A unique feature of chipmunks is they stuff food in their cheek pouches and carry it to their burrows. They can make burrows in your patios or driveways. In short, they will eat up all things meant to flourish your garden. One good thing is that they hibernate during winters so your garden is safe at least then! But as spring arrives, they do cause trouble.
How to Get Rid of Chipmunks
You must have realized that getting rid of chipmunks is important if one wants to have a nice, green garden. First get rid of any food morsels or rotten fruits in the yard so that they find no easy food sources. Check for cracks and holes and seal them up with cement or you'll see the whole family residing there in no time. Try these other simple steps too.
Get peanut butter or sunflower seeds in the trap. Remember, it is illegal to free the animal anywhere on the road or in a public park, so once you have caught it, call up the animal rescuer to take it away. Do not use rat traps as these will kill them whereas humane traps won't harm them at all. Do check the laws to ensure that you are not violating any.
But the most effective chipmunk repellent is said to be their predator's urine, like fox urine, which is available in the market. Blood meal and un-chewed gum sticks can be kept around plants and their burrows. Castor oil and ammonia soap could be some more options.
You can even set up owl boxes to attract their predators in your yard. It will certainly frighten the chipmunks into leaving your garden! If not real, you can buy some solar or battery-operated rotating birds. Also, anything that makes a sudden startling noise can be useful.
Chipmunks do not like the smell of hot peppers, and thus, will be driven out of your garden. You can use hot sauce also. You can try planting some unattractive plants, like narcissus flowers, which will keep them away. Daffodils are also a good option to maintain beauty in your garden and drive these animals away at the same time.
For protecting flower beds, you can use hardware cloth. Chipmunks won't be able to surpass the hardware cloth. They love the shade and places to hide, so if you can clean and cut shrubs regularly, it would prove helpful.
A warning though, this method is quite effective but can be cruel to the animal. If you are desperate to eliminate them, fill half the bucket with water and place a wooden plank (any piece of wood will do) leading to the bucket. Spread some sunflower seeds on the plank and inside the bucket.
The chipmunk is sure to get tempted by the seeds, and in the attempt to eat them, will slip and fall into the water. They will try to swim for hours and then eventually drown. It's always better to take steps that don't harm them. Also, in some places, it is illegal to kill them so do make sure of that.
You can distract them by feeding them at the other end of the garden where they cause no damage. Thus, you will protect your garden and can also enjoy watching them. There are some other ways like rat traps or poison but we don't think anyone would like to hurt or kill these heart-warming animals! So get rid of chipmunks the easy way without hurting them!