The Q&A Archives: Getting Rid of Groundhogs

Question: How do I prevent ground hogs from destroying my vegetable plants? I am already trying to trap them and have so far got one, who I believe was the mother. I brought it to our local Humane Society who in turn let it free elsewhere. I suspected there were more and when I returned, I reset the trap, baiting it with apples and planted yellow marigolds around my vegetable garden. I was correct and saw four more smaller ground hogs. So far I have had no luck trapping them and they have not bothered the garden YET.

Answer: It sometimes takes patience to trap groundhogs. You might need to reposition the trap if they have changed their daily route through the area and of course you need to maintain a fresh supply of bait in the trap. However, groundhogs can be very nasty creatures and as a result are quite dangerous. You might wish to consult with a local professional rather than trap them yourself.

With regard to your marigolds, keep in mind there are many "home remedies" for deterring or repelling various animals, but in the long run a fence is usually the most reliable solution. A very sturdy wire mesh fence run both above and below ground will keep woodchucks (and bunnies!) out of the vegetable garden.

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