Pests and Diseases forum: Chipmunk Apocalypse! (will a trench with water work?)

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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jul 29, 2016 5:54 AM CST
I have tried.

1. Dog/cat hair and waste
2. Wind chimes
3. Pin wheels
4. Fake owl with rotating head
5. Cayenne pepper
6. Neem oil
7. Solution mixing pepper, garlic, ect...
8. Hot pepper soot
9. Mouse traps (with paper over them, strictly to scare)

I might of missed some, but I think you get the idea.

I HAVE DONE EVERY thing that I could think of. I refuse to shoot them or drown.
My last last last resort is to literally dig a moat around my garden, will they touch water
Brenden
Name: June
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JuneOntario
Jul 29, 2016 7:20 AM CST
I have noticed that chipmunks tend to dig their burrow in close proximity to a regular food source. You might try luring them away by feeding them in a spot that is far from your garden.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jul 29, 2016 7:29 AM CST
Peanut butter on a cracker in a Havehart trap will do the job and then relocation!
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jul 29, 2016 7:31 AM CST
JuneOntario said:I have noticed that chipmunks tend to dig their burrow in close proximity to a regular food source. You might try luring them away by feeding them in a spot that is far from your garden.


I think I am S O L in that regards, considering my garden is in a forest.

I wonder if I dump a bag of sunflowers far away will they even touch my garden.

I'm worried that the excess food that they will get will only trigger them to build MORE holes to bury their treasure.

Brenden
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jul 29, 2016 8:49 AM CST
What is the problem with the chipmunks, are they damaging plants. I once waged war on chipmunks only to find that the actual culprits were much sneakier voles for the most part.
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jul 29, 2016 10:32 AM CST
Yea, they dig in my wood chips, putting dirt on top.
Eat all my lupine seedlings, uprooted gladiolus, bit off sunflowers about to flower....
Brenden
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jul 29, 2016 10:58 AM CST
Have you actually caught them red-pawed? It was quite by accident that I found it was voles and not chipmunks when I saw a vole in the act of absconding with a marigold plant. I sat and watched as it hid the mariold under a juniper and came back for another one. I'd wondered why bits of wilted plants were accumulating under junipers, in daylilies etc. I have seen chipmunks bite off petunia and daisy flowers I must admit, but never suspected it was voles doing most of the damage until I saw it. The chipmunks were always visible but not the voles. Neither is easy to deter.
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jul 29, 2016 12:23 PM CST
Yes, once. I had mesh fence as my first defense months ago, went up to the house for something.

Walked back to see it try to dart out of the enclosure but got tangled in the mesh, then broke loose and ran.

Many times when I'm on my knees working on something, I'll turn around when I here some rustling and sure enough. We lock eyes....
Brenden
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jul 29, 2016 12:25 PM CST
sooby said:Have you actually caught them red-pawed? It was quite by accident that I found it was voles and not chipmunks when I saw a vole in the act of absconding with a marigold plant. I sat and watched as it hid the mariold under a juniper and came back for another one. I'd wondered why bits of wilted plants were accumulating under junipers, in daylilies etc. I have seen chipmunks bite off petunia and daisy flowers I must admit, but never suspected it was voles doing most of the damage until I saw it. The chipmunks were always visible but not the voles. Neither is easy to deter.


IF it was this vole thing, I have never in my life seen one. Odd looking bugger
Brenden

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