Groundhogs are large rodents that commonly live under decks and settled-out areas under sheds, patios and concrete slabs. These animals are herbivores that usually destroy flowerbeds and gardens in residential areas. Once a groundhog has taken up residence, it can excavate the dirt so much that it can cause erosion and settling problems that may lead to foundation issues. They are one of the only animals that go into a torpor, a form of hibernation. Groundhogs will emerge in early spring and are active daily, feeding during the day and returning to the den at night. Groundhogs have young that will start to leave the den in May. These little fluff balls are miniature versions of their parents, and they are just as destructive. It is not uncommon to have a den location that has several entrance and exit points to escape predators. Groundhogs can become trap-shy very quickly, and that is why it is important to use the proper technique before they figure out what is going on. Once the groundhogs have been removed, it is important to fill the holes and fix the area to prevent more groundhogs or other opportunistic animals such as skunks and opossums from moving in. We have repair techniques that guarantee animals will not re-invade the area or we will trap it for free.