“If you find yourself living the same day over and over, you have a groundhog problem”
Groundhogs Identification & Physical Characteristics
Groundhogs, also known as a woodchuck, or whistle pig, are one of Illinois larger rodents but do not get close to the size of the largest rodent in Illinois, the beaver.
Averaging about 16-26 inches long and weighing around 4-9 pounds. Groundhogs are well adapted for digging, with short, powerful limbs and curved, thick claws AND are covered with two coats of fur: a dense gray undercoat and a longer coat of banded guard hairs that gives the groundhog its distinctive “frosted” appearance.
Groundhog Removal Northwest Suburbs
Groundhogs prefer open grassy areas and the edges of woodlands and are rarely far from a burrow entrance. Homes with large clear cut properties are often ideal for groundhogs, as they provide the wide open fields that they prefer.
Groundhogs are excellent burrowers, using burrows for sleeping, rearing young, and hibernating. Though groundhogs are the most solitary, several individuals may occupy the same burrow. The amount of dirt removed to make the burrows is often enough to fill several wheel barrows, with several entrances allowing for multiple ways to escape predators. They pose a serious threat to agricultural and residential development by damaging farm machinery and even undermining building foundations.
Animal Trackers Wildlife Groundhog Removal Services
Removing groundhogs is just one of the many services that Animal Trackers Wildlife provides. We will identify remove the unwanted rodents before the damage done to your property becomes a disaster. Traps will be placed in spots that will capture the groundhog in a safe and humane manner, allowing us to remove the problem animal with no risk to you or your pets. Removal of groundhogs quickly is important, as they reproduce quite quickly producing 2-6 young each year and can quickly overrun an area if left unchecked.