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Chipmunks! I saw one run into the black drainage tube that's attached to the downspout on the side of my house. There is one on each side of the corner of my house. After it ran up the spout, I took a pair of panty hose, pulled a leg over each end, not real easy, but it worked.
My son-in-law ran water down the spout, then shook the drainage hose and the chipmunk ran half-way down the leg of my panty hose. He picked up the panty hose and threw it in a large can and let the critter loose quite a ways from the house. It was hilarious, seeing my son-in-law holding a chipmunk in a pair of panty hose. I will try it again.
By Linda Krueger from Brodhead, WI
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I had a chipmunk hole under a paver sidewalk in the backyard. Some pavers were broken and a chipmunk made a tunnel under them. I removed the broken sidewalk, sprayed Repel red pepper oil down and around his hole and filled in his hole. I thought this would make him vacate that tunnel and make a new one elsewhere. No luck. I put down many inches of paver base and sand and he tunneled right back up. Now my pavers are uneven and wobbly. I don't need the chipmunk gone, but I want him to vacate that tunnel and make a new one away from the pavers. What can I do?
Purchase a product called Repels All. It's a granulated, organic substance that irritates their nasal passages. I guarantee they won't come back after a couple of times. Sprinkle around the entire perimeter of your paver patio. Don't forget to cover your nose when sprinkling Repels All - I've gotten a bloody nose more than once and it always bothers me if I don't cover up. Reapply after a rain. It's important that you kill burrowing chippies because they'll continue to do damage. Revert to setting spring traps or putting poison peanuts down the hole.
Sorry to disagree with Peggy D, but they DO come back with Repels All. They have destroyed my flower gardens, and have now tunneled under my brick patio!!
you said reapply after a rain, don't you water your garden every other day ? don't you have to reapply then also
When using sunflower seeds to catch chipmunks, do they prefer just the seeds or do they like the shells as well?
I use sunflower seeds in a havaheart trap.
What are you going to do with them after you catch them. What if you catch one that has babies in the nest. Why don't you like them? They are harmless.
Please do not hurt them. They are very family oriented and do no harm.
Please do not trap them. They are harmless and may have a family near by that needs them to survive.
Unless you have had the infestation issue of rodents and the helplessness of what to do, you don't get any brownie points with the LEAVE THEM ALONE. I posted back in October 2010 with suggestions that others who deal with rodents also had good suggestions. Check out those posts.
Are you peolpe serious? Yes chipmunks are cute little animals when they are outside! We have had on going problems with them coming in and eating our wires, eating food in the cabinets, chewing holes everywhere!! These little devils even had the nerve to eat threw my $2,500 couch! That was the last straw! They gotta go!!! I'm totally against killing things I don't have too and I have traps out to try to catch them the right way and release them away from my house, But the wildlife guy said they'll probably return!
I also have a chipmunk problem. I have them in my attic and in my flower beds. They are digging holes along our foundation and around plants. Today I was told to use ammonia, moth balls or rat decon. If using decon, be prepared to deal with dead chipmunks. If you decide to go with a catch release method be sure you release at least 60 miles away. Not sure if these methods work but I went and bought ammonia this evening.
They are not harmless, they are rodents that cause massive amounts of damage to property. They also carry disease.
On Sunday I used Zatarain's cayenne pepper on the runs and into the three holes they have made under my porch. Monday there was activity going to one of the holes, but stopped short of the entrance. There was no other activity until today when I found a new entrance.
I feel your pain..need solutions...I'm over populated! What works ?
We have a neighbor who is doing massive renovations around their house. One unintended consequence is that our property is overrun by displaced chipmunks. I began setting out rat traps baited with peanut butter. That worked great for a while, but now that the population explosion is slowing, I find that all the traps are attracting large numbers of ants. The ants seem to discourage the chipmunks from coming over for a snack. I have read of borax/sugar mixes that can be used to control ants. Can I mix some in with the peanut butter? Will it put off the rodents from coming over? How much borax should I use per teaspoon of peanut butter? Any ideas out there? Thanks in advance.
I would just mix cornmeal with the peanut butter, so the chipmunks won't be put off by a borax smell. Cornmeal is something used to control ants as well, because they cannot digest it so they die. It will take a few days maybe, but you should see a reduction, and the chipmunks will likely continue to take the bait as well.
I love these little creatures and feed them. I hate to think of humans killing them. They are low on the food chain as it is with hawks and cats and foxes.
Lilac - Sounds lovely. BUT you obviously have never been overrun by a chipmunk explosion. In my yard they destroy plants an even got into my gas clothes dryer and ruined it. With each chipmunk female having 4-5 babies a year, and predators like hawks and coyote's fewer in numbers, there is a time to take action to control the population
Chipmunks dig under my decorative rocks and under my mobile home. I had one inside this morning. Between me, an open door, and the cat we got it out. lol I don't want to repeat that. Help!
Chipmunks are part of our natural habitat and were here long before humans arrived to invade their homes. Please do not hurt them!
