Call 440-236-8114 To Request Humane Groundhog Trapping And Removal Services In Cleveland, Akron And Canton, Ohio

Call 440-236-8114 To Request Groundhog Trapping And Removal Services In Cleveland And Akron Ohio

Call 440-236-8114 to schedule an inspection of your yard and property. After the inspection has been completed, the CWR groundhog removal specialist will provide you with a quote for your approval, to complete the work.

We Know How To Get Rid Of Groundhogs Under Sheds And In Backyards 

Pictured here is Mike Cottom Sr. Mike has been trapping and removing groundhogs in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio since 1986. He is holding a groundhog control pole (catch pole) in one hand and a humane groundhog trap in the other hand. 

JULY 26, 2021 – AKRON OHIO – Pictured here is Mike Cottom Sr. He has been trapping and removing groundhogs in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio since 1986. Mike has passed on his groundhog trapping tricks to his son, Mike Jr. and the other trappers at CWR. He is holding a animal control pole (catch pole) in one hand and a humane groundhog 2-door live trap in the other hand.

Because of their diet and their habit of burrowing, groundhogs are considered a nuisance by homeowners, gardeners and farmers in Northern Ohio. They eat garden vegetables and their burrows undermine the foundations of buildings. Groundhogs can excavate up to 5,000 pounds of earth in a year, and create a tunnel system that can spread over a quarter of an acre.

In Ohio, nuisance groundhogs can be live-trapped legally by Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company. The large holes they dig in yards, which can be 8-12 inches in size, can become a problem. Learn how to deal with nuisance groundhog on your property and how to prevent damage, at the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources website.

Groundhogs in Cleveland, Ohio can be a real nuisance. They have been know to steal packages off the front porch of Cleveland homes. They have even been caught on camera making their getaway. Watch the video here.

How CWR Traps Groundhogs In Yards

CWR gets groundhogs out of backyards, holes, gardens, garages, car engines and houses in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.

JULY 26, 2021 – CLEVELAND OHIO – CWR gets groundhogs out of backyards and holes for residents of Cleveland, Akron, Fairlawn, Lorain, Parma, Beachwood, Tallmadge, Canton and Medina, Ohio.

The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company effectively uses live groundhog traps to remove groundhogs from yards. Common types of bait used are fruits such as cantaloupe and vegetables such as beans and peas.

If the nuisance groundhogs have been feeding on vegetables or melons in a garden, these same vegetables and fruits can also be used as bait for the trap. CWR gets groundhogs out of yards, houses, buildings, holes, gardens, garages, trees, crawl spaces and even car engines – and also from under decks, patios, sheds and houses. Although some Ohioans find it hard to believe, groundhogs even climb trees to eat apples and other fruits.

CWR Knows How To Trap Groundhogs In Cleveland, Akron And Canton Ohio

PICTURED HERE IS ALEX, A WILDLIFE TRAPPER AT COTTOMS WILDLIFE REMOVAL COMPANY - Alex believes that trapping nuisance wild animals can be an effective method of reducing the spread of harmful diseases while also managing and controlling damage caused by the wildlife in Ohio.

JULY 26, 2021 – Pictured here is Alex Svensen. He is one of the best groundhog trappers at the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Company. Alex likes to use Havahart 2-door live groundhog traps because the dual entry system provides a higher catch rate. Because groundhogs can see through the trap, they are less cautious. Alex likes to place the trap on a level surface within 5 to 10 feet from the entrance to the groundhog burrow.

The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company knows how to trap and get rid groundhogs. In Cleveland, Akron and Canton, nuisance groundhogs, or woodchucks, can be live-trapped and relocated with permission of the landowner. The Ohio Division of Wildlife licenses nuisance trappers, such as the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company, that can be hired to remove problem groundhogs for a fee.

How To Get Rid Of Groundhogs In Your Yard Or Garden Safely And Humanely

JULY 25, 2021 - Pictured here is a groundhog in the backyard of a home in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cottom's Wildlife Removal company knows how to get rid of groundhogs in your yard or garden, safely and humanely.

JULY 25, 2021 – Pictured here is a groundhog in the backyard of a home in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company knows how to get rid of groundhogs in your yard or garden, safely and humanely.

Fencing And Groundhog Exclusion Barriers To Keep Groundhogs Out

Pesky groundhogs can do real damage to a home garden or yard. Here are some solutions to get rid of groundhogs safely and humanely, or you can call the professionals at the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company.

