Groundhog / Woodchuck Removal Service in Indiana, Southern Michigan, West Ohio, and Parts of Kentucky and Illinois
Providing professional groundhog removal, control, and animal-pest trapping.
We trap and remove groundhogs, also known as woodchucks that are burrowing under decks, digging under sheds and groundhogs that have den holes in banks or landscaping. American Animal Control ® LLC’s wildlife-pest removal technicians are licensed specialists and we remove and control the woodchucks, groundhogs in your yard.
American Animal Control ® LLC specializes in groundhog or woodchuck removal and control from start to finish! After we remove the groundhogs from under your deck, shed, or yard, we will provide you with a quote to either fill in holes with concrete and top soil or install a deck or shed pest guard barrier. American Animal Control ® LLC offers the highest quality signature custom deck and shed barriers on the market. Only American Animal Control ® LLC will offer its customers an unlimited 5 year guarantee on all deck and shed pest guard barriers.
If you are having problems with groundhogs or woodchucks digging in your yard, landscaping, or burrowing holes for their den sites under your deck or shed, our professional groundhog trappers can remove them from your property and prevent them from coming back. American Animal Control ® LLC is the most recommended wildlife-pest removal company by many professional landscapers, pest control companies, and lawn care professionals in Indiana and Michigan.
Professional Groundhog Removal
Removal of Groundhogs in Indiana We get groundhogs out from under decks and sheds, trap and remove woodchucks destroying foundations. After we remove the groundhogs from under your shed or deck we can provide you with a “pest guard” deck barrier. Check out our page on our signature custom deck and shed barriers procedure.
Woodchucks or “groundhogs” are a rodent in the same family as squirrels. They usually weigh no more than 14 pounds, and are about 25 inches long, including the tail. Their fur is a yellowish-brown to black in color. They have short legs and a bushy tail. They hibernate throughout the winter in underground burrows usually dug on land with a slight slope. Winter burrows are usually in wooded areas, whereas summer burrows are found near grassy or agricultural fields where food is available, sometimes under a barn. It is common for a woodchuck or groundhog to have more than one summer burrow and make multiple entrances. Groundhog or woodchucks are territorial, except during the breeding season, and will defend their burrows against intruders. They will make noise with their incisors and use short, sharp whistles to warn other groundhogs/woodchucks of danger. They are not fast runners, but will defend themselves when threatened without a way to escape.
Woodchuck or Goundhogs in Indiana & Southern Michigan are found statewide in a variety of habitats. They prefer meadows, pastures, crop fields, and yards that are close to a woody edge. They are common in brushy or weedy areas along fence rows or road right-of-ways.
Groundhogs and woodchucks breed in late February or March but usually not until the animal is close to 2 years old. Four to five young are born in April or May. A woodchuck or “groundhog” will give birth to only one litter per year. The young will start to find their own territory when they are just a few months old.
Groundhogs and woodchucks eat plants such as grasses, ferns, leaves of bushes, and fruit. If they awake out of hibernation prior to new plant growth, they will eat bark and small branches. They will occasionally eat insects, eggs, and young birds, and will eat beans, peas, carrot tops, alfalfa and soybeans, if available. An adult groundhog can consume over a pound of vegetation each day.
To prevent a woodchuck in the from eating your shrubs or plants in your garden, install a fence around them that is at least 3 feet high, made of heavy poultry or 2-inch mesh woven wire, and staked at a 45-degree angle. You must also bury the wire below ground to prevent them from digging underneath. An electric wire fence placed 4-5 inches above ground outside the fence will also discourage climbing and digging underneath the fence, but should not be used in an area where children or pets may be at risk. The best thing to prevent ground or woodchucks from digging under your deck is to install a deck barrier around the perimeter. Trapping and removing groundhogs is the most beneficial way of dealing with them. Call American Animal control for a professional custom fabricated and installed deck barrier at 877-264-3638.
Scarecrows have been tried to provide temporary relief, but they must be moved around regularly and in conjunction with a high amount of dog or human presence to scare them away.
Woodchuck can be live-trapped using a cage trap baited with apples. You do not need a permit to trap a woodchuck, but you must have permission from a landowner or property manager to release a woodchuck/groundhog on their property. It is not legal to transport and relocate ground hogs in the Indiana & Southern Michigan area without a permit from the Dept of Natural Resources. (DNR)
Shooting, where legal, (Not recommended in city limits ) can also be an effective method for reducing or maintaining a low population of woodchucks. Groundhogs or woodchucks in or near the city of Indiana & Southern Michigan can be captured or killed year-round without a permit or hunting or trapping license from the DNR, and there are no limits to the number that can be taken.
It is always best to call a professional when faced with wildlife conflicts or animal control issues to prevent injury or disease complications. It is best to always call a groundhog removal specialist to avoid any problems that may occur with the removal of groundhogs or woodchucks from under your decks, shed, or digging up your plants or flowers.
Occasionally we have had ground hogs completely under mind foundations of our customers homes or barns. Please give American Animal Control a call if you are experiencing any wildlife conflicts, and one of our licensed professionals will assist you with your groundhog removal problems.