How to get rid of chipmonks... - Knowledgebase Question

Mukwonago, Wi
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Question by cheld5
June 30, 2010
Chipmonks are destroying our flower gardens. They are too light to trip the spring on the livetrap. We spent a ton on mothballs. It didn't work. They dig up flowers, eat holes in cupboard in screenhouse and that's just a sample. How can we get rid of them? We don't want to kill them if we don't have to but are to the point of considering anything to iradicate them before they get into walls.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Some gardeners find that natural predators along with a resident pet cat serve as sufficient deterrent to chipmunks, while others resort to trapping them. Have you tried flashing deterrents, such as pie tins on string, or bird scare tape? You have to keep moving it around, or they'll get used to it. Owl statues sometimes help, but again, you need move it, too. Other options include electric mesh fencing, spraying plants with hot pepper wax (found in many garden centers), surrounding your garden with a slippery, angled sheet of plastic or other surface, so they can't climb, etc. I hope one or a combination of these ideas works for you! Here are some addional details about controlling nuisance chipmunks. http://muextension.missouri.ed... Best of luck!

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