Wildlife exclusion specialists from CWR can place fencing around your vegetable garden or groundhog exclusion barriers underneath your porch or deck to keep groundhogs out. Because groundhogs can jump over, or tunnel under short fences, to get into gardens, CWR groundhog exclusion experts install tall fences and buries fences 12 inches underground to protect gardens.

If you want to “fence out” digging animals such as groundhogs, typically two by three-inch fencing, galvanized or plastic-coated for resistance to the weather, will work to exclude groundhogs. Barriers and dig protection devices can be purchased at Lowes.

CWR’s professional trappers keep groundhogs out of gardens for folks that live in Cleveland, Strongsville, Akron, Westlake, Mentor, Columbus, Cincinnati, Canton, North Royalton and other Northern Ohio cities.

Animal Control And Wildlife Removal Services In Cleveland, Akron And Canton, Ohio 

JULY 26, 2021 - Pictured here are 9 groundhog trapping and removal experts at the Cottom's Wildlife Removal company of Ohio. They enjoy working with customers throughout Northern Ohio to solve groundhog problems.

JULY 26, 2021 – Pictured here are 9 groundhog trapping and removal experts at the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company of Ohio. They enjoy working with customers throughout Northern Ohio to solve groundhog problems.

How To Get Rid Of Groundhogs Under Your Shed

You can call the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company at 440-236-9114 to get rid of groundhogs under your shed. You can also try some of natural ways to get rid of groundhogs. Some experts suggest putting windchimes or lawn windmills near your shed. Because groundhogs stay away from vibrations in the ground, you can try putting a vibrating sonic device near your shed.

Groundhog Removal Services Near You

If you live in Northern Ohio, and were searching online for “groundhog removal near me”, “groundhog removal cost”, “groundhog trappers near me” or “groundhog removal services near me”, you have found your answer. CWR traps and removes groundhogs for people that live all across Northern Ohio. Call 440-236-8114 for an estimate for groundhog removal services.

Contact The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Company To Get Rid Of Groundhogs

For Groundhog Trapping And Removal Services In Cleveland, Akron And Canton, Ohio Call 440-236-8114

Pictured here are 4 professional groundhog trappers that work for the Cottom's Wildlife Removal company in Ohio. They know how to get rid of groundhogs and keep them out of yards, gardens and from under houses, decks, sheds and patios.

Pictured here are 4 professional groundhog trappers that work for the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company in Ohio. They know how to get rid of groundhogs and keep them out of yards, gardens and from under houses, decks, sheds and patios.

CWR Stops Groundhogs From Damaging Yards, Gardens, Houses, Sheds, Decks, Foundations And Patios

Groundhogs are excellent burrowers and they use burrows for sleeping, rearing young and hibernating. Groundhogs can damage yards, gardens, sheds, house foundations, retaining walls, patios, decks and even driveways.  Their burrows can damage foundations of houses, barns and garages. If homeowners do not properly control groundhogs, these rodents can cause serious structural damage when burrowing with their strong claws.  These so-called “land beavers” and “whistle pigs” also destroy lawns and gardens.

Their burrows can be up to 6 feet deep. Learn the best ways to keep groundhogs out of your yard or garden, here. Find out how to use prevention, scare tactics, fencing and trapping to get rid of groundhogs, here.

About Groundhogs

One day a year, Feb. 2, the groundhog goes from backyard pest to weather-prognosticating superstar. Find out five things you may not know about groundhogs, here. Buckeye Chuck became Ohio’s official groundhog in 1979. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has resident groundhogs, including one with an alliterative name (Lake Erie Eddie).

Buckeye Chuck or Punxsutawney Phil: Who is more accurate? [Video]
Posted On YouTube On February 2, 2021 By WBNS 10TV (10TV.com)

Groundhogs [Video]
Posted On YouTube On April 21, 2021 By OhioDNR (Ohio Department Of Natural Resources)

The groundhog, also known as a woodchuck, is a rodent belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. The groundhog is a lowland creature of North America; it is found throughout Ohio. The groundhog is also referred to as a groundpig, whistlepig and land beaver. Groundhogs are an extremely intelligent animal forming complex social networks, able to understand social behavior, form kinship with their young, understand and communicate threats through whistling, and work cooperatively to solve tasks such as burrowing.

Very often, the dens of groundhogs provide homes for other animals, including skunks, red foxes, and cottontail rabbits. The fox and skunk feed upon field mice, grasshoppers, beetles and other creatures that destroy farm crops. In aiding these animals, the groundhog indirectly helps the farmer. In addition to providing homes for itself and other animals, the groundhog aids in soil improvement by bringing subsoil to the surface.

