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Ten Humane Ways to Get Rid of Chipmunks

Updated on October 1, 2014
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Virginia has years of experience with gardening and wild pests in New Hampshire.

Chipmunks - Cute But Destructive

If chipmunks are making you crazy, consider these ways to protect your plants and property without actually killing the cute crittters. Maybe they're digging up all your tulip bulbs, nibbling on the strawberries, and making holes all over the yard. Perhaps it's even worse... chipmunks can undermine foundations for patios and homes. Chipmunks can get into attics and chew on wiring.

At first you thought the scurrying, little creature was fun to have around, but changed your mind when you saw the damage it did. If the family is set against killing it, then you need a humane way to prevent the damage. I've hunted high and low for ways to get rid of chipmunks for this kind of situation. Here's what I've found. Take your pick of methods or work your way down the list to get rid of your pesky chipmunk problem in a humane way.

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Scare Them Away - Use an Owl Decoy or a Hawk

A garden owl with a head that swivels and eyes that light up should strike fear into the heart of any chipmunk. Some of these owls use electricity, some use batteries and some use wind power to move their wings. Just click on any owl to see reviews and links to the rest of the owls on Amazon. One should be just what you need for your garden pest problems.

If you're in a hurry, choose one that has PRIME next to it. With Amazon Prime, you get the product in just 2 days.

Gardeneer By Dalen Natural Enemy Scarecrow SOL-R Action Owl
Gardeneer By Dalen Natural Enemy Scarecrow SOL-R Action Owl

No batteries needed, just let the solar power do the job. This one turns its head and the eyes are quite realistic. Move it around now and then so the critters won't get used to it.

 
Bird-X Prowler Owl Decoy with Moving Wings Realistic Bird Scare
Bird-X Prowler Owl Decoy with Moving Wings Realistic Bird Scare

This one doesn't perch, it's wings flap with the breeze. Since it is life-sized, it gives a very realistic effect.

 

Use a Scent That Chipmunks Won't Like

Foxes mark out their territory, so if you don't have a real fox, you can mimic one. Chipmunks don't want to hang around where a fox might be looking for a snack (like a tasty chipmunk).

Fox Urine to Drive away Chipmunks

Shake Away 5006358 Rodent Repellent Granules, 5-Pound
Shake Away 5006358 Rodent Repellent Granules, 5-Pound

Granular form is easy to distribute around your property.

 

Get a Chipmunk Trap - Trap the Chipmunk and Take It Away (far away)

My favorite story from someone who used this trap was about a chipmunk her cat brought into the house. It set up housekeeping under the refrigerator. (I bet it was enjoying the dry food in the cat's dish)

Anyway, she caught it right away when she got a havahart trap.

Trapped Chipmunk - Ready to Go to a New Home

Captured chipmunk is ready to move to a new territory.
Captured chipmunk is ready to move to a new territory. | Source

Here's an Example of Trapping and Releasing a Chipmunk

Be aware that chipmunks can have diseases such as rabies.

When relocating a chipmunk, travel far enough that you put a major barrier between the release area and your home. This could be a river or a good-sized highway. The strong instincts of the chipmunk are to return to its stash of food.

I find a trap works the best for me. Several of my neighbors use them as well. Baiting it with peanut butter seems to work fine.


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Catch Multiple Chipmunks with a Chipmunkinator

Check out my comparison test pitting the Havahart against the Chipmunkinator. Find out which one is capturing the most pesky chipmunks since the test started.

Go High-Tech to Repel Chipmunks - Deter Them with Ultrasonic Sound

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A New Repellent for Chipmunks - I have no personal experience with this one, so let me know how well it works for you

Bonide 238 1-Quart Shot-Gun Repels-All Animal Repellent Ready To Use
Bonide 238 1-Quart Shot-Gun Repels-All Animal Repellent Ready To Use

Read the reviews carefully on Amazon as this has a pretty strong odor apparently.

It works by irritating the paws and nasal passages which drives the animals away from the area. It can also irritate family pets who use the yard. Good if you want to keep out the neighbor's dog, but not-so-good if you have your own dog.

 

I used to suggest mothballs

but no longer do. These can be a carcinogen for people and dangerous to small children who might pick one up and eat it.

