Beneficial Insects→Wood chuck/ground hog

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Mar 20, 2021 9:40 AM CST
I have a wood chuck that ate all my tomatoes just before harvest time last year. I set a live trap but only caught 1 rabbit that I set free. I thought for sure I would catch squirrels. Anyways this wood chuck has out smarted me and that trap. Anything I can do to make it uninterested in my tomatoes? Or cucumbers, peppers as well. I am thinking of fencing in the garden, its in my back yard. I might just get the whole back yard fenced in. I live in the city but it is a nice size back yard. A wooden or vinyl fenced in yard might help a lot.

Name: PollinatorPlanter
Northern Ohio (Zone 6b)
Mar 20, 2021 2:11 PM CST
I have a ground hog problem. Last year, they ate my collards and kale. Oddly enough, they left my tomatoes alone. I plan to grow swiss chard this year, an absolute favorite for them.
This year I am going to use Poultry fencing. The thing is, these creatures dig underground. So I'm getting fencing that's 5 feet high. I'm going to dig a perimeter in which I will bury 1 foot of the fencing underground. Don't know if this will work, but at least it will deter rabbits. I've heard of people using wolf's urine and spraying it around their property. You can order it online. The only thing is that you have to reapply it frequently. I've heard that people use this again deer. Good Luck!
Atlantic County, NJ
Mar 20, 2021 6:05 PM CST
Hi doodneko, Ground Hogs are a real problem for veggie growers. If you know where your pest has its burrow you can put the trap right up to the hole at night with some nice apples or cantaloupes as bait. Had to do that with a female and her 3 kids a few summers ago that took up residence under our shed. They walked right into the trap. You have to take them at least 10 miles away from their home or they will find their way back. Like PollinatorPlanter said - You have to plant your fence AT LEAST a foot below ground as they are super diggers. You also have to dig your fence line at least 18' away from your plants. Don't forget that these critters also can climb!! Shocked me to see one in a small tree. Can't climb like raccoons but they can get into a tree. Tried the wolf urine, coyote urine, moth balls, Critter Ridder, etc. Doesn't work on Jersey Gophers.

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