What are some ways to kill a groundhog in the yard?
A groundhog is a common backyard animal, and the groundhogs live in their burrow underground. They can be drawn to the garden as their food source in an area that has no predators. Because a garden has soft soil to burrow in, the groundhogs will also eat any food in the place. If you have groundhogs in your garden, there are many methods that you can use to get rid of them. You may also discourage the groundhogs from settling down in your garden if you make it not that appealing.
If you are using traps and you do not want to deal with a live groundhog afterwards, you may use a lethal trap to catch the groundhog. However, this is not a humane way to deal with the groundhog because the traps sometimes cannot kill the animal at once and it can be hard to find the entrance of the burrow that the groundhog uses to go out. The trap can also be a danger to pets and small children. There are instructions about how to set lethal traps, and it will depend on which type you are buying.
Poisoning the ground has the same danger as using fumigation and traps. People or pets may be at risk because of the poison. It will be hard to deal with the bodies of the groundhogs after a while. If you choose to use this method, then things are much easier if you put the poison near the ground where the animal frequents most of the time.
If you want, you can fumigate the groundhogs in the yard. You have to also be aware that the poison does not have to be your first option. When you kill the animal using poison, it will inflict too much pain because of suffocation and internal breeding or other painful things. If you have decided to continue with fumigation, you should decide on the right time to do so. The best time to fumigate is in the winter since the hibernation chamber will be walled off and it makes it hard to fumigate after this time.
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