RUGGED RANCH CHPTO The Chipmunkinator pet pest control supplies
RUGGED RANCH CHPTO The Chipmunkinator pet pest control supplies

This is supposed to catch multiple chipmunks at one time. I tried it and it works, as you can see from my photo. If you are seriously infested with chipmunks, you would be thrilled to catch as many as twenty at a time.

 

Try Hot Pepper Wax to Deter Chipmunks

Bonide 32-Ounce Ready-to-Use Hot Pepper Wax Animal Repellent - 127
Bonide 32-Ounce Ready-to-Use Hot Pepper Wax Animal Repellent - 127

Hot Pepper Wax is not just a good natural insect repellent, it's a GREAT rabbit and squirrel repellent, too (according to the manufacturer). I'm figuring if it deters a squirrel, it will deter a chipmunk.

 

Try the Cat Urine Method to Drive Chipmunks away

Put used kitty litter in the hole where the chipmunks run in and out. If you don't have a cat, maybe a friend can donate some smelly kitty litter. Obviously you wouldn't use this for getting the chipmunks out of your house. This is an outdoor method.

I'm figuring that this works on the same principle as the fox urine. The chipmunks don't want to be around where there are predators like foxes or cats. This is a cheap method to try. If it doesn't work with your particular critters, try one of the other methods offered on this page.

Fill Indoor Holes with Expanding Foam to Keep out Chipmunks

Touch 'n Foam 4001031212 MaxFill Maximum Expanding Sealant
Touch 'n Foam 4001031212 MaxFill Maximum Expanding Sealant

We've used this to seal up opening where we've run a wire into the garden shed. It expands to fill the gap. You can trim off the excess and even paint it to match the wall if that is a concern.

PRESTO... no entry way for chipmunks, mice or insects.

It's mostly a one-use spray, so fill all the holes you can find. The instructions say it can be reused within a week or so. Any longer than that, we found, the nozzle clogs up and won't spray.

 

A New Chipmunk Deterrent

#1 CAT REPELLENT GET RID OF CATS NOW. KEEP CATS AWAY FROM YOUR YARD & GARDEN
#1 CAT REPELLENT GET RID OF CATS NOW. KEEP CATS AWAY FROM YOUR YARD & GARDEN

I was excited to discover this new deterrent for chipmunks. It's made of cork and plant oils.

Just stick it in a flowerpot or around the area where you don't want the chipmunks hanging out. Reviewers say it keeps the neighbor's cat out of the plantings too.

I'll have to try this during the summer. Probably to protect my strawberry patch, I'll need quite a few to place around the perimeter of the plants.

 

I Can't Personally Guarantee All of These Methods for Deterring Chipmunksks

I've tried some myself and have talked to others about methods they've used. I wish you success with the method you select but keep in mind that each situation has different factors affecting it.

If All Else Fails, Try Applying Some Humor to Your Situation

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Questions and Answers about Chipmunks

Ask your question in the comment section at the end of this page. I'll try to find the answer for you.

Check Out These Issues and My Suggested Solutions

  • Laura Apr 19, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    We filled a hole in our sunroom with the foam, but he/she chewed right through it. It took a couple days (and we would hear it crunching and gnawing on it), but there it was this morning at 7:00 scurrying through the dining room and out into the kitchen . . . it's either behind the fridge or went under the door to the basement. I had to leave for work, but I got my husband up and he brought the Havahart into the kitchen. I haven't heard from him so don't know if he caught it. I told him this time to stuff the hole with steel mesh or steel wool or screening.

    vallain Apr 19, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    Wow, I may have to switch to the steel mesh then. It must have really wanted into your house. The Haveahart should do the trick and take him far, far away.

  • ernaldo Jun 14, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    A couple years ago I had a family in my walls. They chewed a hole in my baseboard and moved in, chewing everything, and doing their business. In the spring, I started trapping and by July relocated over THIRTY! Repaired the entrance hole and later that year they started appearing again, so I started trapping again. I lost my patience with the little rats, now I try to trap, but if I see one pass it, I just shoot it. I gave up on squirrels as well...I see one and bang, gone. They usually die when they're moved anyway, so why waste the gas?

    vallain Jun 14, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Wow, you have an extreme case, but as you point out, you never know how many you are dealing with. Check out my other page on Chipmunks - the Final Solution for a wider range of traps.

