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Banishing the groundhogs!

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    The kitty litter thing sounds interesting, I'll have to give it a shot! A few nights ago, I went out to the barn to feed and bring the horses in, and found a mountain of stone dust and dirt in the aisle . Flipping woodchucks had dug a big hole under a stall wall and two more in one of the stalls that I use--had to make an emergency run to get bleach to pour down the holes. It works pretty well to keep them away, but used kitty litter sounds better. Do you have to leave the hole open for a few days before filling it in? Does using mostly poopy litter or mostly pee litter make a difference? I HATE WOODCHUCKS. Stupid things need to go far, far away.
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      I've waited a few days before filling the holes in -- to give them a chance to get out and leave. Not sure if you really have to though, although I think it makes sense to.

      Never distinguished between the kinds of cat waste put down the hole, just done everything from the litterbox!
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        Interesting about kitty litter. But I can tell you from my experience that dog poop does not work!
        For the burrow under my deck, I used some moth flakes so he did move out of that one. (It was under the deck so the dogs couldnt get to it. A little goes a long way cuz it stinks for a while!)
        I would think the kitty litter solution would only work for a small area - otherwise wouldnt the 'chuck just move a bit farther away but still in your pasture?


          Originally posted by Trakehner View Post
          For groundhogs there are two simple ways.

          The Tennis Ball treatment. Take a tennis ball and soak it in kerosene. Put it on a shovel, light it and roll it down the hole (phosgene gas) very well and is cheap.

          There's a ground hog/mole killer that fills the holes with propane and then ignites it...bye, bye!
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            I used some worms - plastic of some sort - from a company called TomCat. They have these worms you put in the run ways, and the mole, ground hog comes along sees the worm and eats it and dies in the run.

            Works for me EVERY time. I put one or two in a runway, cover hole you made with a big rock, or brick, not dirt.

            They sell them at Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart.


            There is a video to watch of how the mole eats the worm.

            I would think ground hogs eat worms too and if they ate THESE worms they would die for sure. Maybe I am wrong. Worth a try.

            Trapping them is the best way to get rid of them. I would try food (the above worms) and see if they will cease and desist.

            We have had ground hog holes in our pasture we have had to fill, with, of course, horse poop. Takes time. There were lots of them. Horses know where the holes are though, and steer clear of them.


              I had em under the porch, under the barn, under the smoke house, in the pastures, under the corncrib when I moved in. Shot. every. last. one. with a 30-06. Well, I did run one down with a pistol of the .380 variety. It took an entire summer. If you arise in the morning in the summer, look out your bedroom window, you will see them grazing contentedly on clover. And yes, the pastures were mowed. Raise the bedroom window. This causes them to stand straight up and look around. Bust the hog. Forget that hubby is still sleeping. Start CPR on hubby. Mark another dead hog on the calendar, so you can retell your story accurately.
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                Originally posted by MsM View Post
                I would think the kitty litter solution would only work for a small area - otherwise wouldnt the 'chuck just move a bit farther away but still in your pasture?
                No, they don't move a few feet away and dig another hole. They don't like mowed grass, they prefer the cover of longer grass (like a hayfield). I have several hay fields and perhaps they move there. At any rate, wherever they move, it is not in my horse fields (I have about 20 acres in horse fields).
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                  We have rid ourselves of them! (almost a little sad with this winter we have been having up in CNY... I am really in the mood to take out some lying groundhogs!!!) After trying used bedding, used kitty litter, drowning them, and shooting and removing them, I found the solution!!!

                  For ground hog removal I highly suggest the .22 long rifle.

                  Find someone who is a good shot, knows the local laws, and has some time on their hands. (check your local farmers if you don't have hunters in the family...)

                  Watch to see what their usual habits are, (mine liked to come out in the morning... which meant hunting in my PJs some mornings) Once you know the usual schedule, have your hunter take a 4-wheeler or truck or tractor, drive it out and park it before they are usually out. Have them sit there so there is no foot noise on the ground, bring a cup of coffee and wait. When they pop up, move slowly to raise the rifle to your shoulder, and than fire hitting them preferably in the head (I got real good with getting them between the eyes), make sure they are dead (may take a second shot if they missed the kill shot). Then bury them in their own hole. Turns out they really don't like digging through other dead groundhogs. Gruesome concept but it works wonders.

                  We had a serious problem with them tearing up the main riding field so I used this method and once I had one dead one buried in each hole the rest of the colony moved elsewhere. Boy did I get a lot of weird looks from the neighbors stalking groundhogs at 6:00am in my pjs with my camo rifle, but they are gone now!

                  Good Luck!


                    What do you use to fill in the holes?


                      While you're at it, take out that rodent in PA since he can't project the weather worth a crap.


                        Resurrecting this to thank all for recommending the Used Kitty Litter from The Box! It worked!!!

                        Darn lil bugger moved in under my tack room floor... 2 exit holes, one of which went up into my mare's stall. Grrrrr.

                        I dumped a big bag o'ammonia filled used litter down that hole first. I figured I'd leave one hole available for it to exit thru!

                        A week later, I dumped another big bag down hole number 2. So far, no sign of it's return!

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