Easy-to-Follow Trapping Tips and Instructions to Catch a Pesky Groundhog

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Are pesky Groundhogs wreaking havoc on your lawn? These creatures can be damaging pests to your landscape and garden when they feed on your plants or create their burrows. Once these large rodents have settled on the area, they are persistent about staying there.

If groundhogs/woodchucks are creating problems on your property, there are plenty of effective control options that allow you to eliminate these pests without harming them. Trapping is one of those excellent methods of groundhogs’ control. Read on easy-to-follow trapping tips and instructions to help you get the job done!

Top 6 Instructive Tips to Trap a Pesky Groundhog

Groundhog damageGroundhogs can be a huge problem for farmers. When their population surge, these pests will damage food plots and crops. While farmers can practice groundhog control by shooting, such control methods are not an option when destructive groundhogs move around your property in a residential neighborhood.

As woodchucks more often leave in populated areas, it becomes more difficult to control them. They will feed on just about any flower or plant around your home which means you plants will be quickly damaged with their feeding.

The most efficient way to remove a bothersome woodchuck from your yard is with a live trap.

Groundhogs use high-pitched shrills for communication with one another.

So, how to catch a groundhog? Remember, groundhogs are cautious critters. If you want to successfully catch the animal, pay attention to the following tips.

  1. Steel trapChoose the trap
    Size is the most important criteria when purchasing a live woodchuck trap. The trap should give the animal enough space to fully enter it. We suggest selecting the trap that is from thirty-two to forty-two inches in length.
  2. Place a trapThink where to place the trap
    Don’t know where to place the cage? The best place for the trap is in the most-groundhog-activity locations. That’s why you need to locate a burrow. After that, set your trap 6-10 ft from the entrance.
    Is it difficult for you to locate a burrow? Then place the trap in a place where you have seen the most woodchuck damage or where this animal frequents.
  3. Hide your trapMake your trap more inviting

    Do you know that groundhogs are cautious and wary critters? This is the main reason why they maybe reluctant to enter some unnaturally-for-them cage trap.

    To make your trap more inviting, camouflage it with some special cover elements like:

    • Brush,
    • Twigs,
    • Dirt,
    • Grass,
    • Branches,
    • Leaves.
  4. Bait a trapBait the trap

    Trapping groundhogs won’t be puzzling if you will bait the trap correctly. This will help you to make woodchuck trapping much more successful. You can bait the trap with something the woodchuck regularly steals from your garden or with cantaloupe. The bait should be placed in a way that forces the woodchuck to fully enter the live trap.

    Woodchucks will avoid a live trap that carries your scent.
    Use a pair of gloves when handling the trap and clean it each time before using.
  5. Set a trapSet and then monitor the trap
    Set the trap by following its special setting instructions. Once the woodchuck is trapped it can become anxious. To prevent the woodchuck from trying to escape, monitor the trap regularly.
  6. Relocate catched groundhogsRelocate the animal
    How to get rid of groundhogs after you have caught the pests? Relocate the woodchuck at least 5 or 6 miles away from your property. Although woodchucks are not aggressive, one can attack if it feels threatened. Therefore you are to stand back from the animal when it exits the trap. When relocating your woodchuck, choose location that provides cover, so that the animal won’t want to go far for making a new home.

Groundhogs traps for safe and successful trapping

Oh, groundhogs… Want to eliminate these nuisance animals once and for all? Make sure you have a safe, strong and large enough trap to catch a groundhog. These burrowing pests are very strong so the trap you choose should be sturdy and well constructed to prevent the animal from escaping. Havahart traps can make the process of trapping safe and effective. Take a closer look at the following trapping options:

  • Havahart Easy Set Traps – have a great design that enables the trapper to set and release the trap easily with just one hand. The following traps have a sturdy door lock that prevents woodchucks from escaping. With the help of a galvanized steel barrier, you will be protected during the release. When releasing the woodchuck, stand behind the trap and pull back on the lever.

    Easy Set Traps are available in such versions:

    • Large One Door TrapLarge One Door Trap – controlling destructive woodchucks has never been simpler than with this trap. The trap allows you to release a woodchuck while standing away from it.
      Cost: $75.99
    • Large Two Door TrapLarge Two Door Trap – is set in 1 simple step. The trap just pulls on the lever to open two doors and the trap is ready for a woodchuck’s catch.
      Cost: $79.99
    • Large One-Door CollapsibleLarge One-Door Collapsible – convenient and really safe trap that is easy to collapse and simple to put together when you need it for catching woodchucks.
      Cost: $70.99
  • X-Large Woodchuck Traps for Extra Large Animals – give the trapper extra length and width for catching big woodchucks.

