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Groundhog Day is an exciting time of the year for some famous and well known groundhogs around the US. Every year our favorite groundhog tells us if there will be 6 more weeks of winter, or if spring is on the way.

We found 6 fascinating facts to help you get to know these roly-poly rodents:

  1. Groundhogs are among the few animals that are true hibernators, fattening up in the warm seasons and snoozing for most of three months during the chill times.
  2. A groundhog’s diet consists of lots of greens, fruits, and vegetables and very little water. Most of their liquids come from dewy leaves.
  3. A groundhog can whistle when it is alarmed. Groundhogs also whistle in the spring when they begin courting.
  4. A groundhog’s life span is normally 6 to 8 years. However; the famous Groundhog, Phil, receives a drink of a magical punch every summer during the Annual Groundhog Picnic, which gives him 7 more years of life.
  5. Insects do not bother groundhogs and germs pretty much leave them alone. They are resistant to the plagues that periodically wipe out large numbers of wild animals. One reason for this is their cleanliness.
  6. Groundhogs are the largest species in the squirrel family.

Groundhogs (or Woodchucks) are know for there destructive nature and can be found in parts of Georgia.  The good news is there are ways to discourage them from settling down and making your garden or yard less appealing. Below are 5 ways we found to detour groundhogs:

  1. Harvest vegetables as early as possible.
  2. Remove brush and piles of rock from your yard to help make them feel more exposed, and trim back any overgrown foliage.
  3. Remove tree trunks they could use to grind down their teeth.
  4. Fill in abandoned burrows with rocks or gravel.
  5. If you continue to have issues with groundhogs around your home, call or visit American Pest Control to find our what our Wildlife Division can do to help! Happy Groundhog Day!!