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Ground Hogs!! UGH!

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  • Ground Hogs!! UGH!

    So apparently there is aground hog under my hay shed. We keep pushing the dirt back and filling the hole he comes out of but he just keeps re-digging it. Tried the cat littler/poop trick and bought some spray thats supposed to repel them which obviously doesnt work. Smoke bombs are not an option since its under my hay shed. So what else can I do to get rid of this guy?

  • #2
    I thought we had a groundhog under the edge of our barn and found out it was a skunk family. Lovely.
    I've heard mothballs should work.
    Good luck!


    • #3
      I hear ya... mothballs have not worked for me, plus it made the hay smell bad near the bottom and the horses didn't eat it. I did that last year and I STILL smell mothballs somewhere in the barn (and the groundhogs are still there). Filling in the holes with ROCKS hasn't worked. We tried filling hole with manure, they dug it out. I tried the used kitty litter and they kicked that out too. I blockaded it with boards and they just made new holes elsewhere. Oh, oil of peppermint was suggested but they liked that too. I was thinking of pounding rebar in all around the base of the barn every few inches but seriously... that's a lot of rebar and we have very rocky ground. I suppose you could trap and relocate, or resort to shooting them which is the direction we're headed.

      ManyDogs... EEK! Did you get rid of them, or is this an ongoing saga?


      • #4
        You obviously need a dachshund,
        ... _. ._ .._. .._


        • #5
          Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
          You obviously need a dachshund,
          Works for me
          I wasn't always a Smurf
          Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
          "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
          The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


          • #6
            We've tried everything also ... nothing works but trapping and dispatching to the great beyond. It always bothers me, but I understand that relocating them puts them in jeopardy with no safe haven and competition from others, so it seems the lesser of two evils. And, they are unbelievable destructive to structures. We're in the process of pouring new cement slabs after years of trying to keep them from under one of our outbuildings. : (


            • #7
              Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
              You obviously need a dachshund,
              ...or a Jack Russell...
              Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.


              • #8
                two things work for me, pouring ammonia down the hole and then filling it in with rocks.... pester the dang thing every day until it feels so hassled it decides to leave.

                I hate groundhogs I would love a dachshund to make ground - hog out of mine.
                Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


                • Original Poster

                  Still no luck with the ground hog. Still putting cat litter, horse poop, etc in the hole and surrounding areas, been 2 days with no activity so Im hoping I stunk him out but we shall see. As for the dachshind and jrt, I'd consider that if I didnt already have 2 pugs. ; useless around the farm but the cuddle factor wins hands down and hubby would kill me if I brought home another dog.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                    You obviously need a dachshund,

                    And, we did the cat poop thing and then put pea gravel to fill the hole. The guy at the garden center told me they don't like the pea gravel because they think the hole is caving in on them?! I don't know, but it did work for us. Good luck.
                    Quality Hunter Ponies


                    • #11
                      The kitty litter trick has always worked for me........except once. I got a tip on the COTH to use ammonia soaked rags and push them down the hole. It not only worked with the groundhogs but also the skunk family under the brush pile.


                      • #12
                        Don't worry, I'll send Sydney Weasely aka large rodent serial killer over to take care of that for you
                        Barn rat for life


                        • Original Poster

                          Guess Im trying the ammonia soaked rags tonight. wcporter, when shall I expect Sydney Weasley?


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by the_other_mother View Post
                            Guess Im trying the ammonia soaked rags tonight. wcporter, when shall I expect Sydney Weasley?
                            Depends on where you live. As soon as tomorrow if you're near by

                            All you have to do is let her parade it around for 5 mins afterwards.
                            Barn rat for life


                            • #15
                              I would opt for a gun. I had a rabid one at my place in Loudoun County, near the WVa border many years ago. I would never let another one move in and would not hesitate to kill. Pease do not relocate the damned things, there are more than enough of them and the holes can kill someone driving a tractor in a field, a horse, a cow and of course there is always the very rare, but real issue of spread of disease.

                              Rabies is not to be trifled with or poo pooed because you have never had it. The stupid sheriff's deputy would not believe it was rabid, and animal control made us bag it up and bring it in because they thought it was a sow defending a nest?! In fall!? The poor crazy thing stood on it's tiptoes and rushed at me aiming for it's other hole. Thankfully for me and my 3 month coonhound puppy who stood up in it's face, it dig not exhibit the "mad" biting syndrome that sometimes comes. At that time there was no 3 month vaccine and I had a kennel of even younger puppies nearby.

                              I was also lucky that my husband was home as I was driven up the side of the kennel fence and clung there screaming for him. I knew it was rabies from the get go.

                              I would never wish that situation on my worst enemy. I had nightmares and could not even look at a groundhog for a long while (without wanting to shoot it).

                              My labrador was a great groundhog killer, as was my friend's old spaniel cross, I also had a redbone coonhound who actually dug one out and killed it! That took persistence but LucyBelle was worth her weight in gold. Pests are pests and groundhogs do not have much redeeming value as far as I know, except maybe their pelts.

                              Find someone with a good groundhog dog and keep it for a while or shoot it is my suggestion. God bless the Sydney Weasley's of the world. I would definitely not send my Jack Russell after a groundhog, they can tear a smaller dog up.
                              "We, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit." JFK


                              • #16
                                We have this :
                                If there are no pets in Heaven then I want to go where they went !!!
                                RIP Maybe June 13,1993-Sept.23,2006,Dexter March 11,1983-Sept.23,2009, Joey 1997?-June 21,2012, Abbey Dec.7, 2003-Aug.29-2016.


                                • #17
                                  How much kitty litter are you using? I waited until I had a 5 gallon bucketful of mostly cat poop and pee and it worked a charm. Clean our your kitty box and save everything for about a month...that should do it.

                                  Though honestly if you can shoot it, do. I did kitty litter because my hole was too near the road to make that a viable option. Mine moved into my backyard but I leave him be now, he's well away from the horses.


                                  • #18
                                    I feel your pain!

                                    I'm doing the Caddyshack thing too! Mine had cubs too. I fill in hole w/kitty litter and she's gone about a week then returns.....keep using the kitty litter and harass them. Also read to remove their water source if there's one nearby. Removed dogs water bucket I used to leave outside. My basset is useless and likes being inside in the AC anyway so....
                                    Next is to use predator pee near the hole. Apparently she knows my basset ain't no predator cuz that didn't work. Hitting Walmart for some fox pee next!!
                                    'Stay tuned and let us know if you findsomething that works! I'm fighting one too! I'm not giving up on the animal poos and filling in hole....makes me feel....."useful"!!!


                                    • #19
                                      We used the kitty litter with fairly good results, but nothing works like the SSS method. It's sad, but not as sad as having to put down a horse with a broken leg
                                      "A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority." Rick Warren


                                      • #20
                                        we've had very good luck with putting dry ice down there and covering up the hole.