To Get Rid Of Groundhogs In Cuyahoga County, Ohio Call 440-236-8114

JULY 28, 2021 - PICTURED HERE ARE 3 CWR GROUNDHOG CONTROL VANS APPROACHING DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND OHIO - The City Of Cleveland Animal Control Services and the Cottom's Wildlife Removal company both manage human-animal conflicts in the Northeast Ohio community. Pictured here are 3 of CRW's groundhog control trucks on the highway heading to a large groundhog trapping, removal and exclusion project for a concerned commercial client.

JULY 28, 2021 – PICTURED HERE ARE 3 CWR GROUNDHOG CONTROL VANS APPROACHING DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND OHIO – The City Of Cleveland Animal Control Services and the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company both manage human-animal conflicts in the Northeast Ohio community. Pictured here are 3 of CRW’s groundhog control trucks on the highway heading to a large groundhog trapping, removal and exclusion project for a concerned commercial client.

For Humane Groundhog Removal Services In Northern Ohio Call 440-236-8114

Trapping and killing groundhogs is permitted in Ohio, but this control technique is not humane. The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company prefers, whenever possible, to use wildlife exclusion devices to prevent groundhogs from getting under sheds, houses and foundations.

CWR groundhog control specialists use “excluders” with one way doors which are designed to let groundhogs get out from under decks, porches, crawl spaces, sheds and other man-made structures. CWR pest control technicians also are proficient at installing wildlife barriers, L-footer style fencing (underground barrier) and wire mesh to fence out digging animals such as groundhogs.

City Of Cleveland Division of Animal Care & Control

The Cleveland Division of Animal Care & Control responds to animal complaints, enforces ordinances, picks up stray animals, and reunites lost animals with their owners. Cleveland Animal Control will pick up any trapped wildlife except skunks (contracted trappers will pick up skunks). For information about the City of Cleveland dead animal pick up, call 216-664-2000 or call CWR at 440-236-8114 to schedule the pick up of a dead deer or a dead animal carcass.

Groundhog Steals Workout Gear In Porch-Pirate Hornswaggle
Posted On YouTube On July 21, 2021 By NBC4 Columbus (NBC4i.com)

Homeowner Kelly Svoboda, of Cleveland, looked forward to her delivery of athletic wear. But a groundhog intercepted the package, trundled down the porch stairs, and headed out across the lawn with its stolen gear — gone like sailors into Davy Jones’ locker.

Animal Control Services Provided By The City Of Cleveland

If you are in need of trapping services, call Cleveland Animal Control Services at 216-664-3069 and leave your name, address, zip code, phone number, and type of nuisance animal.

Animal Control Services FAQ’s | City of Cleveland

Does the City of Cleveland have a service that traps nuisance wildlife? Who do I contact?

You can contact the Division of Animal Control at 216.664.3069. Residents have several service options to choose from regarding nuisance wildlife.

  1. You can use your own trap. Animal Control will pick up any trapped wildlife except skunks (contracted trappers will pick up skunks). We will return the trap or it can be picked up at Animal Control which is located at 9203 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.
  2. You can borrow a trap from us for a $20 returnable deposit. We will pick up any trapped wildlife except skunks (contracted trappers will pick up skunks). The trap will be returned or it can be picked up and used until you are satisfied. The deposit is returned when the trap is returned.
  3. The wildlife can be put on the contracted Wildlife Trapper list. Time frame for this service is unknown because it is difficult to estimate how long it will take the trapper to handle each assigned service call.

If you are in need of trapping services, call 216.664.3069 and leave your name, address, zip code, phone number, and type of nuisance animal. The trapper is not contracted to trap animals that are inside homes. If an animal becomes trapped inside your house, it is your responsibility to handle that situation. The Wildlife Trapping Service is available from April 15th to October 31st each year.

Information About Trapping And Controlling Groundhogs In Ohio

Groundhogs can be successfully trapped in Ohio. Live traps should have a front of at least 10 by 10 inches, and be at least two feet long. Place the trap either at the burrow entrance, in major travel lanes, or at the site of damage. You can also place guide logs on both sides of the trap, to help funnel the groundhog into the trap. A trap should also be covered with dark canvas or grass, to conceal it.

For bait, consider using apple slices, carrots with tops, cantaloupe pieces, lettuce, cabbage or fresh peas. Replace the bait daily and remove any wilted pieces. After the animal is trapped, it should be humanely destroyed or transported at least 10 miles away and released into suitable habitat, where it will not cause damage to another landowner.

