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Old 08-03-2008, 03:45 PM
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Sad face Help Getting Rid of a Woodchuck

This is the second year weve had a woodchuck feasting on our garden. Its frustrating when you work so hard to have a nice vegetable garden, only to have it disappear. Last year, we tried to trap the critter with one of those humane traps. The clever animal was able to get the vegetable bait without getting caught in the trap.
This year, we fenced in our garden with chicken wire. The woodchuck had no trouble getting in again by burrowing a hole under the chicken wire.

After researching the subject online, I tried spreading human hair clippings around the perimeter of the garden. This was not an effective woodchuck repellent. I also tried sprinkling the plants with Cayenne pepper. This kept him away for a couple of days until it rained, and the rain washed the pepper off of the plants.

So ... I ordered a product called Critter Ridder, which is supposed to be a woodchuck repellent. It worked for a few days until it rained, and there wasnt enough left in the container for a second full application. It was expensive, too.

Does anyone have any other ideas?
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Old 08-03-2008, 05:06 PM
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I have bunnies and deer eating my flowers off....
Most of our friends which have veg. gardens put alumium pie tins all through there gardens on poles of varying heights. These are the thin disposable kind. They say that these seem to scare the critters off when they bump into them. I've heard about the air clippings...don't know anyone that has used it thow.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:28 PM
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I had a woodchuck a number of years ago and the thing was eating my garden and digging holes under the shed. I had a game warden come out and set a trap. And that didn't work. I tried the pie tins, moth balls, and everything anyone told us to try. Even though you aren't supposed to shoot it, it was the only way I was going to get rid of it. Since we lived in the country that is what we did after all else failed.

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Old 08-04-2008, 09:54 AM
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Woodchucks are almost impossible to get rid of. One thing I've heard works well is something that cause vibration like a whirlygig---a sturdy one. There is also a device they make just for this. I don't know the name of it though.

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Old 08-08-2008, 11:20 AM
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I too would say shoot it. Since most things don't work.
Hair, pie tins and jingle bells on fishing line does not work around here. If the anilmals want it, they will get to it.
We have no garden this year due tho the deer destroying our gardens the last couple years.
I out tomaotes in pots in the front of the house, something is nibbling them. Probabaly a coon or possum.
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