Woodchucks (also called Groundhogs and Whistlepigs) dig deep burrows in yards and under stoops, decks and sheds. While Woodchucks generally avoid contact with humans, females may be assertive in defense of their young. They are often attacked by dogs and may deliver a deep bite to a dog in self-defense.
Woodchuck burrows tend to be smelly and flies can be observed at the entrance. Woodchucks also carry fleas that can jump to pets and get carried inside where they infest the home.
Gardeners dislike sharing their crops with Woodchucks. Woodchuck predation on crops may include cutting off young shoots at the soil level. The sprouts of peas, cucumbers, and sunflowers are among their favorites, and construction of a fence around the garden is often the best way to keep them out. Surprisingly, Woodchucks cannot only burrow beneath fences, but they can also climb them. Their stocky bodies do not adequately advertise their relative athleticism.
Fences constructed to exclude Woodchucks from gardens should be counter set beneath ground level and should angle outward at the top. While Woodchucks can climb fences that are straight, they cannot climb angled fences. For trapping or control of Woodchucks in Illinois, or for more information on how to construct fences to keep wildlife out of the garden, please contact ABC Humane Wildlife Control.
As human settlements have expanded in Illinois, wildlife is left with fewer natural options of where to live. Some species, like Raccoons and Squirrels have thrived in human-occupied areas, while other species, like Woodchucks have not fared as well living alongside our pets and us. Researchers believe that there are fewer Woodchucks today in the Chicagoland area than there were decades ago, but they remain plentiful nonetheless.
Landmark’s ABC Wildlife Certified Technicians
Landmark solves every wildlife issue from A through Z. When animals invade your home, yard, attic, or business, we make solving your wildlife issue as simple as A-B-C.
Every one of Landmark’s State-certified wildlife technicians undergo extensive training before receiving their ABC Humane Wildlife Certification in humane wildlife control. Our courteous technicians will come to your home and solve any wildlife problem that is causing damage to your property or threatening the health and safety of your pets and family. You can rest easy knowing that Landmark’s ABC Humane Wildlife certified technicians have the training and expertise to be the best.
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Go directly to ABC Humane Wildlife’s homepage to learn more about the originators of the nuisance wildlife control field in Illinois.
Wildlife in Illinois
The greatest threat facing wildlife is habitat loss. When Illinois and the Chicago region were comprised of deciduous forest, wetlands and prairie, a greater diversity of ecological niches existed supporting a greater variety of animals and plants.
Human expansion transforms once diverse ecosystems and removes them, making way for uniform landscapes, like homes and parking lots. The trees and plants that we then select for our landscaping are often invasive and fail to provide food or habitat for what wildlife remain.
In spite of our poor habitat management practices, some species of wildlife have endured and even thrived alongside us. Raccoons, for instance, have greater population numbers today than when covered wagons crossed this area 200 years ago. Fall population estimates for raccoons in the North Shore suburbs around Deerfield, Highland Park and Winnetka have reached 99 raccoons per square mile, and many towns in Cook County have reported record numbers of skunks in recent years.
Integrated Pest Management Principles for Humane Wildlife Control
Landmark Pest Management utilizes the humane wildlife control service of ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention. Since Landmark Pest Management is an ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention company, we know that ABC Humane Wildlife is aligned in the same Integrated Pest Management Principles that comprise the Landmark Difference.
- Modifying structures to keep wildlife out is the most humane, safe, and economical means of solving and preventing wildlife issues. Chimney caps, attic fan covers, attic vent guards, installing animal-proof screening beneath stoops and decks and correcting structural deficiencies should first be employed to reduce reliance on animal trapping.
- With adequate correction of structural deficiencies most rodent problems should be able to be well controlled without the long term use of rodenticide baits. When rodenticide baits are used as a knock-down agent for the immediate control of severe rodent problems, structural exclusion must take place in conjunction with their use to reduce reliance on rodenticides over time, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the need for rodenticides, since rodenticides may have the undesirable potential of reaching non-target species such as birds of prey and other wildlife.
- The control of bats and the remediation of bat colonies must center around the use of one-way-doors, called excluders, that allow bats to escape but not re-enter.
ABC Humane Wildlife Control and Prevention is headquartered in Arlington Heights and offers same day animal control service to Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County, McHenry County, and parts of Kane and Will Counties. Their phones are staffed by state-certified nuisance wildlife control personnel who will create a plan encompassing exclusion, and if necessary trapping, to resolve your animal problem and restore your home or office to safe, sanitary conditions.
ABC Humane Wildlife’s 24 hour telephone number is (847) 870-7175 or you can learn more about their programs and book service on the web by visiting www.abcwildlife.com
Animal Relocation in Illinois
Some healthy animals may be relocated alive onto private lands with a good water supply and an abundance of the animal’s natural food and harborage. For instance, this means that relocation sites for flying squirrels must feature mature oak trees so that the squirrels can feed on their acorns and live in their hollow cavities. All release sites must be on private lands within 40 miles of where the animals were captured in order to comply with State laws and avoid the spread of diseases. Consideration must be taken not to exceed the natural carrying capacity of any piece of land. Consideration for the impact of released species on properties adjacent to the release site must be considered. Since the State of Illinois authorizes only select species of wildlife to be released only onto private land within 40 miles of capture, ongoing effort must be made on the part of wildlife control organizations to secure new release sites through arrangement with private landowners.
Without the hospitality that you offer to wildlife, reintroduction to their natural habitat would not be possible. Private landowners with suitable sites should volunteer their properties to receive relocated wildlife. Unless landowners cooperate with the relocation of wildlife to their properties, species that are allowed by law to be released will not have accommodations available to them. Private landowners who wish to offer their private lands for the release of relocated wildlife should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.