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Waldorf Ground Hog Control

You have probably heard ground hogs mentioned by their more popular name, woodchuck. The woodchuck or ground hog is common throughout the United States, but can especially be found in the Waldorf, MD area.

Ground hogs can be a nuisance to homeowners and a pain to remove properly. They tend to return to their burrows. To ensure you have gotten rid of those pesky ground hogs for good, you need to correctly identify them, understand why they are in your yard, and call in the professionals immediately.

How to identify ground hogs

The first step to getting rid of a ground hog is to recognize that you have an infestation. Ground hogs are a type of large rodent. They are one of the largest rodents in North America. They are only beaten by the hoary marmot from British Columbia. And, they are the biggest and heaviest member of the squirrel family.

Ground hogs look a lot like squirrels, except they are much larger and fatter. Most ground hogs grow to between 16.5 inches to 27 inches in length. They typically weigh between 4 lbs. and 13.9 lbs. In general, a ground hog will life from two to six years. A two to three-year lifespan is the most common.

Ground hogs are mostly brown. They have small ears, a small and bushy tail, and two long incisor teeth. Ground hogs, like many rodents, will dig burrows. They are typically found on the border between the forest or treed area and a field.

Why you might have ground hogs

The classic tongue-twister, "how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood" is not far wrong. These rodents are not known for eating hardwood like a beaver. Instead, they are herbivores that will eat tender bark, trees, and other plants.

Ground hogs do not eat over the winter. Instead, they fill themselves through the spring, summer, and fall, and then stop eating in during their winter hibernation. Because they are herbivores, they are likely coming to your yard because you have plants they want to eat. Vegetables and fruits or berries are some of their favorite meals. They also like clover and bark.

Reasons to treat your ground hog problem immediately

Like many rodents, you do not want a ground hog in your yard. They can cause a lot of damage to your plants and the yard as a whole. Their burrow networks can become quite large and complex. These can gradually destroy your yard's structure.

Additionally, ground hogs will kill your plants. They are especially hard on gardens and orchards. If you are a hobbyist, farmer, or just want a nice looking yard, then you need to keep ground hogs away.

It can be very hard to determine what type of tunneling rodent you have in your yard. You can assume that you have a ground hog if you find their tunnels in boundary areas. Hedgerows, the edges of forests, and near buildings are all places to look for ground hog burrows. These tunnels are very similar to those of moles.

Ground hogs can be very hard to trap, and because they hibernate during the winter, you need to ensure they are removed as humanely as possible. If you live in the Waldorf, MD area, then you need to contact Barefoot Pest Control. Our ground hog removal experts can help you get rid of your ground hog problem for good.

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When your doorbell rings, you can be confident that the person Barefoot Pest Control has sent to your home to take care of your control and extermination is a true professional. We carefully screen, background check, and conduct lengthy interviews with prospective employees. Barefoot Pest Control technicians also undergo extensive training, both in the classroom and on the job with a mentor, before they are allowed to work on their own. You can rest easy knowing that your problem is in good hands with Barefoot Pest Control.

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Barefoot Pest Control has proudly been providing expert pest control and bed bug control in Waldorf for over 7 years. During this time we've helped over 20,000 homeowners manage and exterminate their pest problems.

Barefoot Pest Control is a Waldorf locally owned and operated company; we take pride in servicing the community that we live in. We value your time, so when you call we'll schedule an inspection or service time that is convenient for you.

Our technicians are thoroughly screened during our interview process. We only hire professionals we would want to service our own homes. We background check and drug test all employees and make new hires go through extensive training both in the classroom and on the job before they can service a home or business alone. We also believe in and practice continuing education, ensuring our technicians are always providing the best service possible. You can rest easy knowing that when your door bell rings Barefoot Pest Control has sent a true professional to resolve your Waldorf pest issue.

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