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How To: Get Rid of Chipmunks

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Surely one of the cuter rodents you’ll ever counter, chipmunks are also among the most destructive. These small, striped natives of North America and Asia are omnivores that devour everything from beneficial insects to buds, bulbs, and other garden plantings. Potentially worse, while they run like lightning to avoid humans, their underground burrows can destabilize the foundation of your house.

Fortunately, you can discourage and—if necessary—humanely remove the critters from your property. Start with simple, natural deterrent methods and proceed to stricter—yet still humane—measures if need be to send the little guys packing. Below, you’ll find five key strategies for how to get rid of chipmunks running around in your yard.

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Identify an infestation.

Chipmunks are so shy and so quick, you may not even notice them in your yard. But if you’ve seen evidence of munching in your garden, start sleuthing. Look for holes in your lawn, tiny footprints (four toes in front, five in back), and piles of seed shells under your birdfeeder.

Roll up the welcome mat.

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To make your property unattractive to chipmunks, keep your garden tidy by cleaning up windfall from fruit trees and berry bushes. Also, consider putting in plants like garlic and daffodils that act as natural repellents. Bag and dispose of small rocks, vines, and clippings where chipmunks may hide. Keep bird feeders high off the ground and away from fences, porch banisters, and other potential chipmunk paths. To discourage the critters from approaching your home’s foundation, avoid shrubs and low rock boundaries near the house, which provide shelter and transportation for critters.

Use a combo of chipmunk repellents.

There are four main types of chipmunk repellents, which can be used together and for different purposes:

• Natural repellents: Ask your barber or hairstylist for a bag of hair clippings and sprinkle these around your garden. The human smell frightens chipmunks and other pests away yet is perfectly harmless—in fact, the nitrogen in human hair breaks down slowly and may offer your plants a natural fertilizer boost, according to a study at Mississippi State University that was published in the journal HortTechnology.

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• Electronic repellents: An electronic repellent system uses ultrasonic pulses or sprays of water to get rid of chipmunks as well as deer, raccoons, rabbits, and squirrels that may be drawn to your lawn. A high-quality, non-toxic, and top-rated electronic pest repeller costs between $20 and $30 on Amazon and can cover 900 to 1,200 square feet via a safe, consistent power source: typically an AC 110 volt plug outlet or AA batteries. Keep in mind, however, that sound waves and water sprays won’t dislodge chipmunk nests and burrows underground.

• Liquid repellents: Purchase a non-toxic commercial product like Repel Plus or Rodent Defense Spray (both available on Amazon) or make a DIY solution of one quart of water boiled with two tablespoons of cayenne and, once cool, two tablespoons of olive oil. Store in a labeled spray bottle and shake well before spraying directly on infested areas. Reapplication and patience are essential, as it may take a bit of time (and favorable weather conditions) for chipmunks to come into direct contact with the distasteful stuff. Fall gardening tip: Protect vulnerable tulip bulbs by dipping them into liquid repellent before planting.

• Dry repellents: Dry products are longer-lasting than liquid sprays and will help prevent chipmunk burrowing. Create barriers of access by sprinkling granular repellents in key areas. Use a product like Shake Away (available on Amazon)—which doesn’t kill chipmunks or other pests—in attics, near house foundations, around flowerbeds, and along garden paths. Or simply shake a healthy sprinkle of cayenne pepper on affected areas.

Enforce good fencing.

The Humane Society suggests finding gentler ways of living with chipmunks while preventing them from nibbling our plants. Consider installing an L-shaped barrier of mesh fencing around the base of foundations, fences, porches, and other walls. Choose a gravel border instead of box shrubs. Protect flower bulbs by planting them in bulb cages (available at Gardener’s Supply Company).

Try trapping.

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Humane traps catch chipmunks without killing them so you can then resettle them miles away from your property. Choose one- or two-door traps—typically 10 to 20 inches long—for chipmunks (one-door traps tend to be simpler to operate and are often used by professionals), and wear gloves when setting the traps, as any hint of human scent will spook your quarry. Place traps in areas you’ve identified as prime chipmunk territory: your attic, garden shed, along fences and walls, and near the house foundations. Peanuts, sunflower seeds, and peanut butter make excellent bait, which you place directly to the trigger plate. Set the trap according to instructions and check it often so you can release the rodents promptly.

Note: Different localities have different laws about trapping and relocating wild animals, so double-check your city’s wildlife ordinances first before using traps to get rid of the chipmunks running loose in your lawn.

How To Get Rid Of Chipmunks

Chipmunks are closely related to ground squirrels with fifteen different species distributed in North America. The two most common species with the widest distribution are the eastern chipmunks and the least chipmunks. They are often confused with thirteen-lined ground squirrels (striped gophers) and red squirrels. Chipmunks spend a considerable amount of their time on the ground in burrows as opposed to red squirrels which will be found in trees mostly.

Chipmunk Burrows and Damage

Their burrows are hidden near woodpiles, stumps, brush piles, basements, and garages. Their burrows are typically about 20-30 feet in length that usually includes food storage and nesting areas. They have escape tunnels and side pockets connected to their main shafts. These burrows may be hard to detect because there is no obvious mound of dirt around the entry points. The chipmunk will carry the excavated dirt in here cheek pouch and scatter it away from the burrow to hide the entrance from predators.

