The Villages Florida Area Real Estate: Dealing with Underground Critters

Dealing with Underground Critters

One of the things I enjoy greatly about living in Central Connecticut is the wildlife that you see at any time of day as you drive around town.  In open fields along Route 10 one often spots groundhogs, black squirrels, and even an occassional pheasant! Always puts a smile on my face. However, when groundhogs show up in my own yard, I can't say the smile lasts too long.  I often hear people say that the humane ways of getting rid of them don't work well, but I seem to have had some success with fox urine hanging in my trees and shrubs in the back yard--I've noticed fewer squirrels in the back yard too--and I had a large population of those prior to trying this treatment. Now I just wish the moles would take the fox threat seriously!  The funny thing is that I do also have foxes living in our area, but the groundhogs don't seem to feel too threatened by them!


Chris K. Canfield


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

2890 E. Skyline Drive, #250

Tucson, Arizona  85718



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Comment balloon 8 commentsChris Canfield • August 28 2010 12:28PM


Hey, Chris. I left a surprise for you in my blog post this morning. Let me know when you find it. What? You thought I was going to tell you exactly where it is? Ha! This comment is a clue, though.

Posted by Not a real person over 7 years ago

Chris: We've been dealing with ground squirrels, cutest little guys but when they get under the house and, as ours did, have babies too, yeow... We didn't notice because it's our second unit on the property, but now that I have an office in there, I can hear the crunching of teeth against wood. Any advice to discourage them? Oh, and Russel sent me.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 7 years ago

I can't say I have any experience whatsoever with this problem but in our last house, we had squirrels take up residence in our attic. That was a nightmare to deal with. Luring them into a cage with Peanut butter was a very temporary solution. They always came back.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 7 years ago

These little critters are great to look at and really cute, but they do play havoc when they take up residence in your back yard or under your house.  I like the urine idea as it won't hurt them.  You just want them to move on down the road away from the houses. 

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) over 7 years ago

Hi Russel - Thanks for bringing my ground hog post "into the light!"  It was written in my early days of ActiveRain blogging, and it didn't get noticed much (as you can see when you are the first comment 1.5 years later!!).

Hi Hella - Haven't had any experience with squirrels invading my property (thank goodness).  You should probably call on the professionals for that one as they are munching on your house!  The ground hogs on my property were only making my lawn unsightly.

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hi Jill - I have been fortunate that my homes were always sealed up well enough to keep the critters out.  You can get rid of them, but as long as there is access, they will always come back.  Sounds like more investigation is in order for you!

Hi Doug - There are many places they can go other than my yard, and then I can enjoy watching them again.  : )

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hi Chris - I saw this on Jim's reblog.  When did you move to Florida?  I was surprised to see your new address.  Wishing you well--you're so lucky you don't have to deal with the winters!

Posted by Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Peggy - We returned to Florida last week as my parents need more care than I can provide living and working in Connecticut.  After last winter, there was no convincing them to come to Connecticut!  I will be happy to help any of your clients heading this way when they decide they can't take the winters anymore (like at least 50% of my Connecticut clients!!).

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

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