Being overrun by chipmunks....

They are all over our house and yard. I'd appreciate any specifics on how to prevent, control or otherwise get rid of them!
Thanks in advance!
/fred.r
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This does actually create a funny visual. I'v never heard of this. Sounds like a g-rated horror movie. :-P
IMHO: with any plague, I wonder if I crossed God wrong, once I'm done with that, I move on to eliminating the vermins food supply. Do you have bird feeders, or some other source of food for these little buggers?
hth,
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We always have a few chipmunks around the bird feeder. But I see them all over, even running across the road as I drive along. Our cat is old and lazy but seems to snack on one every few days. But they are still there.
I came from Pittsburgh, PA and we had lots of chipmunks there but we didn't have squirrels. I was amazed to see squirrels but no chipmunks when I arrived in the Boston area in 1959. Now we have both in Boston. But that feline won't even think about squirrels.
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Buy a cat.
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Buy a cat.
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I think these work: http://www.compasseco.com/shop/prod_show.php?art_no=RWS35022 Thanks.
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Humane: Buy traps and then release. Perhaps you could release them at someone else's house you don't like :)
Inhuman: You could use poison, but risk the possiblity of poisoning other animals.
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On Fri, 18 Jun 2004 07:23:57 +0200, Johnnyboy

Let's play devil's advocate with this. You trap, remove a possible father or mother chip-monk from his home. He/she's offspring are now left to starve to dealth. hmmmm.... Chipmonk possibly has infected fleas, you have released this infected chipmonk into a someone elses house. hmmmmm..... Chip monk is lost and disoriented and now subject to this new area's preditors. hmmm....
I'm starting to think it's no that humane.
:-P
later,
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> > >>Humane: Buy traps and then release. Perhaps you could release them at >>someone else's house you don't like :) > > > Let's play devil's advocate with this. You trap, remove a possible > father or mother chip-monk from his home. He/she's offspring are now > left to starve to dealth. hmmmm.... Chipmonk possibly has infected > fleas, you have released this infected chipmonk into a someone elses > house. hmmmmm..... Chip monk is lost and disoriented and now subject > to this new area's preditors. hmmm.... > > I'm starting to think it's no that humane. > > :-P > > > later, > > tom >
Humane? It's a chipmunk. It doesn't know "humane". It's a frickin' wild animal on human turf. Kill it.
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Ha, Ha, Ha. I think humane isn't being used like treating it humanly, but behaving more like a human than an animal.
Suggesting get a big mallet and practicing for the 'wack-a-mole' game?
:-P
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GFRfan wrote:

Just a suggestion Tom. As Devil's advocate you have some good points. All I am saying is that it might be a little better then shootin' them or perhaps poisoning them. I guess you are troubled by the word "humane" I will take it back and say,
option 1. Trap them and realease them on your property, making sure you the fleas actually do have the b. plague.
option 2. or posion them and then they will die in the walls, attic, etc or perhaps even poison the house dog or cat.
option 3. Buy a cat
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On Fri, 18 Jun 2004 18:31:55 +0200, Johnnyboy

Discourage them coming around, eliminate food and water supply.

I've heard aftershave left in open areas, attics crawl spaces scare off large rodents like squirrels and chip monks. Whats the worse, a couple bucks fro some cheap aftershave.

Excellent idea, but not a cat. I have two, they are dumb. Invite other preditors like owls and hawks to your area. Build nesting boxes, etc.
All sounds like a good weekend project. If the chipmonks don't run the home owners out of house.
;)
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Fred, this is what someone else posted in the forum, it might work in your situation.
I put up a couple big birdhouses with 3-inch holes. This attracts owls and kestrels to the area, something which squirrels & chipmunks don't find very amusing. The squirrels will use boxes with 2-2.5 inch diameter holes, but around here they stay away from the 3-inch ones. Birdhouses with 2-inch diameters must have a steel-plate around the hole or else the squirrel will widen it to their own dimensions (usually pregnancy dimensions, meaning more squirrels). Animals seem to know that a hole that's too big is a sign something bigger can come in after them. In fact, I've been working on building a barred owl nestbox, but that is a biggie (2.5 feet deep and 12"x12" base with a 7" entrance hole). I would just barely have enough wood.
To be honest, the pellet gun is what works best. Usually I get 30-40 a year, and there's always just as many to fill the void. With a squirrel it's less effective, but a properly sighted scope is very effective with chipmunks.
Dan
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