Chipmunks can be a pest because they can cause damage due to their burrowing activities. They can cause structural damage to decks, patios, foundational walls, retention walls, and slabs. Chipmunks can also carry fleas to and from your yard.

Chipmunk Control

Unfortunately, there are no poison baits for chipmunk control. Sometimes people use gasser products like Giant Destroyer or Revenge Smoke Bombs placed in the burrows, but they are not labeled for chipmunks and often make the chipmunks scatter due to the sulfur smell. Do not use these gas cartridges near and under buildings.

We recommend rat snap traps such as the the Trapper T Rex Rat Snap Trap or Live Cage Traps. Chipmunks are most active on warm and sunny days in the spring and less active during rainy or cool days; trap on warm and sunny days. Since chipmunks are active during the day, check the traps at noon and just before dusk. It may take several weeks of intensive trapping to eliminate the population.

Live Traps

Place the traps along the pathways where you have seen the chipmunks. Use such baits as peanut butter, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, fruits, and cereal grains. It may be helpful to prebait the trap for a couple of days by wiring the trap doors open to condition the chipmunk to the new object in its environment. Work the traps into the ground to provide similar footing on the ground. If you are using a live trap, and want to release the chipmunk, be careful of handling the trap to avoid bites or euthanize them according to local regulations.

Snap Traps

If you are using a snap trap, keep the trap away from children, pets or other wildlife. Peanut butter is an excellent bait. You can prebait a trap by placing the bait on the trigger, without setting the trigger to condition the chipmunk to the new object. Set the snap traps perpendicular to the pathway or in pairs (with triggers facing away from each other) along the travel paths. Make sure the trigger on the snap trap is sensitive and easily sprung. Conceal the snap traps by setting them against structures with boards placed over them, hiding them.

Exclusion and Elimination Tips

  • If you have bird feeders, you may want to place them further away from your home. The birdseed will attract the chipmunks.
  • Clean up any fallen fruit, berries or nuts.
  • Minimize debris and woodpiles around your home. These areas are natural habitats for chipmunks. Ground cover, shrubs, and trees should not be planted in a continuous fashion connecting wooded areas with foundations of homes because they provide protection and encourage the chipmunks to form burrows next to buildings.
  • If they have entered your home for shelter or nesting, you can place hardware cloths or copper mesh to close possible entry points.

Chipmunk Activity

They feed on birdseed, seeds, seedlings, berries, nuts, mushrooms, and flower bulbs. Chipmunks are very active in the late afternoon or early mornings. They never enter a deep hibernation, but depend upon the cache of food stored in their burrows. They can become active on warm and sunny days during the winter months.

Eastern Chipmunk
The Eastern Chipmunk is 5-6 inches long with two tan and five black longitudinal stripes on its side of its face. Its tail is long (3-4 inches), but is not bushy. The striped lines stop at the base of the tail.

The eastern chipmunk is found mostly on the eastern half of the United States (except Florida, southern Georgia and most of the Carolinas).

Least Chipmunk
The Least chipmunk only weighs 1-2 ounces and is smaller than the eastern chipmunk. This chipmunk is about 3-4 inches long. It had various colors from yellow-gray and brown stripes to gray-brown with black stripes. Its stripes continue down the length of the tail.

The least chipmunk is found in the upper Midwest, the Rocky Mountains, and Canada.

Chipmunk Control: Eliminating Chipmunks From Your Garden

While TV typically portrays chipmunks as cute, many gardeners know that these small rodents can be as destructive as their larger cousin, the squirrel. Getting rid of chipmunks in your garden is similar to getting rid of squirrels. Chipmunk control requires just a little knowledge.

Eliminating Chipmunks with Traps

Traps can be an effective way to rid chipmunks from your garden. Since chipmunks are small, you can use the same types of traps for chipmunks that you would for rats. Both snap traps and live traps are an option for getting rid of chipmunks. Snap traps will kill them, while live traps will make it so you can transport them to a more suitable location. Be aware that chipmunks are protected animals in some states. Check your local laws before using snap traps for chipmunk control.

Chipmunks are fond of nuts and seeds, so peanut butter and sunflower seeds are good bait for your traps.

Using Chipmunk Repellent for Chipmunk Control

Common chipmunk repellents are pureed garlic, hot peppers, or a combination of both. Steep the pureed garlic and hot peppers in 1 cup hot soapy water until the water is cool. Strain and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Shake and pour into a spray bottle. Spray this on plants you wish to keep the chipmunks from.

Other chipmunk repellent suggestions include castor oil, predator urine and ammonium soap.

Getting Rid of Chipmunks Through Landscaping Changes

Chipmunks like shrubs and rock walls because they provide convenient places to hide. Removing these types of plants and structures from near your house will make your yard more dangerous and less attractive to chipmunks.