  • Stacy Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    I have a chipmunk in my kitchen, it is obviously getting in and out, probably doesn't help that the basement is a dirt partial, the neighborhood cats have been surrounding my house for months now and I just found out why. My goldfish disappeared a month ago and we had no clue what happened to it till now....not too thrilled.

    vallain Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    I've never heard of a chipmunk going after a goldfish. Maybe it would, because they do eat insects. Mostly they eat nuts and berries. I recommend you get a Havahart trap right away and put peanut butter on the lever.

  • Marie from Vermont Sep 05, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    My car engine light came on so I went to the auto dealer. He discovered that they built a nest near my engine and chewed some wires. It was in the shop for 4 days and cost me a lot of money to get it fixed.

    The next day I saw one sitting on my back wheel. I opened the hood and discovered they were building a new nest. Their food souse is acorns from my BIG Oak Tree. Which would cost me lots of $$ to cut down. I've tried the granular stuff but I would see them eating it. I have heard from a few people to try peppermint oil/leaves . Has anyone ever tried that ? Does anyone know where I can buy some ? Please help!! M from Vermont.

    vallain Sep 05, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    Marie, I really recommend you get a trap and put peanut butter on it. Look around for where you see acorn shells (their eating place). Put the trap close to that.

Chipmunk Crossing Sign

Chipmunk Crossing Xing Sign
Chipmunk Crossing Xing Sign

This cute sign is available from Amazon. Because it is so popular, sometimes it goes out of stock. You aren't the only one with lots of chipmunks.

 

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      Virginia Allain 22 months ago from Central Florida

      There usually is more than one. We caught 32 this summer at our cottage. That was using the Havahart trap. Good luck.

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      Caroline 23 months ago

      I have a chipmunk I named him Henry but I'm not liking Henry so much these days found out that he chewed through the drywall in my garage and tunnel through the drywall I have holes everywhere in my yard so now it's time for Henry to go and reading all of the comments I pray to God that I don't have an infestation of them I'm going to try to trap them if that doesn't work I'm going to try the cat litter

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      hdcranston 3 years ago

      In house behind stove

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @grayman1: Maybe let nature take its course and turn him loose in the yard. That should terrorize them enough to move on.

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      grayman1 3 years ago

      @Katier0se: Grayman; I have a Yorkie and the little buggers are making him crazy! They come up on the pattio and he goes nuts trying to get at them through the glass sliding doors. Have you solved your problem? I got one of those Owls but that didn't work, I'm going to Shake Away or Fox urine next but I am concern for my little Mojo. The scent may make him go really crazy, Y=Yorkies are bread for hunting these little dudes!!!

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      moldswan 3 years ago

      One chipmunk was getting into the engine of my girlfriends car and our dogs scraped the hell out of the bumper to try to get to it. If that wasn't bad enough, it dropped an acorn on top of the transmission and chewed through the wiring harness to get to it rendering the car indri able. Lucky for us, I was able to repair the harness after four hours of removing most of the air infiltration system to reach it. Now it has been in my range rover...time for the chipmunks to disappear!

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      Katier0se 3 years ago

      I have two problems with chipmunks: They have a hole in my garden, (not a big problem), but they also get under the addition to my house and up inside the siding in one spot. I haven't found them in the attic or in the basement, but it is a concern. The secondary problem is actually almost worse. I have a terrier. If I can't get rid of the chipmunks he will happily destroy my garden trying....

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @SusannaDuffy: I like the possums you have in Australia, they look cuddley. Not like the rat-like ones we have in the U.S. Guess they could be a nuisance, eating all the fruit in your garden though.

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I don't have chipmunks where I live, but possums are deterred by a fake owl or, as I use, old CDs hanging from trees

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @Doc_Holliday: Apparently you have never experienced chipmunks in the attic of your house or chewing on the wiring in your car. I'm happy for you.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Thanks for all of this great information, I'll be saving this and putting it to good use in the spring.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @timothyray-dantin: Sounds like you are getting really frustrated with them.

      I have another page called Chipmunks - The Final Solution.

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      timothyray-dantin 3 years ago

      Ifind the pellet gun is the best way to get rid of these little vermin!!!!

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      As a great fan of Alvin and his mates, I find it hard to see how anyone could find chipmunks to be a nuisance :-)

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @TracyMae: It's amazing how small an opening they can get through. Try the Havahart trap with some peanut butter on the lever.

