Chipmunks are not good neighbors. They will eat your flowers, they will chew up your roses, they will chew up your tulips. If you have any plants that produce fragrant flowers or other types of flowers then chipmunks may nibble at them too. They love to eat the seeds and pollen from these kinds of plants because it’s so tasty! They also like to eat the nectar from the flowers.
The best way to keep them away from your garden is to use natural control methods such as the one described here. You could even add some cayenne pepper into their food if you want. I don’t recommend using anything stronger than a pinch of cayenne pepper, but if you do, make sure that you only put it in small amounts throughout the day.
If you have a large garden, you might need to hire someone to spray the area where the chipmunks are living. That would probably work better than spraying the whole garden. But again, hiring someone to do that might cost money.
There are many companies that provide chipmunk control services. Some of them charge a fee for their service while others give free services (but they won’t guarantee that there aren’t going to be any problems).
If you want to go that route, then I would suggest looking for a professional in the phone book. If you want to get rid of chipmunks for good, then you are probably going to have to get a professional service to help you out. If you continue to see chipmunks come back or if you just want to avoid paying for these types of services, then I would suggest trying out the repellents that are mentioned above.
One last thing that you can do is to try the bucket method. I suppose this is only going to work if you have a small garden, but it might be worth a shot. All you do is find a bucket or some other container that has a lid.
Then place the bucket in your garden with the lid on it. Chipmunks are naturally curious creatures, so they are going to want to go inside the bucket. Once they are in there, you can seal them inside! Just make sure that you leave enough air in the bucket so that the chipmunk doesn’t suffocate.
If you do a lot of gardening, then you probably know that one of the worst things about it is keeping the pesky critters out. If you don’t keep the rabbits, deer, birds, or squirrels out then your garden isn’t going to be very successful. I’ve seen gardens where everything was growing just fine, but it was almost completely destroyed by the animals that wanted to eat it or use it for their own purposes.
The chipmunks are the worst, though. One of the main reasons that they are so bad is that they like to dig holes in your lawn. They do this so that they can get under it and into your house.
They don’t just want to eat your plants, though. They want to take up residence somewhere, and your house just happens to be a good place for that! The best way to keep them out is to use repellents or natural predators. You can also trap them or kill them if they are already in your home.
You won’t need a lot of the repellent, so one bottle should last you a long time. You will need to reapply it every once in a while, though. If you want to make sure that the chipmunks stay out in the future, you should seal up all of the holes that they might be using to get into your house.
This is especially important if you have little kids. They might not see a chipmunk and try to pick it up, only to get bitten.
You can also use different types of traps to kill the chipmunks that are inside your house. You don’t want to just set out a regular mouse trap, though. You will need a special trap that is made specifically for chipmunks.
You should be able to find these at most grocery or hardware stores.
If you have already gotten chipmunks inside your house and want to get rid of them, then you are probably going to have to catch them and take them outside. Try to find out where they have made their entry into your home and seal it up so that they can’t get back inside. Then, using the methods listed above, you should be able to successfully get rid of your chipmunk problem.
The shake away product seems to work well for repelling them. You just put a line of it around the base of the tree that you don’t want them eating from, and they won’t go anywhere near it. They especially seem to stay away from trees that have had the product on them for more than a week or so.
Just make sure that you reapply the repellent after heavy rains, since the water washes it away.
If you want to keep them out of your house, then you can use the same type of repellent. Just put a line of it around the bottom of the door frame. The smell is strong enough that they won’t want to go anywhere near your house.
You only need to apply it once every couple of months or so, depending on how much it rains in your area.
To catch them in traps, you need to use special chipmunk traps. They are usually just a small box with some bait at the back and a mechanism at the front to kill them. They can be a hassle, though you can also try to catch them in regular mouse traps if you put some peanut butter on them.
This is pretty easy to do, because there are so many different types of repellents and ways to kill the chipmunks. It really just comes down to what you feel comfortable using in your own home. If you aren’t comfortable with the killing methods, then you can always try just using the repellents and hope that the chipmunks die out on their own.
Regardless of which way you go, though, these methods are all perfectly safe for people and pets, so you don’t need to worry about that at all.
Sources & references used in this article:
Managing invasive Siberian chipmunks Eutamias sibiricus in Italy: a matter of attitudes and risk of dispersal by J Cerri, E Mori, R Zozzoli, A Gigliotti, A Chirco… – Biological …, 2020 – Springer
Chipmunks by DE Williams, RM Corrigan – 1994 – digitalcommons.unl.edu
Effect of previous photoperiodic conditions and visual stimulation on food storage and hibernation in the eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) by FJ Brenner, PD Lyle – American Midland Naturalist, 1975 – JSTOR