Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Snapshot ... Thinking Like a Groundhog

There has been no action in the groundhog traps since I caught the one a few days ago.  The groundhogs are still out there, but none of them have gone into the trap.

I see one right now ... the brazen little varmint.  It is walking along the furniture in the pavilion, sitting on the chairs, and perching on the railing like a cat.


Despite what the Havahart people say, cantaloupe isn't doing it for these groundhogs anymore.  After a quick trip to the grocery store, I rebaited the traps yesterday evening with green beans and corn-on-the-cob slices.

When at war, it's best to know one's enemy.  I read that groundhogs are active during the day, and they sleep at night.  Knowing this, I have been tripping the traps after sundown to lessen the chance of trapping something undesirable ... good thing, too, because this raccoon came by last night and feasted on the corn outside the trap.



The raccoon didn't touch the green beans ... I sure hope this isn't an indication of how groundhogs feel about green beans.

I had no idea that trapping these destructive little pests would be so difficult.  Set the traps, monitor the traps so any potential captives won't stay in there too long, trip the traps at night, reset the traps in the morning ..... it's practically a full-time job trying to outsmart these critters. 

Here's hoping that your Sunday will be a good one, and that mine will be fruitful.


  1. That would have been an easy shot for a scoped 22 Connie. Just sayin'. You can't let the little buggers think they own the place.

    BTW, are they beneath the barn or tunneling into the ground? If it's the ground, keep shoveling their holes shut and after awhile they get tired and move on....a nice smoke bomb will help them decide as well.

  2. Dang groundhogs! They like tomatoes! Good luck!


  3. They are smart little critters! We had a war with chipmunks one year and our haveahart trap! Got em but had to keep moving the trap to different places. Good luck.


  4. We were told to use cheap cat food to trap a skunk. Maybe it works for groundhogs too? I'm not sure I would want a night cam to see what's going on out there. LOL

  5. bahahaha...I used fresh broccoli in the trap for my groundhog, he wanted nothing to do with it because he had a whole salad bar of hosta leaves. We tried everything but finally he had to go, one way or another...we'll leave it at another...

  6. I hate to say it, but we've sent many woodchucks to "woodchuck heaven" over the years. They are soooo destructive to our gardens, and are so stinkin' sneaky about it, too. I wish you the best of luck in trapping that little bugger, Connie!

    xoxo laurie

  7. Wow, I can't believe a groundhog is sitting on your chair and on your railing! I didn't know they would come so close.

    Good luck in the trapping. You are doing the kind thing, to trap and relocate.

  8. I think they are secretly making fun of you for trying to catch them, but I've no doubt that soon, you will be making fun of them when they're trapped! :-)

  9. Moth balls in the tunnel. Has worked better for me since I'm in the city now. They move on rather quickly.


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