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      TracyMae 3 years ago

      We moved into an old farmhouse about a year ago. We've remodeled just about everything to date. Now I keep seeing seeds in odd places (the seeds are from the ends of the "helicopters" that fall from trees). In my drawers, in a bin in the coat closet & now between a stack of sweaters. We have searched & cannot figure out where they/it is getting in & we've not seen any critter yet...but the stowing away of seeds has me thinking chipmunk ???

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: I do see them in the yard, but not the garden.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: If it is a chipmunk, you should see them zipping around the garden and yard. Not seeing them, then likely to be a mole.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a chipmunk (or mole??) that is digging holes under my vegetables and is ruining my vegetable garden. I have tried several tactics including moth balls. My local gardening centre suggested putting gum in the holes as they will eat it, choke and die. Not really the route I would like to go!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Under the grill cover on the grill

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: It's important to get the right size. The larger Havahart like you would use for a woodchuck won't do for chipmunks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a havahart live trap. I keeps getting tripped and the food is gone. It seems like the chipmunks are not heavy enough to trip the door, they go in and out only tripping it sometimes. Have yet to catch one.

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      FaithHodge1 4 years ago

      This is better than reading a book!~ So many ways to get rid of these little guys. They are so cute but just as devious as they are cute! Thanks for the great ideas and things that are very possible to do.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: This summer I've caught 3 red squirrels in the Havahart trap. I can recommend that for her situation.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We don't have any chipmunks, but my mother would love if some of these methods worked for squirrels :)

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      Davidfstillwagon 4 years ago

      Good lens, we have quite a few of them in the back yard and their holes are everywhere!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: The same techniques that work for quiet chipmunks should work for those too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What about chirping chipmunks? How do I get rid of them?

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: They have one batch of babies in the early spring and another in early summer. The young are out of the burrow in 6 weeks. If you trap them and move them in late summer, there shouldn't be any babies. Unfortunately it doesn't leave them much time to stock up food in the new place for winter.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      OK - I may be too humane, but am worried that little chipmunk BABIES may be in a nest in the wall - so, I don't want to capture MOM and leave the BABIES to starve - any ideas??

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: If you can smell it, yes it will. And cat urine doesn't work either. I use the corn type litter (best with my big maine coon cat) and the chips just feed on the litter - in the box next to the used stuff. I have them in the basement (100+ yr old house with stone walls. I have used a case of expanding foam, steel wool, and am currently using cement in a tube, which they can't burrow, bite or eat. As the cats have killed 6 or so in the last couple of weeks, there must be a new tunnel under somewhere.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Interesting behavior. Maybe it wants the fibers for nesting material.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Our resident chipmunk(s) are pulling threads out of our outdoor carpeting on our back porch.

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      My problem isn't chipmunks, it's rabbits. I was going to write bunnies, but they don't sound like pests---like chipmunks actually don't sound like pesky critters. Especially when a picture of them makes the chipmunk song come to mind. Who doesn't like Alvin. Nice informative article!!

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Never had a problem with them, and didn't realise they were such a pain.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      They have destroyed a wooden retaining wall in my feont yard before i even knew they were there. Now they are bold enough to run right up to me while i am working in the yard!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ha! My cats have brought me in a few live presents. One of the little critters crawled up into the bag with my wedding dress and ate all the beading off the dress.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My cat brings his little friends in through his cat door and when tired of playing with them lets them go in the house. When in the house they are fairly easy to catch--herd them into a corner, ease a towel over them, and then encapsulate the critter in the towel. Make sure you either get a hold of the chipmunk firmly or that you have the towel-pocket totally closed around them--they will try to wriggle out. Take the captured munk to a release spot.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Chipmunks have been tearing up my strawberry-type pot of hen-and-chicks plants. Digging in to the holes, chewing the leaves, scattering the plants.

      Last year, they beat me to at least 1/3 of my ripe tomatoes.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Sure, try all angles.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Can I send him a bus ticket?

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: You need a haveahart trap and peanut butter.. quickly.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The little diggers are burrowing under my stone staircase that cost $10,000. The stone is sinking due to the burrow holes. I LOVE animals and do not want to harm them. I do, however, want these little guys to move out & fast!!!!!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Don't know if it was able to pull the apple over to the side and eat it without going inside the cage or what happened. Put peanut butter on the lever inside the trap. The chipmunk will have to stand on the lever to lick off the peanut butter. Test the door first to see that it triggers OK.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my partner took the chipmonk away from the cats in the yard and stupidly brought it into the house (i was not home at the time.) the chipmonk got away and is now in the kitchen. i have set a havahart and although the critter has eaten the apple, the door did not shut.

      now what?

      it's been sevceral days already...