Put Up an Owl Box

Eliminating chipmunks through attracting one of their predators is a way to work with nature to fix the problem. Build an owl box to try to attract these beautiful nighttime predators to your yard. Owls feed on small rodents like chipmunks. Not only will the owl take care of chipmunk control, but will also control voles, moles, mice and rats.

If All Else Fails with Getting Rid of Chipmunks

Following these steps should result in eliminating chipmunks from your garden. But if all else fails, you can always fall back on plan B, which is to provide food for the chipmunks away from where they are causing damage. The idea is that if they have an easy food source, they won’t go after the more difficult ones. While you will not be rid of chipmunks, you will at least be able to enjoy their antics while reducing the damage to your yard.

4 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Chipmunks Under the Porch

Do you have chipmunks causing all sorts of havoc on your property? Try these four natural methods to get rid of chipmunks under the porch or on your lawn.

How to Get Rid of Chipmunks

1. Use a Live Animal Trap
Get a live animal trap, such as the AB Traps, to catch the chipmunks humanely. Place these traps close to the chipmunk’s burrow and lure them in with some tasty treats (such as peanut butter).

You may need to set up several of these traps as there is a good likelihood that a family of chipmunks is living under the porch. You may also need to experiment with the placement of the bait as chipmunks are lightweight rodents.

2. Set up Ultrasonic Repellers
Ultrasonic repellers, such as the DAMAIJA repeller, emit an annoying sound that’s only audible to small rodents like chipmunks and squirrels. Set these devices up along the perimeter of your property to deter them from entering your yard.

3. Set up a Bucket Trap
Get a tall bucket that a chipmunk wouldn’t be able to easily jump out from. Next, fill the bucket with some sunflower seeds and place a wooden plank on the side of the bucket so it forms a sturdy ramp. You could also apply some oil to the inner-side of the bucket to make it more difficult for the chipmunks to jump and escape.

4. Deter Them with Ammonia-Soaked Rags
Soak a rag or two with household ammonia cleaner then place it underneath the porch. Most chipmunks will vacate immediately because ammonia could resemble the smell of urine from common predators.

Sam Choan is the Founder of Organic Lesson. He started this site to share tips on using natural remedies at home when such options are available.

Get Rid of Chipmunks

While we’ve previously discussed the finer points of getting rid of squirrels in your home, a close relative of the squirrel also needs to stay away. Chipmunks might seem cute and harmless, but they too can cause a lot of damage to your home and yard. Fortunately, there are at least 5 possible ways to get rid of chipmunks from your home and property before they take over!

5 Ways to Get Rid of Chipmunks

1. Eliminate food sources.

Chipmunks will eat almost anything, including grass, garden plants, bird seed and food scraps. They have also been known to eat other small rodents and birds, however they are not active predators. Simply keep your yard tidy and free of food scraps, and you’ll make it less tempting for these little critters to move in.

2. Use mothballs and other deterrants.

Chipmunks are not fond of mothballs. Place mothballs around the foundation of your house and in any known chipmunk holes. This will not kill the critters, but they’ll begin to notice the neighborhood isn’t very friendly. Anther helpful deterrant is bloodmeal, which you can sprinkle around. For protecting tender plants and vegetables, using a simple solution of hot sauce and cayenne peppers mixed in a spray bottle should do the trick. Remember to spray frequently for the solution to work effectively.

3. Set a trap!

After eliminating food sources and setting up deterrants, your next step in getting rid of chipmunks is to remove residual animals with a trap. The most common form of trap is a metal cage in which are easily baited with peanuts or other food items. The traps will then close once the chipmunk gets inside and starts eating the food. Be sure to check your trap periodically so that you can remove the critters in accordance with animal control laws in Cobb and Fulton counties.

4. Enlist your pets.

For pet owners, enlist the help of your dog or cat to roam around outdoors. This will often scare the chipmunks away, as most pets will chase them. Keep in mind however, that even though chipmunks are quite fast and will often escape, this is the natural method that can result in chipmunks being killed if your pet manages to catch them. If you do find dead animals in your yard, be sure to wear disposable gloves when handling and removing the carcass, and wash your hands thoroughly.

5. Call the professionals at SWAT

If none of the above methods work, you don’t have enough time, or there are simply too many chipmunks for you to handle, the other option available to you is to simply call SWAT Services to handle the situation. We are trained in all the ways to get rid of chipmunks, squirrels and other critters that can damage your home and yard.

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They’re cute. They chirp and flirt around, scurrying from one food source to another. But don’t deceive yourself. If you love your garden, you don’t want to be overrun by chipmunks. One chipmunk means many chipmunks.

They’re rodents, and like mice and rats, they multiply quickly and they love to dig. They dig holes in your yard and garden, making tunnels from one end of their domain to another. They dig up bulbs and devour them, leaving half-eaten bulbs scattered as evidence of their destruction.

Anyone know how to evict chipmunks? We were nice to them for years but now they have taken advantage and burrowed all over my backyard😕 #chipmunkholes #chipmunk #evictchipmunks#damagethatchipmunksdo#help #nature #wildlife

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Cute? Messy and destructive is more like it. So how do you repel chipmunks and discourage them from destroying your garden? And how do you do this naturally, without poisons and chemicals? There really is no great remedy because unfortunately, chipmunks are rather clever. But, there are ways to slow down their progress of mass destruction.

