the farms. Now they’re taking over and going into our backyards, into our backyard
gardens, our landscapes, and creating a major pest. Groundhogs are rodent pests that will
feed on almost anything. They destroy plants. They’ve been a problem for farmers for years.
Unfortunately there’s not much you can do. One product, called Ropel, which is a mothball
type of product in a long rope, you can place that around thee outside. It’s gotta be redone
every two to four months, around thee outside of the house. That prevents them from coming
up to the house, and puttin’ around your property, well, hopefully you got a small size property
’cause the stuffs not that cheap, and it still has to be redone, and you’re going to have
that smell of mothballs constantly. Now if you’ve got one on your property, trapping
is the only way really get rid of ’em. There’s a kill trap called a Shear Grip Two-Twenty.
That is one product that does work. It is a kill. It basically crushes the head as they’re
coming up out of the burrow. There’s another couple live traps. You pick ’em up and you
have to take ’em literally, other side of town. Get ’em at least five to ten miles away
from your property. Other than that, that’s the thing you really can do. Good luck.