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I'd be iffy about the fox urine there. If you don't mind more drastic measures, I'd recommend the rat zapper. If you want to stay humane, try the U Scram Chipmunk Deterrent. It is supposed to have a milder smell.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Problem with them getting into crawlspace. Can I put the fox urine in there or will it smell up the house?

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      We don't have chipmunk problems in AZ but I remember them well from when I loved up North.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @chuckholmes301: They do have a strong homing instinct.

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      chuckholmes301 4 years ago

      We just kill them. Otherwise they come back.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Oh, Eve, I'm sorry you are having such a hard time. It sounds like drastic methods are called for here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love watching them but they have tunneled under the house into the crawl space, tore open a heat duct, stored seed in it and have moved into the attic. They have to go. I'm going to try the used kitty litter first but whatever works. Probably the have a heart trap. I'll have to quit feeding the birds for a while.

      going to try the kitty litter

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Hmm, may not be too humane but guess it is natural for a cat to hunt small rodents.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat is to chipmunks what Genghis Khan was to Asia: a scourge of death and destruction. At the peak of summer he'll bring in 5+ a day...every day. I'll rent him to anyone with chipmunk problems. You gotta give him water, food he manages for himself :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      They are (and have been for years) tunneling under my walkway which concerns my husband. I on the other hand have not had any issues with them in the house at all and don't mind them eating some of the birdseed, so the cat and I enjoy watching them out of the window.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I think placing a haveahart trap close by with some peanut butter on the trigger might take care of your problem. The chipmunk really needs a new territory (hopefully one without window wells).

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A chipmunk is nesting in the soil near a window well under a bay window. the window well was filled with soil and would fill with water in heavy rains and flood my basement. I dug out the soil and it solved the problem for I time. However soil began to reappear after a time, which I again removed. It appeared a second time and after investigation, I discovered that a chipmunk had constructed a burrow and was depositing the soil in the window well. as soon as the weather warms up I will attempt to evict him (or her)

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Joe, I'm not sure which of the methods you are asking about here. All the items I'm showing have been successful in catching or keeping away chipmunks. Sometimes a combination of methods work depending on your situation.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Joe, I'd recommend setting a Haveahart trap to capture the chipmunk and definitely block that hole so no more come in.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Is this the one listed as for mice ?? Saw that one in Home Depot. Or was it listed as specific for chipmunks?? Thanks.

      Joe

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Chipmunk got into my garage, then into the basement. Not sure what is best method to trap it. Found a hole near a vent that it's probably using, but not sure if I should close that off which would mean critter might chew more holes elsewhere. Ideas ??

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I suggest you get a haveahart trap to capture the chipmunks. Try to block the openings where they are getting in too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My three-year old washing machine began to leak because a chipmunk chewed a hole in the water intake hose. The washer is in the basement. I must have a hole somewhere just above the foundation leading to the outside. I have two cats that are not allowed into the basement so I guess the chipmunk feels pretty safe as long as he doesn't go into the first floor living area. Has anyone else had a similar problem? If so, what did you do to expel the chipmunk?

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @AstroGremlin: I'll tell you a sad story about a friend who tried to remove skunks from under her house using such traps. Her cat accidentally got into the trap and wasn't discovered soon enough. It suffered a heat stroke on a very hot day. You do need to check them frequently.

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      Useful tips. Hav-a-Heart traps work well but make sure to check them often or they aren't really very humane at all. I won't use glue mouse traps for that reason -- the animal dies of thirst, a rough way to go.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: They are serial hibernators and don't sleep the whole winter away. Yours has come out for a break, but should go back to hibernating soon.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have a different problem it's December 31 and we have one eating all our birdseed off our front porch !! I guess we'll try to catch him but then what to do with him ? he's supposed to be hibernating!! Lol

