Woodchucks are the largest members of the squirrel family and they live their lives digging underground tunnels and feasting with your crop and plant roots. In other words, all your spring and summer work will be gone in minutes if a woodchuck lives in your yard.
But, I bet you are not curious about the woodchuck origins when you see your plants wilting and mounds of dirt in your lawn. You will think compulsively on how to get rid of the pesky rodent causing such damage in your vegetable garden and lawn.
However, woodchucks won’t damage only your yard or garden. Some of them will start digging under your outdoor shed or other structures, destabilizing the entire structure until collapse. Yeah, a small underground digging rodent can actually ruin your house alongside with termites.
So, this destructive operation should be stopped as soon as possible.
How to identify woodchucks?
- Large burrow next to the house
- Concrete collapsing due to digging
- Woodchucks living under the deck/shed
- Eaten crops and vegetables
How to get rid of woodchucks under the shed?
This will require a lot of patience and a combination of techniques. These digging pests will hibernate from October until February, but when they will wake up their priority is to find food.
Be a bad host
Make your garden less attractive to rodents by removing the protective cover that camouflages woodchucks. Start by trimming the grass and remove the bush and wood piles. If woodchucks don’t have where to hide, they will look for food in other areas, such as your neighbor garden.
Build a fence
This works as a prevention method. Fencing your garden, shed or any other area you would like to protect from woodchucks seems to be the best option. But keep in mind that woodchucks can climb and burrow, so your fence should be 10 to 12 inches deep into the ground and 4 feet tall.
It is hated by many, but castor oil is one of the best pest repellents you can use, especially when you want to repel underground rodent such as woodchucks, moles or gophers.
Place in each woodchuck hole, 1 tablespoon of castor oil and seal it with dirt. Alongside with this solution, you can mix half a cup of castor oil with 2 cups of water, pour it in a sprayer and spray the solution all over the shed perimeter.
Hell yeah! Pepper can put anybody on the run. You can use Cayenne pepper, ground pepper, chili pepper it doesn’t matter as long as you sprinkle it in the holes and cover it with dirt. Another option is to mix 4 tablespoons of pepper with 2 cups of warm water and pour it in a sprayer. Spray throughout the area where the woodchuck lives to put the pest on the run.