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National Geographic Uncovers the Secret Life of Groundhogs

National Geographic Uncovers the Secret Life of Groundhogs
National Geographic Uncovers the Secret Life of Groundhogs

Have you ever wondered what groundhogs are up to when they’re running around your yard? Most people don’t know that these animals can cause a lot of damage. It often takes an NJ groundhog control specialist to remove them humanely. Still, their lives are fascinating, and National Geographic has given us an inside look.

All About the Groundhog

The groundhog is sometimes referred to as a woodchuck. It’s a marmot, and also a member of the squirrel family. They grow to weigh about 18 pounds, and from head to tail their length ranges from 24 to 35 inches.

During the warmer months of the year, groundhogs spend their time eating as much food as they can. They’re herbivores, so your garden is one of their favorite places to dine. After the first frost of the year, they hide away and snooze until springtime. Their fat helps to sustain them through the colder months of winter.

When to Call a NJ Groundhog Control Specialist

Groundhogs might be cute, furry and fun to watch, but they can also cause big problems. Given the right circumstances, they have been known to chew through underground wires. So even though they’re fun to watch, it’s best to find a professional who can help you remove them without causing harm.

At Stern Environmental, we’re eager to help you if you have a groundhog problem at your home. Contact us today.

Why Do Groundhogs Cause So Many Problems for Home Owners and Property Managers?

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Call Stern for Nuisance Pest Control

It’s kind of fun to see groundhogs running around a golf course or along the hills when you’re traveling down the highway. But when you have them on your property, that’s when the fun stops. These animals can cause a lot of damage, which is why so many people turn to a quality NJ groundhog removal service when they see them.

The Damage Caused by Groundhogs

Groundhogs are a nuisance because of the holes they dig. They’re quite large, and they can do a lot of damage to the areas around them. They prefer to dig their holes next to structures, such as your home, garage, or office building.

In addition to that, once they’re underground, they’re known to chew on any electrical cables that they find. They’re only trying to keep their teeth sharp, but this can result in serious electrical problems for the building.

When Should You Call an NJ Groundhog Removal Service?

Removing any possible sources of food is one way to discourage groundhogs from inhabiting your property. But sometimes that isn’t enough. If you notice them digging holes in your lawn, it’s wise to talk to a professional about removing them.

We use humane traps to remove wildlife from areas they shouldn’t be in. You’ll find our services to be quick, so you can get back to enjoying your yard the way you want to.

Contact us to learn more!

NYC Mayor Banned From Holding Groundhog at Groundhog’s Day Celebration

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Don’t Let Groundhogs Spoil Your Day Today

Groundhog Day is a pretty big deal in most parts of the United States. Whether you’re superstitious or not, it’s always fun to find out if the famed local groundhog is going to predict another six weeks of winter. If you’re lucky, the groundhog won’t see his shadow, and you can begin looking forward to spring approaching a little more quickly. 

Last year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took part in a ceremony on February 2 at the Staten Island Zoo. As a part of the ceremony, he held Charlotte, who was dubbed as “Chuck” for the occasion. While he was holding her, she wriggled free and slipped out of his grasp. She fell to the ground and later died from internal injuries. 

This year, the zoo has decided to do things a little bit differently, which is perfectly fine with the Mayor. Instead of holding the groundhog, the rodent will be on display in a plexiglass case. Mayor de Blasio is happy about the new arrangement; especially since other New York City Mayors have been bitten in the past. 

Groundhog Day is a lot of fun, but having groundhogs tearing up your yard sure isn’t! Some of them carry rabies, and that can be a big problem for that spring garden you’re so proud of. Regardless of when spring finally arrives, if you have a groundhog problems, please contact us right away.

 

Tips to Keeping Squirrels, Groundhogs, and Other Animals Out of Your House

Unless it’s a house pet, a small animal skittering around in your home is a nuisance, to say the least. Squirrels, groundhogs and other critters are always lurking, but you can take steps to prevent them from infiltrating your home. Here are a few things that you can do in that regard:

Check your attic or roof for possible points of access

Many small animals can climb walls as effectively than your favorite comic book superhero. This means that they will eventually be searching for points of access to your home from the roof. Do yourself a favor and search for — and seal/cover — any holes or potential access points that the would-be intruder could take advantage of.

Keep tree branches away from your home

Once your roof and/or attic are all sealed up, the small animals will start scouring the area for other access points into your home. One of the most common tools that they will try to use in this regard is the tree right in front of your house. They will climb and jump from outstretched tree branches to your open windows or anything else that they can find.

If all else fails, call local pest control services

If something has successfully invaded you home, you need pest control services to not only get rid of the problem, but also to keep it from getting worse.

Don’t Let Hungry Groundhogs Devour Your Garden

They may look cute and fuzzy; but a groundhog can lay waste to your backyard garden plot in a single night. All the hours you spent digging and planting and the money spent on seeds and plants can be destroyed in a matter of hours by a hungry groundhog. These herbivorous rodents have a taste for leafy green vegetation but won’t think twice about feasting on your expensive landscape plants and ornamental grasses. They can also cause serious damage to lawns when they use their sharp talons to dig for grubs and snails.

Native to New Jersey and common throughout Eastern and Midwestern states, groundhogs, called woodchucks in some areas, are members of the marmot family. Adults are brown with short bushy tails, weigh between 4 and 9 pounds and grow to an average length of 16 to 26 inches. These rodents typically live in underground dens in forested areas but in suburban areas will burrow under porches, decks and sheds. Dens harbor fleas, ticks and mites which can migrate indoors or onto pets when dens are built under homes.

Fierce defenders, groundhogs can carry rabies, presenting a serious problem for New York City, Long Island and New Jersey homeowners, particularly in late spring when litters are born. For your safety, humane groundhog removal should be performed by an experienced New Jersey wildlife removal expert.