There are many different names for a Clarksville groundhog. While some people simply refer to it as a Tennessee groundhog, others refer to it as the whistle pig or a Clarksville woodchuck. The groundhog is a rodent that belongs to the sciurid family. Marmots, also known as the big land squirrels are the closest relatives of the groundhog. While marmots are known to live on high rocky lands such as mountains, woodchuck or groundhog prefers to live on the ground. This is the prime reason why they often become a headache for home and property owners. The appearance of this animal is rather unique. As compared to marmots, It has a curved body and a short thick tail.
As far as their size goes, they happen to about 4o to 65 cm in length and weight about 2 to 4 kilograms, making them the largest animal in the sciurid family. However, many groundhogs that get a good diet and safely survive without falling prey to predators manage to grow as long as 80 centimeters hence weighing about 14 kg. Normally, a groundhog carries two types of fur coats. First, it has a layer of an undercoat that is grey in color along with a longer coat that carries guard hairs. Now in case you end up finding one living in your property, you will know it is a groundhog at first sight.
There are plenty of methods that are tried to repel groundhogs. These include wedding the survive over their dens by using sprinklers, and by installing a noise source near their den. This is because groundhogs tend to prefer dry land over the wetland. Moreover, they love their privacy and peace. As a result of this, they feel very uncomfortable to external noise. Tricks like these may finally result in the Waterhog leaving its dwelling. However, in case it has already settled, chances are that it is not going anywhere.
The use of mothball and ammonia is rumored to have an effect on groundhogs. However, this is simply a rumor. In truth, groundhogs do not get repelled by ammonia or mothballs. So the use of both of these so-called repellants would not do you any good. Instead, it will simply waste your time.
Normally, a groundhog will be found somewhere near the most vegetative area of your property. In case you have a farm or vegetables growing on the ground, you can expect the groundhog’s den to be somewhere nearby due to a huge availability of food supply.
Instead of using repellants, trapping the groundhog in an exclusion cage would be a far better and more efficient method of getting rid of it. Alternatively, many people also kill such rodents that dwell in or near their property. However, killing an innocent animal is not a humane practice.
To get rid of them, you may as well give a call to your nearest animal control company and discuss your issues with them. Due to a good amount of training and experience, professionals at a good animal control company will easily be able to find a customized solution for you.
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