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 barbed 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.
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.
Barbed Wire as a Deterrent
I then cut some 30’ sections of barbed 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.
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.
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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