The Q&A Archives: Chipmunks

Question: How can I get rid of chipmunks without killing them? They are digging into my flowers. Everytime I cover their holes, they dig others by the next day. I have tried red pepper flakes, coyote urine, and another pest control application but I can't remember what it was called. I bought it at WalMart.

Thank you for your expertise in this matter.

Aris Rychener

Answer: I'd think first about trapping the critters. There are live traps available and sometimes your county animal control department will loan these types of traps out. Failing that, the easiest would probably be to cover the soil around planting beds with sheets of 1-2 inch diameter wire mesh. Cats, chipmonks and bunnies don't like to walk on it. You can also try pruning trees so the lowest branches are at least 6 feet above ground and placing 2 foot wide metal bands around the tree trunks, positioning them so the bottom of each band is at least 2 feet off the ground. This will discourage chipmonks from taking up residence in your yard. I realize these aren't really simple solutions...but it's not a simple problem!

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