Groundhogs Are A Nuisance Species In Ohio [Groundhog Control Information From The Ohio Department of Natural Resources]

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, usually are viewed as nuisance animals for homeowners and farmers. The major problems that they cause are the large holes they dig and the damage that occurs from this animal. Their holes can be 8-12 inches in size. This animal creates two, sometimes three holes, with a large tunnel system that runs from one hole to the next. They usually will have a large mound of dirt in front of the hole called a porch. Groundhogs use this to stand high to get a good view of their surroundings before making their move to venture around. Farmers get crop damage to corn, soybeans and other crops planted in fields. Groundhog dens are a major concern for farmers because of the large tunnel system they build under the ground. Farmers have been known to sink tractor tires in the ground because of the big hole that lies below the surface of the field. Most homeowners deal with groundhogs denning under their porch or shed and damaging their gardens. A den that is built next to a building or house can cause structural damage as their burrows can weaken foundation. Contrary to what most people believe, groundhogs will climb trees. Tree nurseries can face problems with them gnawing on their ornamental or fruit-bearing trees. Other wildlife such as fox or skunks will take over groundhog holes when left vacant.

If you are dealing with a nuisance groundhog on your property there are a few things you can try to prevent damage. Placing fencing around the garden or underneath your porch is a way to keep them out. However, groundhogs are good climbers and diggers. Fences should be at least 3 feet tall and made of heavy, thick wire such as hardware cloth. Burying the lower portion of the fence into the ground at least a foot should help to prevent them from digging underground. At tree nurseries, placing metal flashing or tree guards around the trees at least 3 feet high will prevent wildlife from stripping the bark and destroying the trees. Once a groundhog is present and living on your property, they are hard to get to move along. The best way to get rid of them is to physically remove them. Nuisance groundhogs can be live-trapped and relocated with permission of the landowner. If you choose not to relocate the groundhog, they can either be released on-site where the animal was originally trapped or you may humanely kill it. Refer to the American Veterinary Medical Association for guidelines on euthanasia. Landowners who chose to set traps themselves to catch groundhogs should remember that they are responsible for the animal in the trap. Each trap must be labeled with your name and address, checked every 24 hours and animals removed within 24 hours of being trapped. This is especially important to note when you are trapping within city limits. If you are trapping within city limits, you should always check with your police department to determine if there are any ordinances governing trapping in your community. If you do not want to remove the animal yourself, the Division of Wildlife licenses nuisance trappers that can be contracted with to remove the problem groundhog for a fee.

There is an open hunting season on groundhogs, meaning they may be hunted any time of the year. Refer to the Hunting and Trapping Regulations for additional information.

Groundhog Control Phone Numbers For Ohio

  • For commercial and residential groundhog control, groundhog trapping, groundhog removal and groundhog exclusion services in Dayton, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Portsmouth, Athens, Marietta, Chillicothe and Southern, Ohio call 513-808-9530.
  • For commercial and residential groundhog control, groundhog trapping, groundhog removal and groundhog exclusion services in Toledo, Lorain, Elyria, Sandusky, Cleveland, Strongsville, Lakewood, Mentor, Akron, Canton, Youngstown and Northern, Ohio call 440-236-8114.
  • For commercial and residential groundhog control, groundhog trapping, groundhog removal and groundhog exclusion services in Columbus, Dublin, Powell, Gahanna, Canal Winchester, Washington Court House, Zanesville, Steubenville, Lancaster, Newark, Marion and Central, Ohio call 614-300-27630.

Can You Shoot Groundhogs In Ohio?

Yes, according to hunting guidelines. Groundhogs can be hunted most of the year in Ohio, though spring and summer is the most popular time. In Ohio, it is legal for a homeowner to live-trap and relocate a nuisance groundhog with the landowner’s permission. It is also legal to release a groundhog on-site or humanely kill it.

In Ohio, groundhog hunting is closed during the seven-day deer gun season (November 29-December 5, 2021; December 18-19, 2021). Learn more about hunting and trapping regulations in Ohio, here. However, many cities in Ohio prohibit discharging a firearm or firing a weapon within city limits.

How To Control Groundhogs On Farms In Ohio

Groundhogs love to eat soybean plants. One family of groundhogs can consume a tenth to a quarter of an acre of soybeans. Farmers and rural landowners complain of the damaging effects of groundhogs and control them in a number of ways including fencing, frightening them, toxic gases and trapping. Farmers also deal with groundhogs by calling a qualified pest control provider such as the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company.

