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How to Get Rid of Chipmunks from Your Yard

Chipmunks are extremely adorable but if they are present in large numbers, they can easily become tiresome pests. Despite their cuteness, they can easily cause a lot of devastation to your your yard since they tend to burrow in the ground. Without knowing it, a chipmunk can easily cause structural damage as well as mess up your yard in a few short days or weeks.

While they are usually tolerated by most gardeners, since they tend to snack on insects that harm plants, they can often turn to munching on the very same plants too. If your yard is overrun by chipmunks, it might be time to get rid of them.

Choosing the Humane Way

It might be all too tempting to lace some nuts and seeds with some poisonous substance and then let the chipmunks eat them but this isn’t the best option. Chipmunks are small omnivorous creatures and are usually eaten by larger predators including foxes, eagles and even by domestic cats and dogs.

If you poison the chipmunk, there is a small chance that the chipmunk will get eaten by other predators and end up poisoning them too. Moreover, leaving poison lying around in the form of pellets is also risky as there is no guarantee that it will be effective. Opting for a more humane manner includes making your yard unattractive for chipmunks as well as adopting other practices for catch and release which are safer for everyone involved.

Making Your Yard Unattractive

One of the first steps you have to take is to start making your yard unattractive for the chipmunks. When they find that the yard is no longer the perfect habitat, they will stop frequenting it and even choosing to burrow and live in it. The following are a few things you can apply:

  1. Removing Their Cover – Chipmunks naturally like shaded, leafy areas and love thickets and bushes. Start off by removing any woodpiles, rock piles and trimming any thick plants as much as possible. Your goal is to thin them enough that they no longer provide cover to the chipmunk.

  2. Trimming Your Trees – If you have trees and a wooded area right on your backyard, do your best to trim your trees’ branches. It might look nice to see them reaching out to the woods but this can attract chipmunks from the woods into your back yard.      

  3. No Food Outdoors – Do not leave out any food including pet food outdoors. If you have a bird feeder outdoors, prop it up in a manner that discourages chipmunks to eat from it. They love the seeds and nuts just as much as the birds do. If you enjoy keeping a birdfeeder outdoors and don’t want to remove it, rub the area around it with Vicks Vapor rub. The stuff is sticky, hard to rub off their paws and tastes awful so they won’t want to go near the bird feeder.

  4. Letting Your Pet Roam – If you have a pet cat or a dog, let them roam the yard often. They might not be successful in catching any chipmunks but they can help to make your yard undesirable for them. They chipmunks are not likely to want to live right next door to predators as they feel extremely unsafe.  

  5. Making Plants Unattractive – Chipmunks enjoy eating plants as they are omnivores. To protect your plants and make them unattractive, you can either sprinkle some blood meal around the base or you can spray them with cayenne pepper. Keep in mind that cayenne pepper is toxic to pollinators such as bees, butterflies and more so use it as a last resort.

Set Some Traps

Once you’ve made your yard or garden unattractive, it’s time to start capturing the chipmunks in order to relocate them. You can start to do this by setting a few chipmunk traps such as the Havahart Live Animal trap. In this manner, you can easily capture the chipmunk and relocate it to some other woods or area which will be more suitable for the chipmunk to live in. To set a trap for the chipmunk, make use of the following:

  1. Buy More than One – You can find chipmunk traps like the Havahart Live Animal trap here at Solutions Pest & Lawn. Be sure to buy more than one since you’ll have to set up the trap in a few different areas to catch the chipmunk successfully.

  2. Be Sure to Bait It – Remember to bait the trap using some of the tastiest things for chipmunks such as nuts, seeds, butter, bread and more. Set the trap up in an area and check it in the morning.

  3. Relocate Them – When there’s a chipmunk in the trap, simply take the trap with you to the area for relocation and release the chipmunk there. Be sure to research the place you are releasing them in and ensure that it is in compliance with local wildlife guidelines.

  4. Filling in the Burrows – New chipmunks may come in and live in the empty burrows left behind by the previous chipmunks. Be sure to fill in the empty burrows and make them as unlivable as possible to discourage new chipmunks from coming in.

Deter Them With Squirrel Repellent

Repellants are another effective method to keep chipmunks away from your property by making your lawn unappealing. We have repellent products like Nature's Defense: All-Purpose Animal Repellent and Critter Ridder which can be laid out around your lawn and garden. Once chipmunks get a taste of these repellent granules, they’ll want no part of your yard and gladly leave to look for food elsewhere.

Relocating chipmunks should be done, from time to time, in order to keep the chipmunk population low in your back yard. If it gets too strenuous for you, you can also choose the easy way out and acquire the services of a pest control professional. They can come in and rid your yard of any chipmunks that you have.


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