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A really fat happy ground hog has found my tomato plants. Anyone know of any repellents that work?

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A shotgun comes to mind

Leafhead Level 8 June 17, 2018

My grandpa used to put juicy fruit gum in their holes... don't know if it repelled them or killed them.

JenBeberstein Level 7 June 16, 2018

A 22 bullet is often the best choice. I had one that decided to eat the hydraulic hoses off of my farm equipment. I tried everything from live traps to dog and cat repellants; nothing stopped it. It cost me thousands of dollars. It was so addicted to eating them that it would travel a 1/2 mile out into an open field at night to eat them. The only way I had to stop it was to kill it, something I was not that big on since they are uncommon in these parts. Good luck with your varmint should you choose not to kill it, those buggers are obsessive.

HeathenFarmer Level 8 June 16, 2018

This probably isn’t going to be a very popular answer but when I lived in West Virginia I had to deal with them my 270 always done a good job of stopping them. They will destroy a garden fast.

Donto101 Level 7 June 16, 2018

If you know somebody that has a cat, take the old used litter stick it in the hole where the groundhog is. The smell of the cat urine deters them. This always worked for me when I had my garden.

Sheannutt Level 9 June 16, 2018

Great first step, you can buy coyote urine too and spray it. The plant based litters might be a good mulch, win win, less landfill, better soil.

I tried that, it just buried it and carried on; didn't try coyote urine but since there was coyote scat around its den I doubt that would have worked either.

@HeathenFarmer oh wow that is a very tough little varmint

@Sheannutt We even named it as it took years to solve the problem; it was called "The Chomper."


Yes, Thor works on rabbits groundhogs anything that moves.

kenriley Level 8 June 16, 2018

Good dog!

Yes, that would work, he just has to stay out at night.

@HeathenFarmer Well the door is fixed with a small rope and I put tape on the door latch and self closing hinges. He can open the door and go out when ever he wants. sometimes he goes out at night and I will fine him out there just looking around. I hardly ever get up to check on him. after a while he'll be back in bed. I'm not finding any signs of anything bothering the garden, I haven't seen a groundhog for months. he must be doing something right. but no it's his choose go in or out. Only time he has to stay in. is when I'm not home at all. He is not kind to strangers at all. I don't want him attacking anyone that might show up and I'm not around to tell him they are ok. but if someone would go in the house, It's his call then. If he has meet you with me.you might think he loves you very friendly and so gentle with kids.But his breed and he is mixed Cane Curso with Husky an owner needs to know how to handle this type of dog . They have no fear and are very protective.

@kenriley That works, too.


is he eating above or below ground?

btroje Level 9 June 16, 2018

Above. He is eating the leaves

@Goodhope458 can you make a hardware cloth cage around it/them and secure it to the ground?


What's a groundhog?

FrayedBear Level 9 June 16, 2018

A very cute small little trouble maker. They dig holes and live underground and love to eat stuff out of your garden. I said small but some I have seen weigh at least 20 lbs. You can google them.

@kenriley Are they edible. If not, why not?

@FrayedBear Yes they are edible I have never had one but I do know some people that have, They only eat plants so I would think they wouldn't be too bad.

A groundhog is a dimwitted creature that can cause destruction and is very greedy, so somewhat like Trump but less annoying and not quite so greedy.

@Silverwhisper Yes but they are cute. Your comment did make me laugh

@kenriley Sounds like part of your meat supply has been delivered into your hands? Well almost - if they are that dim they should not be hard to catch.


I've planted 600 bulbs of garlic as a perimeter around my garden and 2 dozen lavender plants in the middle as deterrents to garden pests, plus a 6 foot high fence. Last evening my wife called me to come have a look at what was going on in the garden. Standing in the middle of the carrot patch was a deer eating away happily, I chased it off and it easily cleared the fence from a standing position, this morning 3 more were back and I went out to ask them to leave the area, they reluctantly edged away from me when I got within 20 ft., I think the only thing that will work is to get a dog. Our last dog was an accomplished groundhog killer, she loved to bring back her presents to me, usually without a head.

Surfpirate Level 8 June 16, 2018

My dog Thor takes care of the rabbits, groundhogs mostly any thing that moves. The thing I found that works for deer. Is i screwed strips of wood up on the fence post 2 to 3 ft higher than the post and ran yellow caution tape around the whole garden they have not jump over or been in the garden sense doing that.

I've read that the scent of human urine will keep the deer away, however you have to apply every day....

@HippieChick58 I was up at 5 am this morning and when I went to make the coffee I could see 3 deer hanging around in the old apple trees beside my vegetable garden. So while the kettle was coming to a boil so I could brew the coffee in the french press I slipped on my flip flops and wandered out to the garden to chase them off. They let me get with 20 ft before they became agitated, so I did the guy thing and whipped out and drained the lizard in the hopes it would drive them away. They moved away another 10 ft but that's all, so I asked them nicely to leave my garden alone but feel free to eat anything else, they went back to munching on the lower branches of the apple trees. Once back inside and the boiling water poured over the coffee grounds I go back to the solarium and have a look to see how my urine deterrent is working and there's the smallest of the three deer standing right on top of where I just peed.
I guess human pee works better when there are human hunters around drinking lots of beer as they wait to shoot the deer that come to the corn piles that 'hunters' like to put out so they don't have to actually hunt. smile009.gif

@Surfpirate LOL!! Thank you for your effort in dispelling that myth. I appreciate your efforts and your report.

@HippieChick58 I was a bit crestfallen to say the least. smile003.gif

@HippieChick58 Lol you are just looking for any excuse to relive your feral hippie days? ?

@FrayedBear Hippies are not known for following rules

@Surfpirate Perhaps it needs to go stale and rancid?


I have damn bunnies nibbling on my herbs, I feel your pain. And I have no clue what to do with a groundhog if it isn't February.

HippieChick58 Level 9 June 16, 2018

Rabbit pie?

@FrayedBear The lawn mower decimated a burrow one summer. I don't notice that the population has decreased smile003.gif I usually see six or 8 in the half mile it take me to get out of my neighborhood in the mornings. And that is just in the front yards.

@HippieChick58 Get a tom cat. Love bunnies.


Suppressed 22 loaded with hollow-points.

bigpawbullets Level 8 June 16, 2018

Double barrel shotgun, sawn off barrels - less aiming.

Whoa! That would get the neighbor's AND. The g- hog''s attention!

P.S. Makes a mess of the cabbage though saves on shredding for the coleslaw or stirfry!

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