Chipmunks are adorable little critters, but they are extremely destructive. They are native to North America and thrive in many parts of the country.
Chipmunks like shrubs and rock walls because they provide convenient places to hide. Removing these types of plants and structures from near your house will make your yard more dangerous and less attractive to chipmunks.
5 steps to get rid of chipmunks:
1. Purchase small cage traps – rated rat, squirrel, or chipmunk size, usually about 5″ x 5″ x 14″ or so.
2. Bait traps with peanut butter and seeds, or whole peanuts in the shell.
3. Set traps in areas of high chipmunk activity, or digging.
4. Relocate chipmunks, as soon as possible, at least 5 miles from capture site.
5. If chipmunks have entered building or any other structure, bold 1/4″ or 1/2″ hardware cloth (steel mesh) onto open holes, and make sure mesh is installed at least 8″ under ground.
Eliminating chipmunks through attracting one of their predators is a way to work with nature to fix the problem.
Build an owl box to try to attract these beautiful nighttime predators to your yard. Owls feed on small rodents like chipmunks. Not only will the owl take care of chipmunk control, but will also control voles, moles, mice and rats.
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