I've apparently got Alvin and the Chipmunks nesting in my garage, behind my
immovable workbench. Anyway to encourage them to move on, short of getting
a cat? I've been leaving the overhead door open but they aren't leaving.
Yesterday I had it closed and they attacked the door! It's a fiberglass
door with the styrofoam center, and I came home to find a hole the size of a
softball from the interior and popcorn stuffing all over the garage.
Any home remedies would be appreciated!
If there are babies in the nest, and you close off their entrance to the
garage, mom will do anything to break back in.
They call them rat traps. They work well. Last summer my parents caught 32
chipmunks. So far this spring they've caught five.
Here is Brooklyn my problem is squirrels digging up the window boxes. I'm
now putting chicken wire over all the dirt. I know one fellow here that
traps the squirrels and then takes them up to the park. He has a car to
transport them in. I'd have to carry the cages covered with a cloth and
hope no one figures out what I'm doing.
Don <www.donwiss.com> (e-mail link at home page bottom).
Don Wiss, Confidential Squirrel Courier, starring....
We found an infant squirrel on the sidewalk at the Cloisters, being
attacked by bees.
I think my girlfriend took it to the vet, and I know she gave it a
cloth soaked in milk. But when I was at her place a couple days
later, it died.
We buried in in Washington Square Park, next to a bush, where no one
was looking. (Then NE corner is pretty quiet.)
I have a similar problem with squirrels digging up the potted plants on the
deck. I sprinkle cayenne (hot red) pepper powder liberally on the soil
surface, and that seems to discourage them. I buy the cayenne in the food
section of chain drugstores like CVS, where it's cheaper than the grocery
No suggestions for the chipmunk problems--we have them burrowing under our
front lawn and would love to get rid of them without killing them.
I must have spice-loving squirrels in my neck of the woods because
that hasn't worked for me. But on spice prices--- those big-box
stores [Sam's, BJ's et al.] sell 1-2 lb containers for about what my
local grocery gets for a couple ounces. Same name brand-- same
Try buying a box of dried blood at a garden center. It's dried cow's
blood. Keeps many critters away.
We use it in the garden to drive away woodchucks and rabbits as well
as squirrils. Might work for chipmunks, worth a try. You have to
reapply after a rain when used outdoors. It's harmless to plants and
actually works as a mild fertilizer.
Make a trap out of a five gallon bucket with about six inches of water in
it. A couple of strips of metal hooked up to a fence shocker works good.
Make one strip a ground, and the other a little higher with the peanut
butter on it. When they make a circuit, they zap and fall into the water
For a simpler approach, thread a tin can on a piece of wire just down from
the lip. Put a couple of strips of lath or sheetmetal out so they can reach
the can. Put peanut butter on the can. When they step out, the can rolls,
and splash. Another way is to sprinkle seed on the top of the water, and
they jump in thinking it's all seed. The seed becomes water soaked quickly,
so you need to replace often.
Check daily, or the little darlings get to smelling really skanky really
Get some rat traps and bait them with peanut butter..they cant resist.
Also works with squirrels..they can do harm,by chewing up your
electric wiring, shorting it out,especially if they get into your
Put a sign in the garage where it's easily seen by the chipmunks.
The sign should read "Warning Trespassers will be Prosecuted".
They should leave immediately after they read the sign. If not, call
the police and have them arrested.
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