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I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?

 
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I like whistle pigs. Another name for the little marmot.
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Why, Darlin, that's easy! Just catch a skunk and throw him under the porch...poof, no more ground hog!!!


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Fox urine power didn't work for me. Try the gas. Thats what I'm going to do. They live under my shed and have seriously messed up its stability.
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call animal control tommorow or spca may be able to help also...
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easy- mothballs! works for skunks too!
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
I don't want to hurt the GH, just make him move away. Anything to make it less attractive.I don't have a dog anymore and that seems to be an invitation to move in.
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
They pile dirt and debris up to the floor joists which will rot your floor out and cause all sorts of damage to house foundations.
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Just pack your stuff and move out OP. Give the house to the groundhog. Give it up. They have more rights than us.
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
Play some loud Rap music.

If that doesn't work try New Age.

Keep trying until you find something he doesn't like.
"Everybody lies."
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
a long time ago I read that someone got rid of a family of skunks under their house by installing a light under there that burned 24 hours a day. The skunks didn't like the light and left. That sounded pretty sensible to me.

I think the repellent ideas on this thread are the answer. I'm sure ammonia soaked rags would be pretty repulsive to a woodchuck. If he can go back in the ravine he will.

Anyway this is kind of an old thread, if OP is around, did the woodchuck leave?
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live trap. they like bananas. then take it far FAR away and let him/her loose.
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
I don't want to hurt the GH, just make him move away. Anything to make it less attractive.I don't have a dog anymore and that seems to be an invitation to move in.



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what the hell is that thing??? it's the ugliest animal i think i've ever seen.
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
I am really concerned about the foundation of the house. We had 3.8 inches of rain on Saturday and he has dug 4 entrances that could attract water. Thank you for the suggestions.I have a ravine in back where they have always lived and that does not bother me. I just don't want them under the porch.
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Hi Humane Eviction... We have the same problem. Have had a groundhog (or two) living in our yard and under our shed for over 20 years. We were away on vacation last week and it decided to move in under our front porch (concrete slab). I love the little guy, however, we are also worried about our porch caving in... especially since he made 3 large holes within 25 feet. We have always had dogs, so that didn't seem to prevent him from coming within 5 feet of our front door... although, since we were on vacation, maybe he thought we moved out so he would move in!!! ;o)

I do agree with AC about trapping and moving him. They are territorial and I am sure another groundhog wouldn't like to have a stranger dumped on their doorstep. I think I will try the rags and amonia or the pepper flakes and see if that works. As soon as I think he has stopped visiting these new dens, my hubby will have to fill the holes with concrete to support the porch. Hopefully that will work.

Also, I think that is the problem with the human race today (well, many of us)... we think we are God and if some animal, creature, or any living thing gets in our way, whether it be in our back yard, where we want to cut down the forests, drill for oil, etc., the answer is to just get rid of them... so sad!
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Cotton balls soaked in either peppermit or wintergreen dropped down the hole ! He will NEVER come back !

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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
use dubble bubble chewing gum or bubble yum it works well i eliminated a bunch that were under my shed
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
Why do you want him/her to move?

If they (it) cannot get into the house proper, and are not doing any damage to the structure, let them stay.

We have a family of raccoons in the shed attic (a converted metal migrant workers shack). They are doing less damage than the feral cats, the squirrels and the rats. In fact I have seen a remarkable drop in rat and mice population since the raccoons moved in.

Ground hogs eat a variety of plant material (which means they could be a potential threat to your garden conversely if you have a lot of weeds or a 'natural habitat' they could clean that area up for you) however they also eat a wide variety of pest insects (beetles, centipedes, etc).

Ground Hogs are also known as Woodchucks: [link to www.enature.com]

Also known as 'Whistle Pigs': [link to blogcritics.org]


Personally I would assess the damage they are doing and the potential damage they could cause.

If upon inspection of the under porch you find no damage, or burrowing undermining the porch, foundation and supports. And if I did not have a veg garden near by or see visible damage in the garden, I would let him/her/them live out their lives and see if over the long term their presence has a negative or positive impact.

If it is positive, let them stay, if negative then you need to get under the porch and 'scare' the out, then seal up the porch area.

Study up on their habits (start here: [link to www.enature.com] and you will have a fair idea on how to treat this one.

If its male then you will only have it in its burrow. If its female then it will have its litter.

From that site:

Woodchucks are beneficial in moderate numbers. Their defecation inside the burrow, in a special excrement chamber separate from the nesting chamber, fertilizes the earth. Their digging loosens and aerates the soil, letting in moisture and organic matter while bringing up subsoil for transformation into topsoil (in New York State they turn over 1.6 million tons of soil each year).
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Nuke em from orbit....its the only way to be sure....
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stick your finger up his arse, that'll work.
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
Set out a pan of supple snaps aka green beans to rustle his hunger.

Set a trap/ relocate.

Last Edited by ALeopardSanctuary on 07/09/2009 11:09 AM
Brother sun, intuition moon. Home at the forest.

Sure every post I have mentions goat blood...How do you think we get plasma tv's?

Organic needs are being assaulted. I'm not amused by this & encourage all to grow heirloom seed for themselves.

The garden gives greatest power.
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
I still don't understand the danger of having a groundhog under your front porch. Am I missing something? Why not just let the poor thing be? We've already taken up it's home. I DON'T FUCKING GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!! I've got a zillion lizards on AND below my porch. I'm not out to kill them. I know a groundhog is not a lizard but I'll bet you 50 bucks neither one of them wants to do harm to people.
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04/09/2010 01:20 AM
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Fill the tunnels with water.
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04/09/2010 01:22 AM
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
Why do you want him/her to move?

If they (it) cannot get into the house proper, and are not doing any damage to the structure, let them stay.

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They carry fleas, and fleas can carry the bubonic plague and other diseases.

They multiply and their holes ruin the landscape. If one is bad, imagine twenty.

They don't pay rent. They can stay when they pay get a job.
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04/09/2010 01:34 AM
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
Maybe the poster with the owls on camera will loan you one? I know you don't want to hurt it, but baby owls get hungry. We don't have groundhogs here, so can't really tell you.
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04/09/2010 01:36 AM
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live trap. they like bananas. then take it far FAR away and let him/her loose.
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Our city loans out live traps for free...just a $20 deposit that's refunded. Check with local animal control.
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
[youtube]I Know all of what you have said, and I don't want to hurt any animals, but in a house with no basement, we have critters we don't want in the crawlspace. a woodchuck can actually, via tunnelling, make a house shift by a few degrees, and I refuse to go any further with your dumb ass!
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Can of dog food laced with poison or a more humane approach that involves the county. Numbers should be in the yellow pages.
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Wait for Groundhog Day and it will come out to party. hf
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
OP, I haven't read any of your thread, but I do know something that will definitely work. Throw 1 mothball under the porch where he hangs out. If one doesn't cause him to leave throw another one. Try to throw them where you can get them back out with a hoe if you need to. If you throw too many you won't be able to enjoy your porch for the smell... he will be gone. : )
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Re: I have a groundhog under my front porch. How do I get rid of him?
This post is 2 years old, I'm sure the OP got rid of the groundhog by now.
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rock music he'll leave...classical he'll stay and want supper!

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