Chemical Repellents

There are chemical repellents available on the market, and some work while others don’t. The one that really makes me chuckle is called “coyote pee”—though I don’t recall the brand name. But, really? How was this collected?

I did try it but with little, if any, positive benefits. It’s a liquid, so it absorbs into the soil, and at the first rain, it’s washed away. You would think my dog doing his business on a daily basis all over the property would help. Even his barking only scares them away temporarily.

Barricading Potential Entryways

The key is to be innovative in your methods of eliminating the problem without being cruel. The first thing you can do is remove all feeding sources, like bird feeders. Being a bird lover, that was not an option. So, we compromised and moved the feeders further away from the house and gardens, thus discouraging chipmunk activity where we didn’t want it.

I had a chipmunk dig between the house foundation and the interlock tiles. Like mice, chipmunks can squeeze into very tight spaces. The chipmunk obviously felt very proud of itself, sliding in and out, depositing hoards of foodstuffs, probably preparing for winter. I didn’t want to risk further damage or the possibility that it might find a crack in the foundation, just big enough for it to squeeze into the house.

So this is supposed to be a bird feeder #chipmunkproblems

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I found some plastic garden edging and stuck it firmly into the crevice that it had created. The chipmunk was not amused. As it started pouring rain, the critter chewed and pulled on the plastic edging, but to no avail, wailing in protest at the loss of its stash of goodies. It must have spent over an hour, in the pouring rain, trying to remove the edging that blocked its access.

The chipmunk did eventually give up and move on. Thankfully. Others moved in and tried their own wily tactics. I continued to stand guard and encourage them to find a home elsewhere. My home is my garden, and I protect it with a vengeance. Naturally, of course.

The Problem With Chipmunk Holes

When we first moved into our country home, the backyard was full of holes. Chipmunk holes. These critters burrow tunnels from one end of their domain to another. Our fenced-in backyard is the dog’s sanctuary as well as a training space.

Duke, a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix, is, as you can imagine, full of energy and needs a safe place to run. He’s also an agility dog, so the backyard required a hole-free surface on which to run without breaking his leg. Chipmunk holes, often well hidden, are large enough for a dog’s paw to sink into and, at Duke’s breakneck running speed, this could be quite catastrophic.

Filling The Hole With Sand And Gravel

I didn’t want to use poisons. Not only would that be cruel to the chipmunk, but it was dangerous for Duke as well. Fortunately, a lot of the land around the backyard was very sandy.

On a daily basis, before Duke was allowed to run in the backyard, I would pace the yard and fill all the chipmunk holes with sand and sometimes fine gravel. There’s nothing more difficult for anyone, let alone a chipmunk, than trying to dig a hole and tunnel through sifting sand and gravel.

Filling The Hole With Water

Another tactic I used was to put the hose in the hole and fill it and the tunnel with water before adding sand. It was not a danger to the chipmunk whose instinctive dislike of being wet would have it scurrying out the other end of his tunnel at the first sign of a flood.

As I continued my battles in the backyard, holes and destruction appeared in my garden plots. I set up humane traps and managed to catch the critters, one at a time, which I then transported a good distance away, making sure to cross a body of water.

Two times I have had to relocate this chipmunk away from my house. It creeps me out, so please enjoy your new park and stop coming back 🐿. Any tips for keeping them away….please share! #chipmunkproblems

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However, on reflection, I decided this was unfair to other homesteaders trying to deal with their own chipmunk problems.

When Chipmunks Attack

The defining moment was when our brand-new car started leaking gas. We took it to the service department, hoping that the fix would be under warranty since the car was less than a year old. No such luck. A chipmunk family had built a nest along the gas line, chewing through the line itself. There was one baby still in the nest, which the service technician showed us as proof of the cause of the destruction. On hindsight, the situation could have been quite serious had someone thrown a lit cigarette our way as we drove to have the car serviced. Ka-boom. No thanks.

The new gas line was installed, at considerable expense to us. I did more research and learned that farmers frequently had difficulties with mice and chipmunks nesting in their tractors and other farm equipment, making the large, costly machines inoperable. My research provided some suggestions.

Deterring With Scent

I put dryer sheets in various locations in the car, including the glove compartment. The smell was a deterrent. I also bought some very smelly Irish Spring soap bars and put some in the car. Deodorizing contraptions that you hang on the rear-view mirror work well, too, but, with my allergies, this didn’t work too well.

The end #garden #njgarden #deerrepellent

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I also purchased in bulk strong smelling spices, and anything that might encourage sneezing, like chili powder, to sprinkle around the car. This I repeated after each heavy rain, which, obviously, washed away the spice.

Plant Garlic

As for my gardens, I’ve planted lots of garlic. Chipmunks don’t like garlic. I’ve also planted lots of spearmint, which does take over but discourages both chipmunks and other rodents like red squirrels, which are just as much a destructive nuisance as the chipmunks.

