What fruits do groundhogs eat? (How to keep them away!)

Groundhogs (Marmota monax), also known as woodchucks, are omnivores rodents that like to live in burrows they dig.

They eat plants as they are herbivores during the day and sleep on their burrow excavated at night. Groundhogs hibernate for several months every year; they rouse themselves only once or twice to eat, drink and defecate.

In the summer and autumn, they eat many kinds of fruits, roots, onions, zucchini, nuts, numerous flowers, and leaves from trees.

Tasty fruits are very appealing to them, and even though many fruits are high in sugar, they are still highly nutritious to groundhogs all around.

Their natural diet is limited somewhat in fruit choices, but their adaptation to an urban lifestyle among humans have given them access to all types of fruits which has expanded their diet considerably!

Do Groundhogs Eat Watermelon?

In the late summer and early fall, when melons are ripe, there is a risk that groundhogs will intrude and taste your watermelon produce!

Groundhogs eat watermelon by stripping the fruit from its vines and eating it. They also suck the juice out of fruits. They like watermelons because they grow from the ground, so it is easy for them to take a bite.

Do Groundhogs Eat Cantaloupe?

Groundhogs eat cantaloupes by ripping them from their vines and eating the flesh. They tend to find cantaloupes quite delicious because of the sweet taste and high water content that they have, but that doesn’t mean it’s not nutritious for them at all.

Cantaloupe has vitamin C and contains beta-carotene, the precursors of vitamin A that help the Groundhogs see underground!

Do Groundhogs Eat Strawberries?

Groundhogs eat strawberries and may go so far as uprooting the plants and eating them as well. They eat both the leaves and the fruit, but mostly the fruits unless they are really hungry!

Do Groundhogs Eat Apples?

Apples are one of the favorite foods of groundhogs in the fall.

Groundhogs eat apples by grabbing and biting into them. They preferentially eat those already laying on the ground.

They love how crunchy apples are, and a lot of the time they only take a small bite out of them before they leave them to rot.

Do Groundhogs Eat Bananas?

Yes, they love bananas! Groundhogs can even eat bananas by grabbing them from people’s trash or compost. Then they eat the fruit inside, often chomping it up in several bites.

They rarely live in climates that allow banana palm trees to grow, but if they encountered one, they would probably not be able to climb onto the plants to steal the bananas.

However, their adaptation to an urban lifestyle among humans have given them access to all types of fruits which has expanded their diet considerably!

Do Groundhogs Eat Oranges?

Groundhogs eat oranges by biting into them and eating around the pulp until nothing is left but a small rind. They seem to especially enjoy how juicy oranges are, but do not enjoy eating the bitter peel.

Do Groundhogs Eat Berries?

Berries are one of the groundhog’s favorite foods in late summer and fall.

Groundhogs eat berries by shaking the plants until the fruit falls to the ground (usually strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries) or biting directly into plants with berries on them (such as raspberries).

What Does Juicy Fruit Gum Do To Groundhogs?

Because groundhogs like the smell and taste of berries and other fruits, they will be tempted to eat fruit chewing gum.

However, this is not good for groundhogs as their digestive system cannot handle chewing gum. This can be fatal for them if they consume too much of it. If they happen to consume it, it can cause them to get diarrhea and vomit.

They may also risk choking on chewing gum if the piece is too large. So make sure to pick up your used gum to avoid the suffering of innocent groundhogs, please!

How to prevent groundhogs from eating your fruit:

There are several ways to prevent groundhogs from eating the fruit in your backyard:

1. Using ultrasonic sound devices

Groundhogs, like other bigger animals that may invade your garden, tend to have a very good hearing. This means that loud or consistent noises will scare them away or at least shorten their visits.

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2. Fencing

You can make a fence in your garden using pie plates, wires, and/or plastic mesh to prevent the groundhogs from getting to your fruit. Make sure that it can’t be dug under, climbed over, or squeezed through.

The best fencing material for this purpose is a cattle panel or hog panel as they are very sturdy and can withstand even quadruped animals such as goats, cows, and deer. However, most chicken fencing types will do.

3. Using Scarecrows

Scarecrows placed near your fruit trees can keep the groundhogs away for a while. You may want to change them every couple of days or so because the groundhogs will realize they’re fake and not be scared anymore.

4. Using Reflective Materials or Light

Groundhogs do not like light, so a great way to deter them from your tomato plants is by using lighting around the area. These come in many forms with solar panels etc. but you can use anything that will provide strong light over a large area, such as lanterns.

The Broox Solar Animal Repeller uses light and ultrasonic sounds to deter animals from your garden.

Compact discs (CDs) are a great way to keep groundhogs away from your tomato plants. They act as reflective surfaces so that when the groundhog approaches, it will see its reflection and leave the area. This is because they think there is another animal in the area with them.

5. Using Traps

You can make a simple cage trap with a wire mesh, a wooden box, and some fruit inside.

Make sure that you place this somewhere safe and out of the way. When you catch a groundhog, drive it at least 2 miles away, otherwise, it might find its way back to your yard again!

You can also just buy a live trap, as the sturdy metal ones shown here:

A live groundhog trap is a humane way to get permanently rid of groundhogs in your yard.

A version with thick gloves for safe handling.

6. Use Motion Activated Sprinklers

Like most animals, groundhogs hate surprises, and they will run away if suddenly sprayed with water. I like this solution because it is humane, simple, effective, and does not require much time to set up. Having a motion-activated sprinkler is a very efficient solution, but does require a garden hose.

My favorite sprinkler option here is the Havahart 5277.

The Havahart 5277 is a motion-activated sprinkler that is activated by the movement of animals up to 25 feet away and sprays them with a harmless water jet, frightening them off and keeping them at bay. The included metal stake makes it easy to install in your garden, and the sprinkler can be rotated 180 degrees for maximum coverage.

Click here for a full list of the most successful tactics check out my recent post on the best humane, but effective, tactics against rodents like groundhogs and gophers in your yard!

What other fruits do groundhogs like?

Groundhogs have been known to eat mangoes, plums, peaches, blackberries, apricots, and tomatoes. They also like to eat grapes. It is always good to know which fruits are safe in your garden and will not be eaten by groundhogs or other animals, but unfortunately, there are few fruits that groundhogs won’t eat!

So the best way to prevent groundhogs from eating your fruit is to deter them from your backyard.

Groundhogs love to eat a variety of fruits, but there are ways to prevent them from getting to your fruit trees. If you’re looking for an easy way to keep these pesky critters away, try using fencing, scarecrows, or glitter around your garden. If that doesn’t work, you can always use traps or poison as a last resort. The best option is to know which fruits are safe for groundhogs and to never try feeding them.