Groundhog Control Methods
Please see our Resource Directory for links to retailers who sell many of the Groundhog Control products mentioned below.
- Predator Odors (Coyote urine, Fox urine, etc.)
- Windmills (whirly-birds) - sound emitting
- Scarecrow - must be moved often
- There are not currently any registered groundhog baits available on the market
- Carbon monoxide from engine exhaust or agricultural cartridges.
- Aluminum phosphide
- Many different types of both live and kill traps are currently available for groundhog control.
- Shooting - the groundhog is categorized as a game animal in many states, a valid license may be required - check with your local authorities.
- Professional abatement
- Owl box installation - useful against young and juvenile groundhogs due to their small size; limited effectiveness on the mature groundhog.
- Rene M. Bollengier. Jr., 1994. Woodchucks: Prevention and control of wildlife damage. Assistant Regional Director (retired). USDA-APHIS Animal Damage Control.
- University of Michigan Museum of Zoology - Animal Diversity Web