Recycling Soapy Water

An age-old remedy of my grandmother’s also works well: recycling used dishwater or used soapy laundry water by dumping it on the gardens. This may not be as easy to facilitate in the age of dishwashers and washing machines that drain everything directly into the septic system.

However, by redirecting the drainage of this used soapy water and collecting it in buckets, this water can be effectively recycled onto the gardens. Not only is it a good deterrent for chipmunks and other rodents, but it also discourages various pests like aphids and inchworms from doing damage to your plants.

Making A Homemade Spray Repellent

I mentioned that chipmunks didn’t like garlic. A solution of pureed garlic and hot peppers steeped in soapy water can be sprayed on plants you want to protect from the chipmunks. Castor oil also works well, as does ammonium soap. But remember, like the hot spices and the coyote urine, these solutions need to be repeated frequently, especially after a heavy rain washes it away.

Other Deterrent Methods

Something that doesn’t wash away is plastic forks. I mentioned this in another story awhile back. I have a garden full of plastic forks prongs standing tall to poke any chipmunk or squirrel offender wanting to dig up my bulbs. I also place some fork prongs into the ground, in case the wily chipmunk decides to tunnel underneath the barricade of forks.

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I have also lessened the number of hiding places for chipmunks, like rock walls, which I now only have far back on the property line, and shrubs, which I don’t care for as they attract mosquitoes and other bugs.

Last, but not least, this year’s project is to put up an owl box. I know there are owls around, as I have occasionally seen them in the woods around our property. Owls eat rodents, like chipmunks. A healthy owl family will help lesson the chipmunk problem.

Cute little critters? I no longer think so. Off in the distance, fine. But not in my yard. My battle with the chipmunks, it seems, has become a daily exercise of pitting my wits against those of the chipmunk. Sometimes I win and the population dwindles; other times, they win and I have to up the ante, so to speak.

12 Clever Ways To Keep Rodents (Including Chipmunks!) Out Of Your Garden

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Every gardener knows that enemies lurk in the bushes and trees – from chipmunks to rabbits to squirrels. In some ways, they can be the toughest to repel in the garden.

But if you know what you’re doing, you can deter them naturally. In this article, we’ll first examine the type of small animals that can cause havoc in your garden. Then, we’ll turn to ways you can get rid of them.

Voles

The Vole is a good example. It looks like a mouse but is actually larger and has an incredibly accelerated metabolism. In fact, a vole must consume its body weight on a daily basis just to stay alive. This makes the Vole an indiscriminate feeder; everything in a garden becomes fair game for a hungry vole. They’re also excellent burrowers and can find their way under a fence.

Field mice

Not to be outdone, field mice can squeeze through the smallest spaces and are also indiscriminate feeders. They don’t eat as voraciously as a vole, but can do equal damage and also reproduce prodigiously.

Chipmunks

Chipmunks may seem cute, but they are active burrowers and can kill plants at the roots if they decide to live under your garden. They’re notorious for taking small bites of fruits and vegetables and ruining crops.

Rats and rabbits

True, they’re no longer technically considered rodents, but the tricks mentioned in this article will deter them, too.

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Rats and rabbits are larger than mile and voles, and their body size means they can and will consume more of your harvest. They’re also nibblers who can ruin a tomato or pepper with a few bites.

Squirrels

Squirrels are active nibblers. It’s easy to assume they only eat nuts, but they will pursue any seed in any plant if given the opportunity.

Natural Solutions

I’m an organic gardener. As I result, I’ve had to improvise natural solutions for repelling rodents and rabbits, often in combination. Those combinations are defined by three fundamental approaches: physical barriers, natural “chemicals,” and various aromatic herbs and flowers.

Physical Barriers

1. A fence

A physical barrier is as simple as a fence. Of course, the mesh needs to be a finer mesh than standard chicken wire and should be buried in the ground around the perimeter of the garden to discourage the burrowing habits of voles and chipmunks. However, varmints can still find their way underneath if determined. In fact, most mice find their way into a garden through the gate leading into the garden, where gaps are prominent. As a result, additional solutions may be necessary.

2. Plastic predators

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This may seem a bit odd, but you can buy plastic replicas of owls and coyotes to places in or around your garden. One replica should do the trick, depending on the size of your plot.

3. Rubber snakes

Novelty stores and dollar stores sell rubber snakes. Mice, voles and chipmunks are terrified of snakes. You may cause a bit of alarm when you’re showing your friends your garden and they spot a rubber snake, but they’ll get over it. The rodents won’t.

Natural ‘Chemicals’

4. Blood meal

Blood meal is a by-product commonly made by meat-packing plants. Its appearance is dried and flaked, and all animals, including rodents, are repelled by the scent. That’s because it indicates the presence of a predator. Blood meal is high in nitrogen but only apply it to the ground. The high nitrogen content can burn the leaves; personally, I don’t like the idea of dried animal blood on my lettuce leaves.

5. Good old garlic and hot sauce

Strong smelling spices, like hot sauce and garlic, also repel rodents. In addition, if they choose to taste one of your vegetables, they will quickly turn away and seek food that is not as harsh. Mash 10 garlic cloves and add a cup of hot sauce plus a pint of vinegar. Let it sit in the sun for a few days and apply to the base of plants with a hand spray bottle. Reapply after a heavy rain.