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Lynni, I have another page (see the link on the right hand side at the top) with more ways to get rid of chipmunks for those who are desperate.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: We had more this year than ever also. The two we thought were adorable turned into what seems like 100's. If they get in the house, there is no way I will care if the removal of them is humane or not. Outside yes, inside, this is my territory. No rodents allowed, cute or not. We actually used mothballs (not too much luck) we're trying fox urine. The neighbor's cat has been hanging around lately because with our warm winter temps the chipmunks are still out playing and gathering food. Never ending battle.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Oh no, those naughty chipmunks. Try trapping them in a Haveahart trap.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      They are eating the wiring in my car!!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Thanks for sharing your experience. I had reservations about using mothballs anyway, since they are a carcinogen for people.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The mothball theory doesn't work. I have Chipmunks in my pool house. I placed mothballs throughout and even left about a half a box full under one of their stashes. When I checked a week later, the little critters had to partial box of mothballs stashed full of nuts.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @gottaloveit2: Just be glad they aren't getting into the walls of your house. Thanks for the blessing!

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      I'm back to bless this wonderful article. As one who is trying to coexist with the chipmunks, mice, and raccoons, it's not so easy to be kind to them but protect my birdseed too. Great ideas here.

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the humane tips on deterring chipmunks. They are cute little critters, until they chew their way into the garage or garden shed.

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      SecondSally 4 years ago

      I saw these constantly when I was growing up next to an area covered with woods. Now I hardly ever see them, and I sort of miss watching them. No need to send me any of the destructive ones though! Nice lens.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @einsteinmoomjy: I could send them a few....

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I'm glad it worked for you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: The Chipmunkinator that I got off of ebay works great! It is humane. You can catch multiple and then release them in someone else's field :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I used the Chipmunkinator and caught 3 chipmunks in about 15 minutes.

      This trap really does work. I catch at least two every time I put it out.

      Thank you for your previous advice!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      they are in my car motor, helpl

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      einsteinmoomjy 4 years ago

      My parents sit on their porch and watch all the chipmunks play. It's a pastime for them. LOL

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: John B, we have a dog and the chipmunks still run around the backyard. she has chased them but they continue to run around the yard.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I'm afraid that tomcat trap isn't what people want for a "humane" solution to their chipmunk problem.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      THERE IS A NEW TRAP OUT CALLED THE TOMCAT TRAP. IT WORKS EXCELLENT ON CHIPMUNKS. I CAUGHT 12 IN 5 DAYS. I BOUGHT IT ACE HARDWARE. I USE SUNFLOWER SEEDS AS BAIT

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've got one in an enclosed courtyard. My cat sits 6 ft. away on the step and watches the little bugger. I have a stunning array of Asiatic Lilies, and the little devil is going after the bulbs, and he eats enough sunflower seed to put me in the poorhouse. He's gotta go! Time for the traps.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Sometimes changes in weather conditions drives them to new habitat.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Chipmunks are more than abundant in my yard, digging holes under my paverbrick, never had this serious a problem with then before this year.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Sounds like you have a plan that's working for you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This summer I have trapped and removed 6 chipmunks from the barn -- where they were eating the chicken feed, and undermining the building with their tunnels. Today I saw another chipmunk taking an apple down the tree trunk. We have an outdoor dog, but she doesn't climb trees and the chipmunks merely taunt her. I shall borrow the trap again for the remaining ones.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Time for a Haveaheart trap, it sounds like you've reached the end of your patience.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: We have a terrier and have a major chipmunk problem.....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      he`s making holes all over. Under the deck, near the basement door. Today, we left the door opened a little because we`re working on the deck. The thing walked in the house and I found him walking across the hallway on the SECOND floor!! We got him out through a window, but he`s still in the yard. Not cute anymore!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Thanks, Angie, for alerting me to that danger. I've added a caution to that section now.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: About the only thing that keeps them far away is to trap them with the Haveahart and take them far away. I have another page about more permanent solutions for chipmunks but only for the desperate.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a chipmunk problem in my flowerbeds, mainly petunias and marigolds. It takes them a couple days to eat all of them. I've tried ultrasonic methods, dried blood, pepper flakes, garlic, and mothballs (not all at the same time :) ). Any method works for a short time, then the critters seem to get immune to it and come back. They're driving me nuts!!! I need help!!!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: That's terrible. You need a solution fast. Amazon has fast shipping if you like one of the solutions here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      they took over my garage, chewed out the door framing under the door and dug out the dirt in the cinder blocks,