Trapping a Groundhog

We’re trying to trap a groundhog that lives under our shed.

There must be a maze of tunnels under the shed.

We tried last year and never caught him.

The trap when it has been sprung.

We borrowed our neighbor’s humane animal trap and are giving it another go. Our neighbor suggested that he had success with carrots as enticements.

The trap is baited with cantaloupe to draw the animal in.

Another friend, however, caught his rodent in a day with cantaloupe.  Not only did he set the trap with the melon, he also rubbed it all over the outside of the trap.

The trap has been positioned near the hole.

Hoping to show you our friendly varmint in the cage. SOON!

Do you say woodchuck or groundhog or whistle pig?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

9 thoughts on “Trapping a Groundhog”

    1. I’m afraid the shed might collapse. and Charlie’s afraid the varmint will feast on our homegrown vegetables. He’s gotta go. Jo

  1. I say words I cannot repeat here! WE have had a long history with these critters as they have fattened themselves on our garden for years. But this season we outsmarted them by building a raised bed for our beans. As of yesterday the count is US: 41 quarts canned, Groundhogs not even 1 leaf eaten. I have had luck trapping with melon, corn and other veggies. I even caught a momma and two babies all at once this year at our rental house.

      1. The one in the movie Groundhog Day is the only one that does not evoke the warrior response on me. But our bumper crop of beans has pushed that response deeper down this year.

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