Property Damage By Chipmonks - Knowledgebase Question

Groton, MA
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Question by gardener16
June 9, 2001
The chipmonks on our property have tunnelled under our above-ground pool, our garden, and basically all over the yard. They have also begun nesting over the winter in our basement. How can we legally get rid of them?

Answer from NGA
June 9, 2001
I'd think first about trapping the critters. 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! Are you sure that chipmonks are the only culprits? Could you also be having trouble with a woodchuck, squirrel, or a family of rabbits?

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