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Old 05-29-2007, 01:00 PM   #1
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A few years ago when we moved in, we noticed a groundhog living in the hill directly behind our house. We thought he was very cute and named him Thor, but after about a year or so, we noticed the serious damage he was causing our property. We have steeply graded land and several rock retaining walls. We had to have one rebuilt a few weeks ago at great expense due to damage caused by one of these little bastards.

Does anyone know how to get rid of these things? I have tried several remedies – dropping chocolate covered exlax in its hole, peeing in and around the holes, and I have event taken out four of them with a crossbow. I thought I had them depopulated last year, and then last week I looked outside and what did I see? A new groundhog sitting out in the backyard mocking me.

Does anyone have any idea what can be done here?
Please help. Please help.

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Get a rat terrier or Jack Russell? That's what they do. Or, hire a professional trapper.

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.22 rifle works every time (so long as your aim is good)

We tried flooding, trapping, just about anything we could think of bc heaven forbid I take a rifle and get it done (the wife didn't want that cute fuzzy creature to be shot). Well after they all failed that rifle came out and the critters went away! My neighbors were just as happy as us
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.22 rifle works every time (so long as your aim is good)

We tried flooding, trapping, just about anything we could think of bc heaven forbid I take a rifle and get it done (the wife didn't want that cute fuzzy creature to be shot). Well after they all failed that rifle came out and the critters went away! My neighbors were just as happy as us
I wish I could go this route, I am ex-military and the hills have a good backstop so I think it would be perfectly safe, but this would NOT go over well where I live. That's why I originally bought the crossbow so my neighbors wouldn't hear...
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That's why I originally bought the crossbow so my neighbors wouldn't hear...
Ok but seriously, that didn't work? I love the idea of a quick quiet death but the distance was an issue. Around here I couldn't get close enough to hit them with a bow (I just have a compound, not a crossbow). Can you put a silencer on a .22?
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I wish I could go this route, I am ex-military and the hills have a good backstop so I think it would be perfectly safe, but this would NOT go over well where I live. That's why I originally bought the crossbow so my neighbors wouldn't hear...
What about using a BB gun shot through their eyes?
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What about using a BB gun shot through their eyes?
MAYBE with pointed pellets but BB's will barely kill a bird
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slingshot?
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Thank you for your responses:

- Unfortunately, silencers are illegal in my state, otherwise that would certainly have been my first choice.

- I had thought about picking up a bunch of fireworks in PA then stuffing them down the holes and pulling a Caddyshack or something, but the hill is pretty close to my house and since I really don’t know much about explosives, I could imagine that plan going spectacularly wrong.

- The pellet rifle simply won't do the trick. I started with one of these - CO2 with a laser scope, very powerful, but not powerful enough to take out one of these bastards. Apparently, they have very thick skulls. At one point last year when I heard one walking around in the yard, I leaned out of the 2nd story bathroom window with the pellet rifle and laid into him at short range – I believe I pulled off at least 5 headshots and 3 to the body but the rodent just ran off into his hole. That is when I logged onto Amazon and purchased a crossbow.

- The crossbow is pretty effective. I ordered a 150lb draw model with a wooden stock, scope, and some bolt tips designed to kill deer (I was very angry at this point). These things have proven to still be pretty resilient. All four kills took more than one bolt, one taking five before he finally went down.

I really think the crossbow would be just fine but the trick is I have to spend a lot of time waiting around for them and I just don’t have that kind of time. I have been working from home as much as possible lately, hoping to catch a glimpse out the window of one running by, but have not been able to engage any yet this year.

I really don’t know what else to do – could consider buying several hundred meat eating snakes and loosing them on the hill, but my wife and I are expecting our first child next month and think those two things may not be a good mix.

Your continued input is greatly appreciated.

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How did you discard the carcass after the crossbow? How about pouring drano or chlorine bleach down the hole?
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My house backs up to a conservation area, far up the hill, there is an old mine shaft – I dumped the bodies down there. You don’t work for the government do you?

I had read somewhere about sealing up the holes except for one and pouring bleach and then ammonia down a garden hose with a sock on the end of it into the hole. Then pull the hose out, leaving the sock in the hole, plug the hole, and there you go, lots of dead rodents. I think though with the kid coming along, I am hesitant to employ clouds of poison gas to solve this problem. Sure it will probably dissipate before she gets old enough to dig, and sure it is New Jersey, and clouds of toxic gas might actually make the place cleaner, but it just doesn’t seem like a route I want to go at this time.

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I wouldn't hesitate to try that. What's worse, your kids digging an area that was poisoned by chemicals which will probably be fully diluted by the time they are old enough, or some dirty rodents passing along fleas and rabies?

How about some rat poison?
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How about some rat poison?
that's a good idea. I actually have some in my garage. I will try putting that down this weekend.
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What about those cages they use to trap raccoons?
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Would one or two big angry dogs be able to scare this guys away... and move their home to somewhere else... ?

I think the problem probably these guys already spent their time to build a bunch of tunnels here or there... they won't give up easily..... capture/kill a few of their family members probably won't be enough to drive them away....

you kind of either have to kill all of them or make them don't want to live there anymore... even then... some other guy pass by may like their well built house


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