Gardening for Wildlife forum: Chipmunks, love them or hate them?

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 11, 2012 6:53 PM CST
I have always thought they are adorable and so cute. But I don't have any chipmonks here in my garden. So who has them? Love them, or consider them pests. Post you chipmonk pictures here please!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 11, 2012 6:55 PM CST
Oh, they are the cutest lil' things but we don't have them in Florida ... only squirrels.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 11, 2012 7:19 PM CST
Yep, we don't have Chipmunks. When I was a young teen though we had some family friends who had one as a pet. Can you say WIRED 24/7? Cute but.... well, they finally got rid of him. Wild things like that need to be wild not pets.
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Name: Gloria Levely
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glevely
Feb 11, 2012 7:27 PM CST
I have them every where Grumbling Grumbling they dig holes eat bulbs and get in sheds lawn mowers and every thing they can live traps are useless they just come back and bring friends with them Crying Crying
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 11, 2012 7:51 PM CST
Sounds like Chipmunks can be a menace like Squirrels! I've heard folks say squirrels have gotten into their attic and have eaten through electrical cables causing a lot of damage. A few years ago I moved all of my orchids out to the backyard and hung them in a tree, and lost many of them to the squirrels! I went out to water one day and found bits and pieces of orchids on the ground beneath the tree, tags/labels scattered about and even a couple of orchids totally missing. I said that some mama squirrel wanted to decorate her nest! Last week I hung two Chirita's (African Violet relatives) in a tree off my back deck and happened to walk by the window one day and saw a squirrel munching away ... both plants have nothing left but a little piece of stalk! Grumbling
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 11, 2012 8:05 PM CST
Squirrels like to bring their friends too!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 11, 2012 8:10 PM CST
Hey, did anybody notice Chipmunk is spelled wrong in the header? It's munk not monk. Who can change it? Only the person who wrote it I think.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Feb 11, 2012 8:14 PM CST
I don't see any way to edit the title. Crying Sad
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 11, 2012 8:29 PM CST
Maybe Tee can do it being moderator. She won't be on anymore tonight but she gets up at the crack of dawn.
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Feb 11, 2012 9:08 PM CST
I love my chipmunks! I don't mind them digging holes, helps aerate the yard. I even plant sunflowers for them.

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Feb 11, 2012 9:14 PM CST
I plant sunflowers but they are ment for the Goldfinches to enjoy. Cute picture!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 11, 2012 9:23 PM CST
I plant sunflowers for the birds but sometimes the squirrels get to them before the birds even have a chance! This little gal/guy decided to bite off the sunflower head and take it up to a tree branch to dine:
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 11, 2012 9:31 PM CST
Great pictures and a smart squirrel that I bet ended up with a full belly.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 11, 2012 9:49 PM CST
I was just glad at that time that it was the sunflower heads it snatched and not my orchids or other house plants!
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Feb 12, 2012 10:48 AM CST
I like the chipmunks but they can be little pests at times, they dig in the flower beds and in my containers to hide their seed, they eat some of my plants, they like gooseberries and even rhubarb. Blinking Grumbling

I have lots of adorable photos, I will post some later. Big Grin
Name: Tami Smith
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mollymistsmith
Feb 12, 2012 10:54 AM CST
I haven't seen any chipmunks since moving here but we have a lot of those pesky moles. I wouldn't mind the moles if they would leave my plants and shrubs alone. Grumbling Crying
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Feb 12, 2012 11:41 AM CST
Tami it's usually voles and mice that eat plants, moles dig tunnels deep in the ground and eat worms and grubs.

This is a vole pretending to be just one of the birds. Hilarious!
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Name: Tami Smith
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mollymistsmith
Feb 12, 2012 11:59 AM CST
No, mine are moles. Small and cute with the pointed snout. I don't believe they eat my plants and shrubs but they uproot my newly planted ones. Grumbling Smiling
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 12, 2012 12:10 PM CST
Margaret, is that vole a gopher? Are they called voles & gophers or are we talking about 2 different things?
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Feb 12, 2012 12:45 PM CST
Ann, That is a VOLE, gophers are different
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This is a POCKET GOPHER, it was really interesting watching him dig his tunnel, was happy it wasn't in my garden. Hilarious!

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