This post is about Groundhog Repellent and Deterrent and shows what I have done to stop a groundhog from burrowing under my deck.  The solution includes collapsing all existing tunnels, two different barriers, coiled barb wire as a deterrent as well as fox urine granules as a deterrent.

I put out a video a few weeks back asking for suggestions on what to do to take care of a groundhog that has been burrowing under my deck.  I’m only out at the farm from time to time and the groundhog makes himself scarce when I show up.  If I could shoot him, I would, but I never see him.

Collapse the Tunnels

So I am implementing several suggestions from the audience trying to do a thorough and complete approach.  The first thing I did was to take some boards off of the deck to access the tunnels.  I then collapsed as much of the tunnels as I could.  I left the ground loose and did not pack it down.

Groundhog Repellent and Deterrent

Groundhog Repellent and Deterrent – Problem Exposed

Inside Fence

I then dug a trench in the area that he has been using to access the area.  Once the trench was dug, I put in rubber coated chicken wire and tacked it to the wood.  It extended down into the trench for almost two feet.  I then backfilled the trench to anchor the bottom of the chicken wire.  I then filled his hole in that came under the deck.

Groundhog Repellent and Deterrent

Groundhog Repellent and Deterrent – Inside Fence

Barb Wire as a Deterrent

I then cut some 30’ sections of barb wire and coiled it up.  I maneuvered it under the deck and then spread it out so it would make for an extremely unpleasant experience for the little critter.

Groundhog Repellent and Deterrent

Groundhog Repellent and Deterrent – Barb Wire

The last thing I did before I put the deck planking back on is I sprinkled fox urine on the ground all over under the deck.  The link for where I bought mine is below.

Shake Away – Fox Urine:

Close that Door

The last thing to do was to seal off his initial point of entry.  So I dug an 18” trench around the front of the deck.  Then I put rubber coated chicken wire in the trench and tacked it up to the wood.  I bent the chicken wire out at a 90-degree angle so if he went straight down just outside the chicken wire, he would run into it.  I then covered the trench up with dirt.

Groundhog Repellent and Deterrent

Groundhog Repellent and Deterrent – Outside Fence

With any luck, this will keep the varmint away from my deck.  I’ll report back later in the summer one way or another.

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