6. Human hair

The scent of human hair tells a varmint that a human is nearby; rodents simply don’t want to be anywhere near us. They may like our fruits and vegetables but they don’t like us. Your local barber might be able to help if you don’t do hair cutting at home.

7. Coffee grounds

Many of us love coffee, but most animals can’t stand the smell or the taste. You can sprinkle used coffee grounds around you garden and between your plants. In fact, coffee grounds make an excellent compost, and Starbucks likely will give you free bags of coffee grounds for composting. Because most rodents are so close to the ground, coffee grounds can make an excellent barrier.

Various Aromatic Herbs and Flowers

This is a win-win approach. You have the benefit of herbs growing in your garden and the beauty of flowers while repelling rodents and rabbits. Here’s the list of the most popular plants that repel rodents:

8. Sage is a strong smelling, aromatic herb that rodents simply don’t like. It’s also a great addition to dishes made with chicken or pork.

9. Oregano. The great thing about oregano is that it’s a perennial plant. Unlike sage, which is an annual, you don’t have to replant every year. Better yet, oregano is a great complement to many of the recipes you might be making with vegetables from your garden. Plant the oregano around the perimeter and pick a spot in the center of your garden for an additional deterrent.

10. Basil is another winner when it comes to repelling rodents and works great in tomato-based recipes. It’s also an annual and very sensitive to any frost, so don’t abandon the oregano altogether.

11. Rosemary is another aromatic herb that repels animals. It’s also an exceptional herb for cooking. It’s a member of the pine family and is highly scented. It, too, is an annual in most parts of North America so you may have to replant in the Spring.

12. Lavender. The flowers are beautiful and the scent is delightful, unless you’re a rodent. They can’t stand the stuff. This is another perimeter plant you could consider. Or, interplant them with your vegetables.

Final Thoughts

Keep an eye on your garden. If you notice a rodent or signs of a rodent, then reapply your natural chemicals, move your plastic replicas to a new location, and check for gaps or holes under or around your fencing. The degree to which you take these steps depends a lot on where you live, but rodents are ubiquitous. They’re everywhere, from cities to suburbs to the countryside.

Hopefully some of these solutions will give you relief from the rodents. If not, you always could let the dog or cat take a nap next to the garden.

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How to Get Rid of Chipmunks in Your Garden

If you’re a big fan of our animated friends “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” you might be under the impression that chipmunks are cute, harmless creatures. But if you have a backyard garden that has become the target of a chipmunk invasion, you know these small, squirrel-like creatures are anything but harmless to your landscape and home. Chipmunks are natural diggers, and a chipmunk family can do extensive damage to plant roots in your garden.

While chipmunks love to munch on your fruits, bulbs and young plants, it’s their burrowing activities that can cause the most serious issues on your property. Their long-term tunneling can cause significant structural damage to the foundation of your home. You’ll need to learn how to get rid of chipmunks effectively to prevent the need for costly repairs or the reduction in the value of your home.

Chipmunks: How to Get Rid of Them with Homemade Remedies

Methods for how to get rid of chipmunks in your garden or around your home include finding effective ways to repel them. Typical methods include spreading mothballs in and around your garden, as it is a common belief that chipmunks are repelled by the smell of naphthalene, the active ingredient in mothballs. In my experience, however, mothballs only provide a short-term solution for deterring chipmunks, if they even work at all.

Another option is to cover your plants with wire netting or mesh. You could also try spraying a concoction of garlic powder and water on gardens or flower beds with the hope that the pungent odor will deter the pests. These methods are far from foolproof though. Hungry critters can be extremely resourceful, and they often find ways to get through or even under netting. Homemade concoctions tend to lose their aromatic properties quickly and are usually washed away after the first rainfall.

How to Get Rid of Chipmunks with Havahart® Repellents

Over the course of 25 years of gardening, I’ve discovered that Havahart® repellents are a more effective chipmunk deterrent than homemade remedies. Critter Ridder® Motion Activated Animal Repellent, for example, uses an infrared sensor to detect the presence of a chipmunk and frighten it away with a combination of unexpected noise, motion and a burst of water. All you have to do is connect the unit to a water supply and place it in the chipmunk’s path. When the sensor detects the animal’s motion, the valve automatically opens and the sprinkler produces the sudden jet of water along with a “tic tic tic” sound to startle it.

Another great product is Critter Ridder® Animal Repellent, Ready-To-Use Spray, an all-natural dual-action product that impacts the animal’s keen sense of taste and smell. Spray it on the vegetation that has critter damage, and the capsaicin, oil of black pepper and piperine ingredients create an unpleasant burning sensation on the animal’s tongue, which ensures it won’t want to come back for a second helping! Spray Critter Ridder® in your garden, in trash cans, or wherever you see signs of animal activity. One application can last a few months, so no frequent reapplication is necessary.

