Any good advice on getting rid of chipmunks who've
apparently decided to take up residence in a wall of our
home? i know I could use mouse poison, antifreeze, all
sorts of things, but I'd rather not kill them, just make
them go elsewhere.
I've found where they're going in and out, and thought
about just plugging it, but if they're inside, then they
will either die eventually and stink, or chew a new access
hole to get out, which kind of defeats my purpsose either
I'd prefer to just force them to move on. Anyone know the
best way? Can't trap them; tried. They're too smart I
guess. Even tried cashews and peanut butter to en tice
them into it! All I caught were two mourning doves.
We're also in the country so no problem with them finding
somewhere else to go.
I am surprised you haven't had any luck catching them. We started having
squirrels get into our house about 5 years ago and that was really a mess. I
put out squirrel cages with pecans everyday but all I could catch were our
family of chipmunks that live under our back patio. Everytime I looked out
at the cage I saw another chipmunk in there. I ended up calling critter
ridders and they did the job after pulling $400 out of my pocket.
Unless you get rid of the whole family they and the babies will dig
there way back in even if you seal the entrance. Ive sealed one entrance
15 times with gravel , they just dig a new one nearby. They will even
eat through your wood, even a 4x4 to get in. It is happening to me 4x4
eaten through. . Trap or poison. Unless you want to nock holes in all
your walls and put in mothballs, they will get in and move to a new
wall. Flying squirrels are common , nocturnal and also do this, you
dont see them, they are out at night but they crawl around noisly at
night in walls. Im past traps and mothballs and ultrasonic and cats an
on to poison in the holes, 4 yrs of fighting nice and no more. They are
determined, after all it is their wall, not yours. they were there
first. Try traps. Maybe you will be lucky and not catch squirrels cats
and Skunks, but poison works and they will die outside.
You've got to use a very small box trap. And I've been most
successful using walnuts with a commercial lure called 'Pecan
Surprise.' I use the lure to stick a walnut to the trap pan.
Put the trap near the chipmunk burrow entrance in a spot where
it is sheltered by vegetation -- not out in the open. The hardest
one to trap is the first one. Once you've had an animal in the trap
it gets easier.
Pat K. ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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