What Does Woodchuck Scat Look Like?

Woodchucks, also commonly called groundhogs, are the largest member of the squirrel family. It is not uncommon to find them in residential yards in Indiana, wrecking havoc on gardens. Similar to other rodents, Woodchucks have medium-sized, oval-shaped droppings which are usually dark brown or black in color.

Signs of Infestation

While the pests cause damage by digging holes in lawns and eating garden plants, they are relatively clean animals. Woodchucks defecate into special chambers they dig underground, so homeowners rarely see their droppings. Those that find burrows and waste on their property may have infestations of different pests. Skunks, badgers, and prairie dogs dig similar-sized holes but they instead leave their feces aboveground. Woodchucks are also known to live under foundations, patios, and steps. If you suspect a woodchuck has taken residence on your property, Contact Us at Critter Control of Charleston for professional removal!

Hazards of Woodchuck Feces

Although most homeowners will not have to deal with woodchuck droppings, woodchucks infected with rabies behave erratically and could leave scat in the open. However, because rabies must be transmitted through saliva or nervous system tissue, contact with the woodchuck scat cannot pass the disease to humans. Residents with infestations of burrowing animals like woodchucks should contact local pest control specialists for safe and efficient removal, particularly if they suspect the pests are rabid.

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