The dang critter comes up on my deck to the back door. He seems to be trying to convince Tigger to open the door and share his kibbles. Tigger has so far declined. A friend of ours came over and help load huge stones up and around the deck on the holes. They got a dose of soap and pepper. If he tries to move around them or dig under them he'll get a nasty surprise. As in boxes and cans of nails that have been donated to the discourage the critters cause.
David...WOW what a lesson in ground hog science.
I never heard of one until the movie "Ground hog Day" and had never seen one until we moved to PA 13 years ago. We had rented a "gentleman farm" and they had taken over the place. They brazenly ambled down the sidewalks, they propped themselves up with their pot bellies protruding, chomping on fallen apples under the apple trees, they dug through the foundation of the garden shed and garage. It was scary. I remember buying fox urine on-line ..to no avail. I never wanted to shoot an animal before but seeing the damage they can do to structures I was ready to do anything. We moved before that happened! Our pack of dogs have kept them at bay here, but over the years we've had 3 or 4 make their way onto our property. You people with them homesteading under decks or houses...YIKES!!!! Didn't know they'd inhabit SO CLOSE BY!!!
I like ground hogs....as long as they are not on my property. We had one try to take up residence under the deck at the house in Park Forest. My daughter would bring over her dogs to play and it would drive them nuts by peeking out from under the deck and then ducking back when they came running. Finally one of the dogs sniffed around on top of the deck until he located it, then squatted down and pee'd right through the deck onto it....it bolted out ne'er to be seen again
In Missouri we had a clan of them that had been living, and burrowing, in the barn for so long they had a whole warren of tunnels. That was OK until a couple of skunks decided to try and evict them. Because the last thing I wanted was a family of skunks living there we decided everyone had to go. We tried smoke bombs, covering the entrances, even shoved a hose down the tunnel. Damn water ran for three days and it still never filled up. I think about the only thing that happened was the papa ground hog invited all his buddies over to hang out in his new jacuzzi. It wasn't until we started digging that we realized the extent of the tunnels and that we were fighting a loosing battle
Trying to discourage the groundhog that is currently living under my deck. Just poured liquid dish soap, cayenne pepper and nails down his holes. And poured ammonia on the deck. We'll see if that works, if not then the next purchase is coyote urine.
I should add, this guy was caught in a "have a heart trap" the day after this photo, and was relocated to state game lands.
Your Jack Russells would confront a groundhog?? Wow. My rat terrier runs the other direction, they are as big as he is. But my Whippets will team up on them...I have a hard time picking up a dead groundhog..I have to call my neighbor.
O how I miss really good tomatoes! We had to get rid of groundhogs since their tunnels /holes were perfect size to cause a horse or cow to break its leg...My Jack Russell terriers were great hunters and had a lot of fresh meat.
There is everything you need for a good meal in the photograph - meat, vegetables, etc. You might try to scare the critter off by posting a recipe in your garden for groundhog stew, assuming the critter can read...
As "cute" as he is...and the lettuce has gone to seed anyway.....I'm afraid of a dog-groundhog confrontation which always ends in blood all around. I think my neighbor has plans torelocate him.
sure not camera shy is he.
I hope he (she) says "thank you" for all the vegetables you are growing. Nice to see you free grow your tomatoes instead of caging them (maybe cage the groundhog)
Whatever about yer man, the tomatoes look good.
Smile! You're on candid camera! Thanks for sharing this photo.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Mr. Whistle Pig comes a callin. Nice pic, Janene.