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February 2, 2013
With Groundhog Day tomorrow, lets discuss woodchucks and groundhogs. The groundhog is also known as a woodchuck, whistle-pig and land-beaver. Groundhog Day is traditionally observed on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when the groundhog emerges from his burrow, an early spring awaits. Should the sun shine and the groundhog sees his shadow, we’re due for six more weeks of wintry weather. Will the Groundhogs shadow, differ from last year?
Description of Woodchuck – Description of Groundhog:
- 20” to 27” long, excluding the tail.
- Weighs 5-12 pounds.
- Woodchucks are grizzled brown on the top part of their coat with blackish tones.
- Woodchucks have short, powerful legs with a bushy tail.
Woodchuck Habitat – Groundhog Habitat:
- Woodchucks are most active in the early morning and evening.
- Groundhogs rely on morning dew as their water source.
- Woodchucks are good swimmers with the ability to climb up tress.
- Groundhogs hibernate from the first heavy frost their early spring.
- Woodchucks breed from February through March, having their young late March to early May.
- Groundhogs are herbivores (grasses, weeds, clover, fruit, crops and ornamental).
Woodchuck Damage – Groundhog Damage:
- Woodchucks damage gardens and crops.
- Groundhogs burrow and tunnel under foundations around sheds, barns and decks.
Woodchuck Health Risks – Groundhog Health Risks:
- Mange - Skin diseases in mammals caused by microscopic burrowing mites.
- Raccoon Roundworm - Disease caused by a parasite that lives in the intestines of raccoons.
Woodchuck Removal – Groundhog Removal:
- Thomas Pest Services provides humane woodchuck trapping and removal services.
- After the groundhog trapping and removal, Thomas Pest Services can provide services to prevent woodchucks such around foundation areas.
Wildlife removal is not a “do it yourself” task. Getting rid of wildlife are animals that can bite, carry and spread disease, why a professional wildlife removal specialist should handle the task. Wildlife can quickly take over a structure to shelter themselves from the outdoor elements. Contact your Albany wildlife removal company to prevent any damages before they can begin. The Clifton Park wildlife removal experts at Thomas Pest Services can help you today with a free inspection to get rid of woodchucks!