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What foods do groundhogs like?

Last Updated: 20th April, 2020

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Primarily, groundhogs eat grasses, clover, alfalfa, and dandelions. In addition, groundhogs like to eat garden fruits and vegetables like berries, apples, lettuce, corn, and carrots.

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Correspondingly, what do groundhogs like to eat and drink?

Groundhogs are primarily herbivores and rely on typical garden crops; however, they will sometimes feed on some insects and worms: Greens like lettuce, alfalfa, clovers, dandelions, daisies, red mulberry and hackberry leaves.

Secondly, do Groundhogs eat bugs? Mostly herbivorous, groundhogs eat primarily wild grasses and other vegetation, including berries and agricultural crops, when available. Groundhogs also occasionally eat grubs, grasshoppers, insects, snails and other small animals, but are not as omnivorous as many other Sciuridae.

Simply so, what is the best bait to catch a groundhog?

In Havahart® field tests, cantaloupe was the best bait for attracting groundhogs and woodchucks. Cut cantaloupe into 2" cubes, and rub the cantaloupe juice and rind throughout the inside and outside of the trap. Set the trap with some of the fruit in the position indicated above.

What are groundhogs scared of?

Groundhogs do not like people, and sometimes the smell of humans is enough to scare them away. You can sprinkle human hair or throw old clothes and shoes around the garden as repellents.

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Do Groundhogs eat bird seed?

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Do groundhogs sleep at night?

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Do groundhogs feed at night?

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Are groundhogs aggressive?

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Do groundhogs chew wood?

Compared to beavers, groundhogs/woodchucks are not adept at moving timber, although some will chew wood. (At Cornell, woodchucks that gnaw their wooden nest boxes are given scraps of 2-by-4 lumber.)

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Do groundhogs live alone?

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What smells do groundhogs hate?

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Do groundhogs bite?

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Are groundhogs bad?

If not properly controlled, groundhogs can cause serious structural damage when burrowing. Their tunnels break apart building foundations, and they will often chew through electrical wires and irrigation systems that may be in their way.

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What do groundhogs eat in the winter?

A groundhog's diet can include fruit, plants, tree bark and grasses. They are known for damaging crops and gardens and many consider them pests. Groundhogs don't eat during hibernation. They use fat that they built up over the summer and winter month.

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What do groundhogs eat and how to catch?

Groundhogs like woodland areas that are close to open, greasy fields, typically, they have a burrow in the woods for the winter and a burrow in grassy areas for the warmer months. These rodents are herbivores, which means they eat vegetation. A groundhog's diet can include fruit, plants, tree bark, and grasses.

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Do groundhogs swim?

Woodchucks are not large, but they're powerful tunnelers. Strong and active, woodchucks can swim, climb trees, and dig amazing burrow systems, some as deep as five feet and as long as 30 feet, with multiple tunnels and chambers. Woodchucks have other unique skills.

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Do groundhogs drink water?

Groundhogs do not drink water. They stay hydrated by eating food plants wet from rain or dew. Groundhogs prefer hiding in burrows, but are accomplished swimmers and tree climbers when necessary. Groundhogs live in underground burrows, but often build a separate winter burrow for hibernation.

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How do you cook a groundhog?

Combine flour, salt, pepper and sada; rub into groundhog pieces. Brown grounhog in hot oil in skillet; sprinkle with sugar. Reduce heat; add 1/2 cup water. Cover; simmer for about 30 minutes or until tender.

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Should I feed a groundhog?

Favorite foods include alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lettuce, broccoli, plantain, and soybeans. Groundhogs will often devour your seedlings before they even have time to grow. Groundhogs eat mostly during the early morning and afternoon, so try to see when your garden is receiving the most damage.

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Are groundhogs dangerous to humans?

Groundhogs rarely come in contact with humans and therefore pose no major public health hazards. However, they are capable of carrying fleas, ticks and rabies.

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What is another name for a groundhog?

A groundhog by any other name.
Groundhogs are also variously referred to as woodchucks, whistle-pigs, or land-beavers. The name whistle-pig comes from the fact that, when alarmed, a groundhog will emit a high-pitched whistle as a warning to the rest of his or her colony. The name woodchuck has nothing to do with wood.

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What does a groundhog hole look like?

From the surface, burrow entrances often look like medium-sized holes that lead to an underground network. Groundhog holes may be located near trees, walls or fences. Each burrow opening is between 10 to 12 inches in diameter and is generally marked by a crescent-shaped mound of dirt.