I've been fighting several weeks now with a young ground hog that has taken up residence under my back deck. I live in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. Until a year ago I had a dog, but haven't yet replaced him so there is nothing to keep varments away currently. I have put down repellant that doesn't work. It just keeps kicking fresh dirt over it. Now I am lining the edge with rock then covering the gap between ground and deck with cinder blocks. My next step is sitting in wait with a bullet for it. Live traps aren't really an option. Another will probably move in or it find its way back. Other then removing the deck, do you have any suggestions if the stone and block don't work.

Thank you,