Groundhogs in Ohio cause major damage to home gardens and farmers and home gardeners. They devour vegetables and create burrows that leave the soil weak. This can cause damage to farm equipment. Horses and livestock are injured every year in Ohio by groundhog holes and burrows.

Wire mesh fences can deter groundhogs from destroying crops and gardens. Ammonia soaked rags also deter groundhogs.

Groundhogs Can Damage Gardens, Foundations, Homes, Yards, Plants And Trees

A groundhog can make a meal out of your freshly planted vegetable garden. Four-legged free loaders, such as groundhogs, are the number one concern among local gardeners in Cleveland, Ohio. If you are having issues with burrowing pests, get a few tips for identifying and getting rid of groundhogs in your yard and garden, here.

Simple fences can stop groundhogs (woodchucks) from destroying gardens and from burrowing tunnels. Find out more about what to do about groundhogs from The Humane Society Of The United States, here.  It is possible to humanely evict groundhogs.

Professional Wildlife Removal, Control, Trapping And Exclusion Services In Cleveland, Akron And Canton, Ohio

However, there may be times when Ohio property owners need to call a professional wildlife control operator at 440-236-8114 in Cleveland, Akron and Canton, Ohio. CRW traps raccoons, skunks, opossums, groundhogs, beavers, coyotessquirrels and other wild animals. CRW is licensed by the State of Ohio as a “Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator” and is fully insured.

State laws and federal laws protect virtually all wildlife, wild animals and wild places. These statutes regulate which species can be harassed, harvested, trapped, harmed or hunted. The animal trappers at CRW are experts at resolving human-nuisance wildlife conflicts in Hamilton, Canton, Youngstown, Maumee, Ashtabula, Lima, Sandusky, Strongsville, Athens, Chillicothe and Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

It is illegal in Ohio to fail to euthanize, or release on site, any nuisance animals, skunk, raccoon, squirrel, beaver, coyote, red fox, or opossum that is captured, trapped or taken. A violation of a nuisance wild animal control law or rule in Ohio may result in criminal charges [PDF]. However, the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company is legally permitted to remove a trapped animal from a customer’s property because CRW holds an Ohio CNWACO license.

Learn about methods used to capture mammals, handle mammals and care for mammals, here. These methods, which include trapping and netting, must be designed to keep captive animals alive, uninjured, well provisioned and comfortable.

CRW captures, handles and catches animals remotely in Ohio by using leather gloves, catch poles, protective clothing, humane animal traps, foothold traps, snares, body gripping traps, live cage traps (box traps) and conibear traps. CRW wildlife trappers prefer to use humane live cage traps whenever possible. Glue traps and glue boards are NOT recommended. Learn how wild animals are trapped, here. Find out which baits are best for live trapping, here.

Before CRW pest control technicians begin trapping wildlife for a customer, they have a suitable plan for what to do with the trapped animal. Learn how to use traps to catch nuisance wildlife in your yard, here. Get familiar with wildlife damage management tools and techniques, here. Stay informed about wildlife and nuisance wild animals in Ohio, here.

Ohio Division Of Natural Resources Wildlife District Offices

People should always avoid touching or handling sick or dead groundhogs. If you see a sick or injured adult groundhog, do not attempt to touch or pick it up.

Groundhogs see humans as predators, and will act defensively if they feel they are in danger. Groundhogs have extremely strong jaws and sharp teeth, and their bites hurt. Groundhog burrows and tunnels may give gardeners heartburn, but simple fences can solve most problems.

Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operators In Cleveland, Akron, Lorain, Strongsville, Canton And Mentor, Ohio

The Ohio Department Of Natural Resources has compiled a list of commercial nuisance wild animal control operators that remove wildlife in Northern Ohio counties. The list includes the business names, phone number and address. Download the list of commercial nuisance wild animal control operators in Ohio in PDF format, here.

CWR pest control technicians remove wildlife for homeowners and business owners that live and work in the following Northeast Ohio, Northwest Ohio and Northern Ohio counties: Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky, Erie, Seneca, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Trumbull, Portage, Summit, Mahoning, Stark, Wayne, Ashland, Richland, Crawford, Wyandot, Hancock, Putnam, Paulding, Lucas, Portage, Columbiana, Carrol, Tuscarawas, Holmes, Marion, Harden, Allen, Auglaize, Van Wert and Mercer.