Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Destructive Chipmunks

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Eva
Jul 7, 2011 11:54 PM CST
This year chipmunks have started to dig out my semps in a tufa pot and in the ground. They are also digging out and eating my Fritillaria and Crocus bulbs. I have tried sprinkling blood meal and cayenne pepper without much success. Some advice anyone?
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 8, 2011 12:49 AM CST

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Chipmunks are such destructive little creatures. Where your Fritillaria and Crocus bulbs are you can put down chicken wire. The bulbs will come up through the holes in the but the chipmunks don't like to try and dig in it. You can even place mulch over it. This will usually deter cats from using it as a little box area.

Another thing that some are using with very good success is Irish Spring bar soap. You can make shavings of it and place it around the areas the chipmunks are causing problems in.

Here are a couple of links. Hope some thing here helps. Would love to know what ends up working for you. It could help others with the same problem. : )
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twitcher
Jul 13, 2011 4:09 AM CST
I have also seen chipmunk bait/poison for sale. Not sure if you want to get that extreme, but it is available if you need to use it.

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Eva
Jul 20, 2011 11:32 PM CST
Thanks for all the suggestions. No, I don't want to use poison. They say if there is a void in nature someone new will soon fill it. I'll try the Irish Spring bar soap and also invite the coyotes and hawks to come and have dinner. Smiling

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 21, 2011 12:03 AM CST

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A gopher showed up in my front yard today. Two big mounds in my flower boarder. : (

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twitcher
Jul 21, 2011 3:47 AM CST
Have problems with groundhogs here and no good solutions so far. When one of these terrorists moves in, there is not a lot you can do except try to trap them and they are very difficult to trap.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 21, 2011 7:39 AM CST

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I'm afraid to even go out and look this morning. I notice one of my hostas is gone, and there is a hole where it used to be. Not a good sign. Crying
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jul 21, 2011 11:11 AM CST

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Groundhogs are miserable. Only had one but the neighbors have had lots of problems with them.

Lynn, hope there were no problems except your hosta..... Crying
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twitcher
Jul 21, 2011 12:11 PM CST
Now if we could just get the triffids interested in them.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 21, 2011 2:27 PM CST

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Twit you would think they would love the extra protein. Whistling
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goldfinch4
Jul 23, 2011 7:54 AM CST

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Probably don't like that much fur in their mouth. Hilarious!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 23, 2011 7:59 AM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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BlueFox
Sep 11, 2011 7:14 AM CST
That is funny!

I collect bird cages (I even have HH looking now!) and take the bottom off them and use those for protection from above ground varmints like chipmunks and mice (make sure you get the ones with small spaced bars, or put hardware cloth around the lower part).

I've also got pocket gophers this year - they ate all my garlic during the winter! I got maybe three that made it. I don't know what to do about those, except get a Jack Russel terrier!


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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 11, 2011 9:21 AM CST

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Hurray! Hurray! I vote for the Jack Russel. Lovey dubby
Did you all know that JB just lost her beloved JR, Barney? My heart hurts for her.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Sep 11, 2011 9:38 AM CST

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I'm so sorry to hear of her loss. That is so hard to go through. Crying

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twitcher
Sep 11, 2011 10:59 AM CST
They do make gopher traps, but I have never tried them. Not much of a problem for me.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 11, 2011 7:54 PM CST

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The cat and RT used to take care of the gopher population. We rarely had problems. The RT that was a real hunting machine left us just before her 17th birthday and Susie the cat is 16 this last spring and just seems to eat and sleep. She will follow me around the yard if I'm out there.

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twitcher
Sep 12, 2011 11:03 AM CST
Time for another dog or cat??
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 12, 2011 1:35 PM CST

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I just can't think of having a third dog. Crying
And don't think Suzie would take kindly to another cat coming to live here.
Nikki is really good at chasing things off, but doesn't have the killer instinct unless it bites her when she goes to sniff it. Then all bets are off. She prefers the fun of the chase with Bill. I think they have an agreement to keep it a game. Rolling my eyes.

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