Groundhogs | Des Moines, IA Groundhog Appearance Also known as woodchucks, groundhogs range in weight from 4 to 14 pounds. They have short legs with clawed toes on their front and back feet, small ears and a bushy tail with coarse body hair. Groundhog Behavior and Diet Groundhogs are herbivores. Therefore, they can ruin a homeowner's garden in one evening. These animals prefer a diet that consists of grasses, plantains, and other green succulents. Groundhogs tend to live in the wild. However, if they choose to nest within residential areas, homeowners can typically find them burrowing below garages, patios, their homes or anything with substantial security and shelter. Groundhog Reproduction Groundhogs mate almost immediately after they emerge from hibernation. Female groundhogs produce only one litter per year.Signs of a Groundhog Infestation There are a few signs that can indicate you have a groundhog infestation on your property. Groundhogs are unique in that they can remove up to 700 pounds of soil when creating a den. Therefore, one of the most obvious signs is the loose soil that is distributed when creating that den. In addition to the visible loose dirt, many homeowners are able to smell the slightly musty urine-soaked soil pushed out of the main entrance.Des Moines Metro Pest Control Have you noticed groundhogs around your Des Moines home? If so, the technicians at Preferred Pest can help! For effective groundhog removal, give us a call at (515) 276-7277 or schedule an appointment online today.