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Groundhog removal
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Smitty    Posted 09-01-2002 at 20:49:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Saw this on another list
"Bubblegum seems to be the most effective and inexpensive way to remove
groundhogs. Works great!!!"

nikki    Posted 06-18-2009 at 12:23:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
how do you use bubblegum to get rid of a groundhog ??

Diana Frazee    Posted 07-14-2009 at 20:50:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone know of a more humane to get rid of
pesky ground hogs? Please help!! This ground hog is bigger than our poor little Boston Terrier.

Mike Whitley    Posted 07-25-2009 at 05:10:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have two Boston terriers. They love to hunt these things. They have succesfully killed several. They must have originally been bread for this purpose. Last Thursday the smaller of the two was bitten in the head and died that night. We are goiny to try this bubble gum thing. The development in our community has chased off the foxes. We have gone from no ground hogs to over 10 in two years. They are drilling holes in everything around here. I am staying they are going.

E Armacost    Posted 07-07-2009 at 09:20:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Throw 10 or 12 pieces of bubble gum directly down the hole. Un wrap one piece to ensure that the ground hog comes in direct contact with the bubble gum. The rest does not need to be unwrapped. Check back the following day to see if the wrappers are on top of the hole. If so, throw a few more pieces down the hole. It takes 6 or 7 days for the bubble gum to do it's job. Normally the hog will be laying in close proximity to the hole at the end of a week. If you suspect more then one ground hog is using the hole, increase the dosage of bubble gum. Most times it's not nessesary to unwrap any of the gum but I have seen cases where the ground hogs will ignore the gum if at least one piece is not unwrapped. Make sure that you throw the gum directly down the hole because other animals will eat it during the night. I'm not sure if it's coons or deer, but it doesn't seem to bother them and they will clean up all of the bubble gum there by reducing the effectiveness on the hogs.

Daniel Bergman    Posted 06-03-2009 at 18:01:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Forgot to tell you this, place a layer of grass in the bottom of the cage trap first and then place the bait on top of the grass. The groundhogs will accept this method quicker.

Daniel Bergman    Posted 06-03-2009 at 17:41:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have found that cherry blend horse feed works well for live trapping groundhogs. Try also fresh greens at the back of the trap to lure them in. Also make sure your trap is nice and clean especially if a raccoon has been in the trap.

Need Help    Posted 06-13-2008 at 09:41:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Overrun with groundhogs and can't find anything that works. How do you use bubblegum to get rid of them? Does anyone have a solution that works?

margaret    Posted 06-21-2008 at 17:59:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
how much rat poison does it take to kill a groundhog? I have replanted my garden three times and it has been eaten everytime, I put a fence up with wire around the bottom, didn't work. I got critter ridder,didn't work. I put out bubble gum, I still see groundhogs. I put out rat poisen and they eat it, every bit so how much does it take to kill them? a trap doesn't seem to work either. HELP.

Cori    Posted 07-31-2008 at 05:30:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Rat poison is an anticoagulant. It is just a generic form of Coumadin. After rats and mice eat it, they are constantly jumping around and it breaks the blood vessels in their extremeties causing them to bleed to death. If the groundhog eats it and does not do anything to cause the blood vessels to break then it just goes right through him.

JoAnne    Posted 05-08-2006 at 09:02:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It cost me a couple of hundred dollars so far. I heard on TV last weekend that if you use exlax, hot red peppers and some kind of oil, they will leave town. I just don't know what kind of oil. Can you direct me to this gardening program or what kind of oil to use?
Any help would be appreaciated.

Smitty    Posted 09-02-2002 at 12:08:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Update on bubblegum it is fatal to groundhogs
"I know it sounds rediculous, I know I thought the old guy who told me about
this was trying to see how dumb I really was. I thought he was going to tell
me how they blew bubbles or something, but he assured me he wasn't kidding.
It would appear groundhogs have a weakness for Watermelon flavored
Bubblicious Bubble Gum. They love the stuff! They eat it but can't digest
it and they die within about 4 to 5 days. I put 4 or 5 cubes down or at the
entrance to a hole and check back(usually within a few hours its all gone,
or at least by the next day). Then I'll just put 1 or 2 pieces a day until
it doesn't get eaten anymore. The guy who told me said he covers the the
hole with sticks about 5 days after the initial feeding and this is how he
decides if they are dead or not. If the sticks are moved, he adds a second
helping of Bubblicious. Doesn't matter how you do it, but it does work.
I had several holes that I couldn't approach with a rifle in my soybean
fields. The groundhogs had 40 ft circles eaten down to the ground around the
holes. Within 3 weeks after the bubblicious treatment, the soybean had
grown back in and I couldn't tell where the hole was unless I walked up to
it. I'd say that's a good indication they were dead."

Cheryl    Posted 08-09-2009 at 11:41:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]

THANK YOU THANK YOU, I will try this gum and see what happens, cause several neighbors & I who grow flowers/veggies in our yards are having serious trouble with a groundhog.

Thank you again!

Ed Armacost    Posted 07-07-2009 at 09:52:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This method definitely works. Although it really doesn't matter what flavor of bubble gum is used. The need to throw it down the active hole is neccesary. I also open one piece of gum and throw it down the hole to make sure that the hog comes in direct contact with it. I've seen cases where if all the gum was wrapped, the ground hog would ignore the gum and would continue to use the hole as if it weren't there. Open one piece and all of a sudden all the empty wrappers would be on top of the next day. One other word of caution. Make sure that you throw the gum down the hole. I started by putting the gum around the hole thinking that it would be easier to tell if it was being eaten. Something else, either coons or deer also love bubble gum and would clean up every piece that was left on top the ground during the night. It didn't seem to have any gastric effect on the night mauraders but it used up a hell of a lot of bubble gum until I figgered out what was happening. If ground hogs are eating the gum, they will bring the empty papers to the surface which make it easy to see that you are getting results. It will take 6 or 7 days before it will kill the hog and he will usually come out of his hole to die in close proximity to the hole.

Char    Posted 09-18-2007 at 14:47:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can you remove groundhog by using mothballs at the openning of the burrows? We have a vinyard that is being over run by groundhogs and its situated on historical property so trapping or shooting them is not a option. Does anyone have a solution or know what can be placed around or at the opennings of the burrows?

RITA    Posted 06-28-2007 at 14:10:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Tim    Posted 06-06-2007 at 16:41:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
THIS IS GREAT!!!! I hope this works for me. I'll report back on my experience.

Pattie Eckles    Posted 04-18-2007 at 08:07:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi,Boy,I sure hope this works.I came home from work & found a groundhog had gotten into the house & up to my upstairs bathroom & ate the leaves from my ivy plant !!!I followed his trail & found he had gotten in thru a hole left from my new furnace installation.( he left calling "stuff") I havn't found ANYONE who will help me ,except the people who want to sell me gold plated traps! So,many thanks in advance.I will keep you posted.
Sincerely,Pattie Eckles

Bob /Ont.    Posted 09-02-2002 at 12:20:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Maybe they just moved closer to the store:<)
Later Bob

Human Being    Posted 06-21-2004 at 11:30:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hmm, as an added bonus, it sounds like a really painful way to die too!

Steve    Posted 05-18-2009 at 15:40:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I want to relocate some ground hogs so a group of people can grow a nice garden. Does PB&J toast really work for bait in a haveahart trap?

Grandma Pat    Posted 07-03-2007 at 17:07:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We tried every kind of bait we could think of. Finally got ours with pb&j toast. Who knew!

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