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Re: [aroid-l] Woodchuck problem

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Woodchuck problem
  • From: "ron iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 13:47:13 +0100

What's a Woodchuck?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2004 5:47 AM
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Woodchuck problem

> > From: r2ot@charter.net
> >  I have been having a problem with a woodchuck/woodchucks chewing
> up plenty of plants in the garden.If anyone knows a trick or
> something to scare them away or stop them from chewing up my plants
> I'd like to hear it
> ----------
> An aggressive dog running loose will encourage them to move to
> another area; tethered or indoor dogs won't discourage them. 
> Chickenwire fence buried at least a foot in the soil, turned out away
> from what you're trying to protect will stop them.  Fence doesn't
> have to be more than 3' tall.  You might also try hot pepper spray or
> one of the other nasty tasting sprays available for discouraging
> wildlife.  They are strict herbivores and can wreak havoc on tasty
> plantings - I used to have a time with them when I grew veggies
> before I fenced off the veggie garden.
> Woodchucks (AKA groundhogs) have poor eyesight but excellent hearing.
>  They are not rocket scientists in the brain department.  They are
> excellent diggers but don't climb.  If cornered, they can be
> aggressive and bite, otherwise they are fairly mild mannered.  They
> dig extensive burrows with more than one entrance, generally marked
> by a large mound of soil outside the main entrance.  If you find a
> den, you can try running a hose in it tho' that doesn't always
> work...but if you do it enough, they might decide to move elsewhere.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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