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How do you get rid of chipmunks?

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Initial post: Jun 28, 2012 6:17:08 AM PDT
JanisBC says:
Chipmunks are all over our yard and our neighbors yards. They are undermining our foundations. Our concrete front porch steps are falling due to the chipmunks living underneath them. We have had the stairs pumped back up with concrete but they just dig under that and they fall again. Our neighbor has the same problem with his stairs. Any suggestions on how to get rid of them?

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 8:18:24 AM PDT
Beagleboy says:
I had them also-running up the gutters and over the house, digging up plants, raiding bags of bird seed, etc. I tried various approaches to getting rid of them using cartoons as my scientific basis-like sticking a garden hose down one of the holes and flooding it; pouring wet cement down the holes, even some incendiary devices were attempted (not ACME brand though!). I also tried the various poisons available at home centers to no avail. What finally did work was a large, bloodthirsty cat (should have known that from the cartoons!). Within a month there was nothing else left living except squirrels and birds. Rabbits, chipmunks, etc were all exterminated-all the mice too. I know he eliminated them because he won't eat the chipmunks-he leaves them at the door.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 1:41:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 28, 2012 1:56:46 PM PDT
baha27 says:
We were infested with them! They were doing a lot of damage to garage doors, patios etc. We purchased 5 rat traps (buy the plastic type not the cheaper wooden ones). Baited them with peanut butter, and within 1 1/2 days we had killed 10 chipmunks and 2 shrews! works great, wish I would have tried this sooner, as we had tried numerous types of poisions, smoke bombs etc. We thought we might have 2 or 3...You'll be surprised. Do be careful where you place the traps keep away from children and pets!!!

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 1:49:09 PM PDT
JanisBC says:
We used put out a plastic bucket of water with a board up to the top and float sunflower seeds on the water. The would fall in and drown. The neighbor got squemish so we had to stop. We would get one or two a day.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 3:04:39 PM PDT
Rich Nelson says:
If you don't want to kill them chunks of Irish Spring soap or mothballs should repel them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012 7:56:34 PM PDT
Sprvixn says:
Hi Janis,
I see you're having problems with chipmunks! I recently moved to the country with my two cats and they are allowed outside everyday as there is a high security fence around the entire property. When we arrived, the chipmunks had taken over and were running rampant. When the cats finally honed in on them, they ran down every chipmunk in the yard, and I hate to think it, but have probably "eliminated" most if not all. I haven't seen any chipmunks around. The cats have a grand time and it's a hoot to watch them. Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 8:29:42 AM PDT
M. Gapinski says:
I agree, cats are a very effective system. I was going to suggest that also. You may want to go to a shelter and adopt a couple!!

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 10:57:13 AM PDT
Heather S says:
My father-in-law catches them in a humane trap, and then relocated them. He just used acorns as bait.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 12:08:26 PM PDT
I bet there is a chipmunk posting site somewhere that asks basically the same thing about human invaders. I don't have chipmunks, I have squirrels and they are protected...they have eaten through the cable wires and dig up all my bulbs. Darn critters!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012 8:32:06 PM PDT
Alte Adler says:
My old cat would do the same, make sure you praise him and give him a nice reward. He's leaving it on the door step to show off what he's done.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2012 11:18:38 AM PDT
And be careful setting them. I had a wooden rat trap snap on my middle finger 3 years ago and when the weather changes I know it got snapped. just sayin

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2012 11:20:24 AM PDT
And please get them at the shelter, make sure they have claws if they are to be outside and if they are from a shelter they will be fixed. Don't keep any outside that aren't spayed/neutered please. Our shelter is full to capacity right now and there are probably 30 or more kittens that were unwanted. Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2012 11:24:24 AM PDT
JanisBC says:
I have two abandoned kittens at my house right now that I rescued from an old boat ramp in 110 degree (188 heat index). All our shelters in our area are full and some of the no-kill shelters are having to euthanize. Sorry you are having the same problem.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 6:13:10 PM PDT
Amy sure way to het rid of rabbts?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2012 7:46:37 PM PDT
Buy a kangaroo, chipmunks hate them

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2012 1:02:07 PM PDT
We tried the humane traps and relocation, then found out we were just sentencing them to a slow death anyway. We were informed by a naturalist at our neighboring national park, that imported chipmunks simply can't compete with the natives and will starve to death. Better to use traps that kill quickly. Our reason for wanting to eliminate chipmunks is that they frequent the garden pond at our front entrance and their urine smells like cat urine--not a pleasant way to greet our guests. We don't want to replace chipmunk urine with cat urine, thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2012 1:06:16 PM PDT
If you buy a kangaroo, I'm sure you'll get a big kick out of it!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2012 8:04:15 PM PDT
W.T.Hoffman says:
I'm serious...cats. My cat just caught two screws, in the last two days.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2012 8:41:34 AM PDT
it works, I killed 5 Chipmunks and 3 mice in 3 days. They were destroying my tomatoes!

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 10:10:43 AM PDT
The farmers around here use rather inhumane methods but I guess it's better than loosing a field of produce. One farmer leaves them fresh raspberries and the chipmunks will eat them until the gorge themselves to death (or so I am told) another puts broken glass in their den holes. I think it's terrible but I don't have an issue with the critters.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2012 1:33:25 PM PDT
Wiz says:
I suggest that you try the following ... Havahart 0745 Live Animal Professional Style One-Door Chimpunk, Squirrel, Rat, and Weasel Trap. It is available from Amazon for $20 - $25. I use peanut butter and a few peanuts. After you catch the chipmunks ... put a towel over the cage to calm them down. When you walk up on the cage they will go nuts trying to escape. Take them down the road and open the trap and they will scurry off. I used this same trap 50 years ago when I was a Boy Scout and it still works fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2012 8:46:00 AM PDT
get a cat

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 5:20:18 AM PDT
sounds like a great idea. What is the purpose of the board on top of bucket? I plan on trying this as the cute little critters are detroying my pots of flowers.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 6:13:17 AM PDT
JanisBC says:
A board up to the top as a ramp.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 3:03:56 PM PDT
I am not sure whether it is wise to put mothballs around food crops, but I put them around the periphery of my house, porch and back patio. After trying every product at Home Depot with no positive results (the squirrels loved eating the repellent) the mothballs seem to repel rodents and rabbits.
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