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Name: Bea Kimball
Little Rock, Arkansas; (Zone 7b)
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Buzzbea424
Aug 14, 2017 1:12 PM CST
We used to have cats in the neighborhood. Due to turnover, the cat owners are gone and now I have chipmunks. I have holes in the flowerbed and the lawns. Any suggestions? My husband is allergic to cats so I can't replace them.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Aug 14, 2017 3:29 PM CST
You may have to work around his "allergies".

I can't find the thread where the problem solver was talking about using a rat trap on them...

Yeah, probably got taken down after the person realized how people might take offense...

Chipmunks are sure cute, and.... How many cats can I send you?

You need the kind that eats their catch.... Neighbors might take offense at seeing little critters pile up at your doorstep....

Of course.... You could just get a jack russel terroir.
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
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McCannon
Aug 14, 2017 3:41 PM CST
@stone, That might have been me. I used humane live traps (Havahart X-small) for the ones that cooperated and rat traps for the ones that didn't. Use peanut butter as bait in both. The live-trapped ones got released in the woods, far from any houses or gardens. They're cute little buggers. The damage they do is not.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Aug 14, 2017 4:25 PM CST
Having some success with Rat Magic -a blend of different botanical oils and such. There is an issue with VOCs in some states though.
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Name: Bea Kimball
Little Rock, Arkansas; (Zone 7b)
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Buzzbea424
Aug 14, 2017 5:31 PM CST
Thanks. Cats, live traps and Rat Magic might be permissible. Rat traps are out. When I looked up chipmunks online I found a paragraph stating that Arkansas requires a permit to kill non-game species. As the problem is in an unfenced front lawn in a community with a leash law, a jack russell terrier won't work either.
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Aug 14, 2017 5:47 PM CST
@Buzzbea424, Bea, do you have a local animal control agency? They will usually deal with nuisance animals. That might be worth checking into. You can find the live traps at farm stores, and I saw a Walmart advertisement for them online. I recall paying around $10 at our local farm store.
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from them!
Name: Bea Kimball
Little Rock, Arkansas; (Zone 7b)
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Buzzbea424
Aug 14, 2017 7:13 PM CST
@McCannon, Mac, I've a feeling that if I complained about chipmunks, in this part of town, I'd be laughed at. It would be like complaining about squirrels. I'm just glad that we don't have rats or mice. I've already paid to deal with bats. Twenty years ago someone offered to charge $75 to deal with a racoon under the house. ( A farmer friend told me about moth balls.) I also have deer and rabbits. Although Little Rock is technically urban, our part of town is in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and my back yard looks like this.
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This runoff drains to natural creeks at the bottom of the mountain and into the Arkansas River.

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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Aug 14, 2017 8:07 PM CST
You're probably right about the response. If you're adventurous you could just set a rat trap, and if a chipmunk just happened to get snared in it, well, you can't watch it full time to make sure only rats get caught. Unless you have to have a permit to kill rats, which is pretty silly. A permit to trap rodents? Otherwise I'd go with the live trap. One is usually enough. Nice back yard, by the way. Well, except for the 5-leaf poison ivy Whistling .
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from them!

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