Chipmunk Control Methods
Alvin, Simon and Theodore are simply adorable on our television screen. Many
homeowners have a different opinion. Most gardeners consider them little
more than a cute, but plant damaging rodent, that they need to get rid of.
Hence the conundrum: How to control and get rid of chipmunks, without
letting the kids or the grand kids know what you are doing?
Home owners and home gardeners struggle getting rid of chipmunks. If they
are in your area, it may be a constant struggle to both control their population,
and to keep them away from plants, vegetables, and the bulbs you so carefully
planted for next spring. Like their cousin, the
squirrel, they gnaw and chew through wood and
plastic, and anything not made of metal. You may also find them in your bird
feeder, selectively going after the seeds.
So, without telling the kids, here are some methods you can try for controlling
1. Trapping: Use Hav-a-hart traps. Chipmunks can't resist peanut butter,
or a small handful of peanuts as bait.
Important: Before you trap chipmunks or other animals, check your
local laws. Sometimes, localities allow you to trap animal pests, but do
not allow you to transfer or release an animal into another area. In these
cases, the local animal control office must be notified for removal from
2. Pepper Sprays and other sprays discourage them. One taste or smell,
and they scamper off to your neighbor's garden. You can use most sprays on
vegetable plants and fruit. A lingering "pepper" taste may be detectable
at harvest. Apply every one to two weeks, and after every rain.
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3. Fences and screens: These have a limited effectiveness. If the
plant can be completely screened, you can keep chipmunks out. In most cases
this is impractical, and it is also not aesthetically pleasing. The fencing
must also be metal. Chipmunks will effortlessly chew through wood and plastic
4. Cats: Cats are natural predators, helping to control the local
chipmunk population in your area.
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