Then end of March brings with it warmer weather, spring storms, and many critters waking up from their long naps to get through winter. Groundhogs / Woodchucks are no different. Groundhogs normally hibernate from October through the end of March and sometimes all the way into April. That means it’s time to wake up and start seeing then out digging in your yard.
Normally groundhogs are herbivores, eating grasses, raspberries and clover. But, on occasion, they also eat grubs, grasshoppers and other small insects. Groundhogs become a nuisance for two primary reasons.
First, they love to eat. Adults can eat more than a pound of vegetation in a single day and a few warrens with adults and youngsters can tear through a new garden in short order. Second, they dig large underground burrow to live in. These holes can lead to problems for livestock, horses, and even people should they step in one by accident leading to a potential for serious injury.
All of this makes groundhogs prime candidates for being a springtime nuisance in most of the country, but especially here in Indiana and Michigan where it’s time for cattle to start being pastured and gardens to be planted.
If you are having groundhog / woodchuck issues, give Critter Control of North Central Indiana a call at (574) 825-1079 in the South Bend / Elkhart area and at (260) 632-5106 in the Fort Wayne area and we will be happy to schedule a visits to asses your needs and help you with your groundhog problems.