    X-Large Groundhog Traps are available in such versions:

    • X-Large 1-Door Trap1-Door Trap – the largest live trap designed for the humane capture of big groundhogs. The trap can stand up the strongest and largest animals.
      Cost: $99.99
    • X-Large 2-Door Trap2-Door Trap – strong and durable trap for full-size pest control issues.
      Cost: $79.99

Live animal traps by Havahart will help you to get rid of pesky woodchucks. You can purchase groundhog traps at Lowe’s or at www.havahart.com.

You can also remove unwanted gophers with the help of the following trap options:

  • MLG One-door Live Groundhog TrapOne-door Live Groundhog Trap by MLG – removes unwanted woodchucks easily while ensuring a safe catch for you and the animal. This set includes two traps good for money spent. The trap is heavy duty and durable.
    Price: $47.99
  • Humaneway Live Animal TrapLive Animal Trap by Humaneway – easy to set up, foldable to save storage place. Black anti-glare trap’s coating gives great camouflage at dark to raise the chances of groundhog’s capture. What’s more small mesh holes prevent the animal from stealing the bait.
    Price: $40.99

Once you’ve trapped a pesky groundhog, use the best groundhog repellent to stop this critter from coming back.

Groundhog bait options

Woodchucks baitWoodchucks’ burrowing activities can quickly damage any home foundation. What’s more, these pesky animals have voracious appetite for the vegetables, fruits and plants growing in your garden.

Once you’ve selected the proper trap to catch a pesky groundhog, use carefully selected woodchuck lure.

How to bait a Woodchuck trap

Bait for groundhogs trapping must be positioned in the trap in the right way.

Place for bait in a one-door trapIf you use a one-door trap, place the bait – for catching groundhogs – at the end of your live trap behind the trigger plate. Keep the bait far from the walls of the trap to prevent a woodchuck from reaching the bait from outside of the cage.

Place for bait in a two-door trapIf you use a two-door trap, you are to hang the bait from the top of the trap or place it directly onto the plate.

It’s essential where you place the bait as the best placement of it will:

  • Require the woodchuck to step on the trigger plate to reach it;
  • Lure the woodchuck fully into the trap.

Find out what types of foods your groundhog is stealing and use them for baiting your trap. In fact, these pests are attracted to sweet fruits and herbaceous green plants.

The best baits include:

  • Cantaloupe,
  • Fresh string beans,
  • Peas,
  • Lettuce,
  • Peaches,
  • Vanilla extract,
  • Strawberries,
  • Sweet corn.
If you can identify your woodchuck’s burrow, place the bait – cantaloupe or lettuce – at the entrance of the burrow.
Then position your baited live trap about four feet from the burrow.

When it comes to the best bait for pesky groundhogs we suggest using cantaloupe. Set the trap with cantaloupe in a special position indicated above. Rub its juice and rind throughout the outside and inside of the trap.

What to buy

  • Whistlepig baitWhistle Pig Woodchuck Bait – a working paste bait solution to lure bothersome groundhogs. The product consists of no less than 4 irresistible essential plants, oils and vegetable juices to make the woodchuck’s mouth water. Whistle Pig is something they can’t resist.
    Price: $14.95
    How to use: Smear the paste on a large leafy vegetable and place in rear of trap.
  • Ontarget Raccoon and Groundhog baitRaccoon and Groundhog bait by Ontarget – used to attract gophers to live traps.
    Price: $17.90

Are you frequently visited by bothersome and unwelcome groundhogs in your garden or yard? Use our trapping tips and instructions and remove them easily!

You can find further details of Groundhogs Control here.

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  1. How do we reset a trap? A pro came and a only a squirrel is in it. Shoot I also touched it.

    • I live in Connecticut…My groundhog avoids
      cantaloupe, broccoli, lettuce, and beans.
      It feeds from what I observe is the nuts falling
      from our oak tree…very frustrating

  2. How can you guys kill them it is horible

    • Easy to kill them. Toss the cage in a creek or pond. Problem solved.

    • My guess is that you don’t have a garden or a building that the groundhogs are destroying. When you have to live with the damage that they do, its easy to kill them.

    • Judge not, lest ye be judged

  3. In Virginia it is illegal to transport a live animal of your property.

  4. Illegal to relocate varmints/predators off your property in Vermont as well. There is no private property in the state big enough to not have the varmint come right back “home”.

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