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Old 07-25-2012, 07:19 AM
 
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Neighbor and I have noticed a groundhog going between my yard and his. We would like to see about getting rid of it but wanted to know the right person to call. I can call a pest control company but wanted to know if FFX County had a place to call or if anyone had suggestions on who to call to get rid of it.

Thanks
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:42 AM
 
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Adopt a fox...
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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You'll have to call a trapping company. Fairfax animal control is geared more towards domesticated animals and protecting people. From their website:

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Fairfax County Animal Control Officers will respond to the following wildlife encounters/emergencies:
In a home or business that poses a threat to humans or pets
Between humans or domestic animals that could result in rabies exposures
When wildlife shows signs and symptoms of rabies
When wildlife poses a threat to humans or pets
When wildlife appear sick or injured

Fairfax County Animal Control Officers do NOT respond to the following:
calls reporting wildlife nuisances
when wildlife poses no real threat to humans or pets
Examples:
Wild animals living under decks, storage sheds, porches
Wild animals living in populated areas
Wild animals in attics, basements, garages and sheds
Wildlife has damaged gardens, flower beds or shrubs
Animal Control Services*- Fairfax County, Virginia

I used Adcock's trapping to determine if skunks were living under our shed. Turns out they weren't (luckily), but I have no complaints about their service.

Last edited by cyArmy; 07-25-2012 at 08:01 AM.. Reason: Add Recommendation
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:01 AM
 
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Call the Turtle Man!! From his show, Call of the Wildman, it appears he removes all types of rodents, and only charges a few dollars (or accepts trade such as fresh bread or eggs).

The Turtleman, Ernie Brown, Jr. : Call of the Wildman : Animal Planet

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Old 07-25-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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Don't use plastic explosives

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Old 07-25-2012, 08:17 AM
 
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Adopt a fox...

Seriously, though - unless it's causing damage, what's the problem?
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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Seriously, though - unless it's causing damage, what's the problem?
It is digging holes in both of our yards.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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It is digging holes in both of our yards.
Ah. In that case I suggest Carl Spackler. Does entertaining work....
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Ground hogs reportedly can't stand the smell of burning human hair, but I don't know as if lighting a tuft and holding it over their burrow hole would force them to excavate. Wouldn't want to "pull out my hair" (pun intended) over a rodent problem anyway. Pouring water into the hole would likely flush them out eventually, but that would take alot of wasted water IMHO and probably cause more problems than it would fix. Short of anything else, there's the pest removal service as has been already recommended. I don't know as if the county would do it since it's not considered a public nuisance and it's private property and not endangering anything or anyone.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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Default The answer: cat litter

USED cat litter.. poured into their hole. Groundhogs are quite fastidious and cannot abide used cat litter. They may not move too far, but they will vacate their holes/dens. Good luck!
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