Groundhogs: Where They Live and Other Facts
Groundhogs have their moment of fame every year on February 2nd. Groundhog Day occurs when our winter is halfway over. Spring starts on March 20th.
Tradition says that if the groundhog see its shadow on Groundhog Day, we’ll have another 6 weeks of winter. What do you predict?
Groundhogs live on Long Island and throughout much of the eastern United States, across Canada, and into Alaska.. They are also known as woodchucks. These small rodents are in the squirrel family. Unlike Punxsutawney Phil, groundhogs are relatively small on Long Island – weighing between five to ten pounds. Punxsutawney Phil weighs about 20 pounds.
By slowing down their body functions, groundhogs hibernate each winter. They start to hibernate sometime around the middle of September and are become active again in late February. Mating season starts soon afterwards.
Groundhogs whistle to attract mates and when alarmed. They are known to bask in the sun outside their tunnel entrances. They only live 3 to 4 years. They are are diurnal - meaning that they are active during the day and sleep at night.
Groundhogs as Pests
Groundhogs dig long tunnels sometimes over 60 feet long. These tunnels have several entrances and may be over several feet deep. The tunnel or burrow has several rooms including a nest and toilet areas. The entrance is generally 10-12 inches wide.
While groundhogs eat mainly grasses and plants, they also might eat your vegetables, fruit and tree bark.
What’s really digging up your yard? Moles, chipmunks and other wildlife also dig tunnels. Let our professionals inspect your property to determine what’s really bugging you. We’ll give you the answers that you need and information to make a better decision on your exterminating needs. Call today for a free inspection (516) 864-6900 or (631) 864-6900 or (631) 287-6900