Animals Burrowing under Garden

Asked May 9, 2019, 7:46 AM EDT

I used to have a beautiful and bountiful garden. I got an early start and was away 4 days expecting to come home yesterday and harvest kale. Instead I came to a barren area and large holes in my garden and other areas around my deck I have contracted someone to help me with a rodent problem, but these holes are large . I need your help. TY Steve

Montgomery County Maryland wildlife

1 Response

It sounds like you might be dealing with a groundhog. They make large holes greater than 3 inches and can be voracious in a vegetable garden. Does it look like the holes continue into a tunnel or burrow? Do you see any signs of burrowing under a shed, deck, or other structure? Take a look at our website for information on groundhogs and what you can do. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/groundhogs

Here is information on how to report nuisance wildlife and get assistance in Montgomery County. https://www3.montgomerycountymd.gov/311/Solutions.aspx?SolutionId=1-2HK5B3

You will find more information in our publication on dealing with nuisance wildlife. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/hgic/HGIC_Pubs/wildlife/HG90%2...

Christa