Tips to Get Rid of Chipmunks

Chipmunks may look cute as they dash around your yard. They have big, brown eyes, round ears, inquisitive little noses, and racing stripes down their backs. Their antics can be entertaining to watch. They might not inspire the same reaction of fear and disgust that mice and rats do. In spite of that, you should be aware that they can be true garden pests who eat flowers and crops, burrow and dig, and undermine the roots of your grass and plants. They also can get into houses and other buildings and do damage to foundations with their digging. They also reproduce quickly. If you see one chipmunk, you might have many more that you don’t see. What can be done about it? How can you stop them from damaging your property? In this article, we will explore some tips for getting rid of chipmunks.

Is Your Property a Haven for Chipmunks?

Look around at your property. You may have unintentionally made it a chipmunk paradise. Any place that chipmunks can shelter and hide, such as debris, rock, and woodpiles, will attract them. If you leave out trash or any kind of food, that attracts them as well. Clean things up and make your property less of a haven for them.

Cover Flower and Vegetable Beds

You want to prevent chipmunks from digging in your garden beds. Screens made of mesh wire can be placed over the beds to keep them from wrecking your garden with their digging and tunneling. Make sure the mesh opening is large enough for your plants to sprout through but too small for chipmunks to burrow in.

Keep Chipmunks Out with Fences

A good fence is a proven method for defending your carefully planted garden from chipmunks. It will keep them out and prevent them from eating plants and doing damage to the garden with their digging. Your best bet is to get a solid fence that will shield your flowers and vegetables from chipmunk eyes. Out of sight, out of mind. 

Electric fences are even better options for deterring chipmunks. However, electric fences require constant upkeep and they may shock pets. They are also expensive. A note of caution- check with local ordinances regarding fences before you put up any fence.

L-Shaped Footers Keep Out Burrowing Chipmunks.

L-shaped footers are a great invention when you are dealing with digging animals like chipmunks. They go underground and then up against building foundations and fences to prevent burrowing animals from getting underneath fences and foundations. It will help prevent chipmunks from digging underneath your foundation and destabilizing it.

Set Some Traps for the Chipmunks on Your Property

There are a wide variety of traps on the market that can be used to trap pesky chipmunks that are creating havoc on your property. There are snap traps that snap shut on the chipmunk when the bait is disturbed. There are box traps that trap chipmunks in box-shaped traps with a door that closes. There are traps made of woven mesh. Chipmunks love grains and seeds. Raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts, and peanuts all make great bait for your traps. Don’t try to set the trap right away. Leave the bait out for at least three days and let them get used to it. 

They will be comfortable with the traps and then you can set them. In order to make the traps effective, you should study the chipmunks and figure out their patterns of movement. Then place the traps in those routes. These are a few of the more useful ways to get rid of chipmunks from your property.

Note: You should never attempt to poison chipmunks. It is an inhumane way of killing them and it is potentially lethal to children, pets, and other animals.

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