Pest Spotlight: Groundhog

Groundhog

Scientific Name: Marmota monax Common Names: Groundhog, Woodchuck, Whistlepig, Marmot Color: Brown/Grey Weight: Approx. 10lbs. Length: 16 – 20 inches FACT: Groundhog Day is a common tradition in Canada and the USA, people gather around to watch the rodent predict if there will be an early spring. Evidence has shown that Groundhogs are wrong in … Read more Pest Spotlight: Groundhog

How to Kill Ground Squirrels and Pocket Gophers

Pocket Gopher

As the snow melts away in western Canada and the signs of spring are appearing, so are thirteen-lined ground squirrels and pocket gophers. The 13 stripped Richardson ground squirrel can easily be identified by its thirteen stripes on its back and its golden brown fur. The pocket gopher has no stripes and is golden brown … Read more How to Kill Ground Squirrels and Pocket Gophers

Pest Spotlight: Richardson Ground Squirrel

Ground Squirrel

Scientific Name: Urocitellus richardsonii Common Names: Gopher, Dakrats, Flickertail Color: Brownish – Grey Weight: .44 – .88 pounds, on average Length: 12 inches Fact: A Richardson Ground Squirrel’s aka ‘Gophers’, tail is constantly trembling, hence the nickname “Flickertail”. Habits Richardson Ground Squirrels are generally active during the day in spring and summer months. Females tend … Read more Pest Spotlight: Richardson Ground Squirrel