Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are rodents and herbivores. Since they feed primarily on vegetables, trees, grasses, and legumes, a groundhog can single-handedly destroy an entire garden. They can also damage and even destroy fruit trees and ornamental shrubs by gnawing on them. Groundhogs like to burrow near the foundation of a house. Their extensive burrowing can eventually compromise the structural integrity of a home.
The Health Risks
Damage to Limbs:
The entrance holes to groundhog burrows can pose a danger to humans and animals like horses when they unknowingly step in them and break an ankle or leg.
Groundhogs also carry fleas and ticks, which can pass on diseases like Lyme and Powassan to people and pets.
Groundhogs are known carriers of the rabies virus. If bitten by one, it’s important to immediately seek medical attention and be treated with the rabies vaccine.
Groundhogs also carry tularemia, which is transmitted to them by insects. Humans can contract tularemia from an infected groundhog through contact with it or its fecal matter. A skin ulcer appears at the site the bacteria entered the body. It is accompanied by swollen lymph glands. It can eventually lead to a cough, chest pain, and difficulty breathing.
The Modern Solution for Groundhog Removal and Control
A Wildlife Team member will assess the situation to determine if you have groundhogs. They will analyze damage, droppings, and evidence of burrowing. Trenching can be used to keep the groundhog away from the foundation of the structure. Trapping and removal can also be beneficial in getting them out of your yard.
Modern’s Wildlife Services may differ based on local regulations. Please call 800-323-7378 for more information.
When you partner with Modern Pest Services, you’ll never have to worry about a pest, rodent or wildlife issue again!
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Will My Homeowners Insurance Cover Wildlife Damage?
Since every homeowners insurance policy is different, it’s important to talk with your agent and find out exactly what is covered by yours.
Most standard home and mobile home insurance policies will cover damage to your home by a wild animal if the animal is not a rodent. Some common nuisance rodents are mice, rats, chipmunks, flying and ground squirrels, groundhogs, and porcupines. Bats, birds, raccoons, and weasels are not rodents, and are often covered.
Usually, the damage must have occurred in a single, identifiable event. If it occurred over a gradual period and preventable action could have been taken, it might not be covered.
When you’re shopping for a policy, talk with an agent about possible wildlife damage scenarios you could face. They will be able to inform you on whether the policy offers coverage in each scenario.