How to Get Rid of Chipmunks Using Traps

You can also attempt to trap pesky chipmunks. The line of smaller Havahart® Easy Set® Animal Traps allows you to catch these critters easily and humanely. Simply bait the trap with chipmunk favorites like prune pits, popcorn or grains, and place it in the area where chipmunk activity is present. The trap’s smooth internal edges prevent the frightened trapped animal from injuring itself. The one-hand release feature also makes it easy to release the animal back into the wild after capture.

Knowing how to get rid of chipmunks effectively can help you protect your home and garden from these small but destructive pests.

Chipmunk Removal and Control

How to Get Rid of Chipmunks – Unlike rats and mice, chipmunks aren’t usually in-home nuisances; that’s not to say they won’t occasionally invade attics and crawl spaces. The reason you rarely see chipmunks in your home is because they are burrowers, and are often chased away by other animals like squirrels and rats. Their diminutive size makes chipmunks easy targets for their bigger, bullying cousins. The most common nuisance issue has to do with the damage caused by burrowing chipmunks outside of the home. These burrows are often difficult to spot. Chipmunks carry the loose dirt from tunneling inside of their cheek pouches. By removing the loose soil, the entries to chipmunk holes become invisible against the ground. If built under a patio or step, a tunnel can cause the above structure to crack or become unstable. Aside from the issues caused by burrowing, chipmunks are notorious garden raiders with an occasional inclination toward bird seed.
To get rid of chipmunks, you need to think like a chipmunk—at least initially. Survey your yard. What are the areas which lure these rodents to your property? If you live near a wooded area, the chance of getting rid of chipmunks altogether is slim. In forested regions, your best bet is to defend against the little creatures that lurk on the outskirts of your yard. Keep your property well maintained. Clean up any piles of debris. Chipmunks like to burrow, and if they can burrow under cover they will be that much happier. Once your property is free of unnecessary clutter, you should take the time needed and seal up any cracks or holes along foundations that might entice a chipmunk intruder. Gardens are also a huge draw for these animals. Chipmunks will raid a garden before a bird feeder, though they won’t pass up the opportunity to steal from the birds.
Because trapping and removal of chipmunks can be a tedious task, most homeowners opt to try scare tactics prior to catch and removal. The most common method of chipmunk removal has to be mothballs. The use of this highly toxic chemical is as varied as the people trying it. Some people say to hide it in socks around the yard. Other people say to sprinkle the small spheres around the perimeter of lawns and gardens. No matter how and where you decide to do this, it is likely that you will meet with the same results—absolutely no change in your chipmunk issue. Mothballs and other scent deterrents like fox urine will not cast chipmunks out of your yard. The little beasties will just avoid any chemicals that irritate them, and neither is potent enough outside to provide any kind of invisible barrier. If you skipped over the chemical restraints and went right to the owl decoy, you probably weren’t any more successful in getting rid of chipmunks than you would have been with the mothballs. Owl and other predator statues are fakes. Just as we know they aren’t real, chipmunks know they aren’t real, too.

When discouraging chipmunks hasn’t worked, it’s time to consider trapping them. Humane trapping and relocating is most effective when you are only dealing with one or two chipmunks. It is a very time consuming task to live trap a forest full of little rodents and relocate them far enough away so that they don’t return. If you choose to live trap, a wire mesh trap with a pressure plate trigger will be the most effective tool to use. Chipmunks are very food-driven. You will not have to leave the trap pre-baited for a few days as with some other animals. Just bait and set, and the next day you will likely have a catch.
Lethal traps include large snap traps, body gripping traps, and “zapper” traps, which send a lethal current of electricity through the chipmunk once it enters the container. Lethal trapping is advised in areas of high chipmunk populations, though it is important to remember that you will be hard pressed to completely eliminate chipmunks from your property. General exclusion methods for prevention are the most effective, keeping the number of chipmunks in the yard at a minimum. If you have a true rodent infestation, it is still a better idea to use a program of vigilant trapping instead of poison.
CHIPMUNK BIOLOGY AND INFORMATION
Chipmunks are adorable and very small animals that are related to the squirrel. Chipmunks are found all over the North American continent and in some parts of Asia. Chipmunks are most readily recognized by their big puffy cheeks and coloring. The coat color of a chipmunk will vary greatly depending on the species. It can be reddish-brown with darker stripes that start on the sides of the head and end at the tail, or its coat can be multi-colored with alternating black and white stripes. The chipmunk is one of the smallest rodents, rarely getting bigger than 8 inches long or weighing more than 2 ounces.
Chipmunks can live in nearly any environment from mountains to deserts. As long as there are shrubs and minimal food sources, a chipmunk can survive. However, they prefer environments that offer a lot of undergrowth such as forests or valleys to protect them from predators. Chipmunks build their homes in a variety of different places from burrows with tunnels and dens to building a nest in a hollow tree or a log. The natural predators for chipmunks include snakes, owls, hawks, weasels, raccoons, foxes and dogs. However, even with this long list of predators, the average life expectancy for these little critters is 3 years.
Chipmunks are omnivores which make it possible for them to survive in a variety of different areas. The main sources of food for chipmunks are grains, nuts, fruits, insects and berries. When eating, the chipmunk will stand on its hind legs and grid its food down to manageable bites. Chipmunks, like any other squirrel, are food hoarders. They will stash the food they find in their enormous cheeks until they can make it back to their den where they will hoard the food in a food chamber. This cache of food is very important to the chipmunks’ survival during the winter because they hibernate, but unlike other animals they do not have any fat to sustain them so they must eat periodically from their cache during the hibernation.
Chipmunks do not like to be around each other; in fact the only time that chipmunks interact is during mating season. During the mating season, a female chipmunk will give a shrill, chirping sound that attracts the male chipmunks. Males will also put on a loud and extravagant show to impress the lady chipmunks. The male during breeding season will chatter loudly and make gesturing with his bushy tail. Ironically, these gestures are the same to issue warnings of danger to other chipmunks or the signal that they are about to fight each other.
The male chipmunk will stay close to the female during the thirty day gestation period and during the first few weeks of the young’s life. The usual litter size is 2-8 young and the young will stay close to the den to learn all the necessary life skills before leaving to make dens of their own. Chipmunks will sexually mature very early and the overall population of chipmunks can explode as easily as it can decline.
As of right now, chipmunks are not in any danger of becoming extinct, even though some populations where having a chipmunk population is highly undesirable may be on the decline. Usually chipmunks and humans will get along just fine, but chipmunks do carry diseases that they can pass on to other animals and they can destroy a vegetable garden in no time.