I have tried several "cures" = no improvement. It has gotten severe in the last week: tunnels galore. Help please! There are squirrels, chipmunks, cats, and an occasional mole. There is serious damage to my yards. It used to be only in back, they've now attacked the front yard as well. I will try the red pepper sprinkling, and will report back either way.
I have a humane trap that I will be using to catch chipmunks that are damaging my landscaping. When should I start trapping them so I do not leave their babies behind? What time of year or month? I live in eastern Pennsylvania near the border of NJ.
Sorry-the Havahart chipmunk trapping instructions are at the site below:
How can I eliminate chipmunks running around my roof all night?
Chipmunks are diurnal and not active at night. You may need to confirm who is up there.
Do chipmunks come back to where they were trapped even if you take them 4 miles away to release them?
I trap them and release them about ten miles away. They don't come back but you can't get rid of them completely only control the population.
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How can I keep chipmunks from pooping at the entrance to my home?
By neecie shore from Cherry Hill, NJ
What are they eating at that spot? Chipmunks and squirrels usually eat and poop immediately after so they are eating something close by. They like apples, nuts, cherries, berries etc. Take a look around and if you really find the poop disgusting you'll have to remove the food. We have oaks, maples, chokecherries, crab apple trees and leave the fruit for the animals. I love the little guys along with the deer and yes, we do have poop around, but since the trees aren't around the house itself, we don't have an issue with it. The blue jays love to get into the fruit as well and they get drunk on it. Have you ever heard a drunk blue jay? Too funny. :) (09/08/2009)
By susan cantin
Put hot pepper sauce all over the place. Critters do not like hot pepper. Good luck. (09/09/2009)
Place small pieces of bubble gum along their runways. They love it but they cannot digest it. End of story. (09/11/2009)
By Victor Spess
I am swamped with chipmunks this summer. They eat my bird seed, dig under cement steps and in general are a problem, although cute little creatures, they have no mercy.
How can I get rid of these stinkers, we have caught a few in a live trap, but most are babies and slip through the sides. I've tried red pepper but it didn't work. I've tried the sticky pads, they walk around them. I've tried vaseline on the bird feeder pole, doesn't stop them either. HELP
Shirl in Wisconsin
I can tell you like them but enough is enough. They are so cute but I bet they really are pesky when there are a lot of them. I hate to give you my suggestion... but it's the only one I can think of. A kitty cat. My cat caught lots of chipmunks and I'd try to make her let them go but usually failed. I didn't mind at all when she caught mice or vole but... those cute little things. I guess she thought they were all the same. Actually, the chipmunks were really sorta dumb, about cats at least, and it was easy for her to catch them. Maybe a kitty would help you, if you have the heart for it. (07/15/2005)
Find a Feed store and purchase Wolf or Fox urine. Open the bottle before you leave the counter and make certain still has it's potency. Do not put your nose close to the bottle opening, because this stuff has a VERY strong odor. You will be able to smell it once the cap is off. If you can't smell it (perhaps it has sat on the shelf too long), ask for another bottle. Once you get it home sprinkle a very light trickle around your selected perimeter and you will have no more chipmunks or other little critters. The urine does not harm them, the scent is a natural marking in the wild and they avoid it. Good Luck! (07/15/2005)
If you just want to keep them from climbing the bird feeder pole, I have a good remedy that really works. Also keeps squirrels and raccoons out. I feed 'em all, but only the birds can access my feeder. Just remove your feeder from the ground, pole and all. set up a piece of 6 inch pvc pipe (sewer pipe) making sure that it reaches from the ground and fits tightly under the feeder at the top. Then replace the pole inside the pipe. These critters cannot wrap their paws around it to climb up. (07/19/2005)
Problem in my area is that there is a law against letting cats run wild - if animal control finds them, they're caught and taken to the pound. I like cats too much to let that happen to one of mine... so for me, I guess it's wolf or fox urine... (06/05/2006)
I have them running all over my yard. Two have actually gotten into the house. I found a nest under my vinyl siding that pushed the siding out a good 8 inches. I tapped it until all the dirt and styrofoam that they used to make the nest came out. Then I sprayed it with Peppermint oil. They haven't returned there though I'm sure they have an alternate nest close by. I had to nail the last row of siding to the sill to keep them out of the house. (04/05/2007)
I tried the 5 gallon bucket with sunflower seeds. I watched as a squirrel scooped the seeds out. I think I will try the squirrel trap and maybe get rid of those also. (06/05/2007)
How do I set up a 5 gallon water bucket to eliminate chipmunks?
We think at least one or more chipmunks have found their way into our house. We have seen tracks that look like mouse tracks so we put out D-Con. It has gone untouched, so someone said maybe it is chipmunks. Does anyone know any way to get rid of them?
How do I get rid of chipmunks? They have tunnels throughout my yard and I don't want the ground to sink. Any suggestions?
Does anyone know how to get rid of chipmunks?