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How to Get Rid of Chipmunks Naturally

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No matter how cute, chipmunks are rodents. They spoil your yard and make burrows to live. They eat bird seed and cat or dog food. They tear up the plant bulbs and scatter the seeds everywhere which promotes the growth of unwanted plants. 

Like other rodents, they reproduce really fast and can infest your home causing more damage to your landscape. They are really loud when they sing at every opportunity, no wait -- those were the Disney Chipmunks!

Since they are really cute, killing them takes a lot of courage. You need to have a heart made of steel to kill such beautiful little creatures. But repel them you must, or face the damaging consequences of landscaping expenses. Here are a few precautionary methods you can use in order to keep them away from your backyard and save your precious landscaping.

Chipmunk Prevention and Exclusion

You can make changes in your yard to prevent chipmunks from entering and make their home in your backyard. These are easy ways which does not require you to trap them. The changes you can make are:

  • Placing L-shaped footers around the house’s foundation will prevent chipmunks from burrowing. These places are around the sidewalks, porches and other foundations.

  • Trimming down plants and grass and removing rock and wood piles will also keep these rodents away. These provide food and shelter for burrowing and mating.

  • Having a plant-free gravel border around the home or the backyard will also be effective.

  • Since chipmunks love to tear up flower bulbs, you can plant them beneath a wire or a plastic screen or in bulb cages to prevent chipmunks from getting inside. These have enough space for the flower to sprout and grow.

  • Planning daffodils and Alliums will not attract chipmunks as they are not liked in the wildlife community.

  • Avoid keeping bird feed outside. You can put them in rodent repellent jars. Cat and dog food also attracts chipmunks.

These are hassle-free ways and incur minimum costs when applied. When the chipmunks don’t come in, you don’t need to trap them. You can also use repellents if this isn’t effective enough.

Chipmunk Repellents

Just like other rodents, using commercial repellents is controversial. Although repellents used for squirrels can also be used for chipmunks, they are not very effective given the open environment that they live in.

Using squirrel repellents can have the same effect on the chipmunks and these repellents include:

  • Applying thiram on plant bulbs, stems and barks.

  • Placing naphthalene balls, also known as moth balls or flakes, across the yard and garden.

  • Products that contain nicotine sulfate, bitrex, methyl nonyl crystal, thiram and ploybutene are available commercially. These can be applied on plants but with extra precautions as they are poisonous.  This may need multiple applications as rain and watering the plants will wash them away.

  • If you wish to make a chipmunk repellent at home, you can simply mix together 1 tablespoon of Lysol, 3 ounces of Epsom salt with 1 gallon of water. Spray around the yard to keep these creatures away.

These methods do not harm the chipmunks and you don’t have to worry about the hassle or trapping them. Because when you trap them, you will have to take them away and release them somewhere in the wild. If you do not notice any effectiveness after using these repellents then you have to use baits to trap these predators.

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn 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.

Trap them for Maximum Effectiveness

Since there are many doubts about using repellents and its questionable effectiveness, using a trap is the most effective way of getting rid of chipmunks. Use a standard mesh wire, or a rat trap snap – they work well for chipmunks too. Chipmunk love baits nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, peanut butter, meat, cereal grains and raisins. So these can be used as baits to trap them. Another great suggestion for a trap is the Havahart Live Trap.

In order to condition the chipmunks, set the bait up but keep the trap unlocked. This would condition the chipmunks to take the bait. Do this for a few days then set both the bait and the trap so that they are caught, this will take 2 to 3 days at max. Make sure that you do not set the trap where it could be contacted with children or pets. You can place these traps in small boxes with holes in them. To draw the chipmunks to the boxes, place the bait outside the box too.

Keep your Bird Feeders Away

Since chipmunks are ground feeders, they look for bird food, which is spilled on the ground. Make sure you regularly clean up the spilled seeds and keep the surrounding area clean. Try feeding your birds food that is not attractive for squirrels and chipmunks -- like thistle. Placing the feeder at least 15 to 30 feet away from any structure will also keep the rodents away.

Chipmunks regularly look for places where they can breed and they multiply really fast. All they need is food and some shelter to get settled down. They can create havoc in your yard by tearing away all your flowers and destroying your backyard really quickly.

Conclusion


Chipmunks may be cute but when they are hanging around your property, their destructive behavior makes them lose their cuteness quite quickly. We hope the above product suggestions and DIY tips will help you in your quest to remove this furry pest. For more helpful advice, reach out to us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with us by clicking the chat button on the left hand side of our website.

 

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