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Groundhog burrow under the building's slab foundation

Animal burrows are unsightly and unsettling to a structure’s foundation

Groundhogs, chipmunks, and skunks are three Lexington KY resident species that may burrow under and around our homes, decks, patios, sheds, barns, concrete steps and walkways, driveways, and three and four season rooms. Other species including snakes, rodents, opossums, raccoons, foxes, etc may also later use burrows vacated by their original excavator.

Chipmunk on a concrete curb

Chipmunks dig smaller burrows, about 1.5″-2″ diameter, and aren’t normally an issue for larger structures. However, concrete walks may be undermined by their burrows and become prone to cracking and/or settling.

Tolerating the presence of these animals is of course at the property owner’s discretion, for example groundhogs burrowing under an old barn in the back 40 may be okay, but a skunk living under your front steps has got to go! However, what’s often the greater concern is how animal burrows can unsettle the overlying structure by removing the underlying subgrade and earth, and may allow water intrusion in ways damaging to structures.

Groundhogs trapped in Lexington KY

Groundhog burrow may be significantly more damaging as openings may be 6″-12″ in diameter and tunnels can extend for 60+ feet!

A groundhog burrow extending under the corner of a concrete patio

Subgrade and earth removed from under a patio by a burrowing groundhog.

There is a solution! In concert with removing the problem animal(s) a dig barrier may be installed providing long-term resolution of the issue. Available in multiple styles for a variety of applications, all accomplish creating a subterranean metal fence excluding animal access to the underside of the protected structure.

Here is an example of a dig barrier installation around a Lexington resident’s deck and screen room providing a permanent solution to an ongoing animal intrusion issue:

The trench has been dug for a dig barrier install

Dig barrier installation in progress with fencing laid into trench

Dig barrier installation completed

Enjoy this video shared to our Facebook page of a groundhog being stopped in its tracks by one of our dig barrier installations.

The slideshow below shows additional examples of dig barriers we have installed.


Trifecta Wildlife Services provides personal service and safe long-term solutions for Lexington burrowing animal exclusion with dig barriers, call us today if a groundhogs or other burrowers are creating a nuisance or damaging your property!
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