About Chipmunks

If you’re lucky enough to have chipmunks in or near your yard, you probably know how charming they are. Found throughout North America—mostly in wooded areas where there are no cats—these diminutive relatives of squirrels are easy to identify. They weigh two to four ounces, have broad stripes down their backs, and are out and about during the day. They are delightful animals who seldom cause any problem.

Chipmunks are adept at carrying items in their expandable cheek pouches—for example, a chipmunk can carry three shelled, double peanuts at a time, one in each cheek and one in his or her front teeth.

They give birth in April or May and again in July or August. All in all, chipmunks are tremendously appealing animals, and most people love having them around.

Plant Bulbs

Occasionally, a squirrel or chipmunk who is scurrying around searching for nuts and berries could damage an ornamental plant, but this is rare. If necessary, you can protect flower bulbs by covering the dirt above them with a coarse-gauge wire screen that allows plants to grow through but prevents chipmunks and squirrels from damaging the bulbs.

Burrowing

Chipmunks often build their burrows near rocks, logs, or woodpiles. Sometimes they burrow under porches, sidewalks, or plantings, but they do not burrow extensively, so they rarely do any damage. If you do want to prevent burrowing, bury a heavy-duty, hardware cloth so that it extends down 10 inches and flares out 8 inches at the bottom.

Unexpected Visitors

If a chipmunk accidentally gets inside your home, don’t panic. These friendly little animals will typically leave as soon as you clear an escape path for them, usually by opening a door or window. It helps to turn off any lights in the room and let the natural light from the opening lead the chipmunk to the safety of the outdoors.

Note: Never trap or relocate chipmunks. You won’t affect the local population, and worse, releasing a chipmunk in a strange area will almost surely result in his or her death.

Chipmunk Trapping Methods and Bait


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There are a wide variety of chipmunk traps on the market, some lethal, some live-traps. Lethal traps can be lethal and humane at the same time, so don’t let the fear of the chipmunk suffering keep you from selecting a good lethal trap. Even the electric traps, which administer a jolt of electricity, will kill a chipmunk immediately. It is the traps that drown, starve, or poison the animals that you should steer clear of. Spring loaded traps are the most common, humane lethal traps. If you choose to live-trap the chipmunks, be prepared to relocate them to a place far enough away to prevent easy travel back to your home or garden. Also, for the sake of the animal, relocate the chipmunk in an area that will provide shelter and the opportunity for food. Chipmunk traps can be baited with a variety of nuts, seeds, and even mushrooms. With cautious, nervous animals like chipmunks, it is generally recommended that a trap be baited for a few days prior to actually setting the device. By leaving the trap out where the chipmunk can investigate it, you give the animal the opportunity to get used to the strange, metal contraption. After a few days, the chipmunk assumes the trap is not only safe but is a source of tasty food. When the trap is finally set you should have no issue catching your quarry.
Trapping Chipmunks For Live Release – If you do decide that you want to try your hand in trapping a chipmunk be sure to have one that is made especially for the chipmunk so you are not capturing other visitors to your residence. Another thing to keep in mind, if you are going to release the critter it is best to do this in a treed area at least five miles away. A chipmunk’s habitat area is usually around three acres. Attracting the chipmunks to a trap is fairly easy since they are fond of nuts and seeds. You can even use peanut butter, cereal, or popcorn to lure a chipmunk into a trap. Be careful when transporting the trap and animal to another area. It’s true that chipmunks get a little anxious when trapped. Because of this reason it is never recommended to keep a wild animal such as the chipmunk as a pet.
You can also read more about how to get rid of chipmunks in the garden or in the house. I also have advice about chipmunk repellents and how to keep them away from your birdfeeder.
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