While picking up after breakfast this morning I watched as a frightened
chipmunk ran across my dining room floor into a little crack by the
dishwasher. Few minutes later he ran into the living room under my hubby's
chair. Upon further investigation I find he has been burrowing in my 6 foot
tall corn plant. There is black dirt all over the light green carpeting.
Not sure what to use to get rid of him. Hate to hurt him, but also hate to
have him tear my house up.
Buy a HavAHart trap( I believe that's the way it's spelled). It's a live
trap. We got one when we had desert chipmunks come into our back yard and
set up residence. We relocated them, but either there were more, or they
found their way back. After weeks of trapping and ongoing aggravation, we
just bought rat traps, and within a few days, the problem was solved.
Rodents are cute. They also carry fatal diseases, bubonic plague and
hantavirus for a couple. They dig everywhere, scatter stuff, chew up stuff,
and defecate and urinate wherever the urge hits them. Treat them as you
will, but recognize them for what they are ........... disease carrying
There are some Havahart traps, as Steve suggested.
Before buying one, check with your local animal shelter or Humane Shelter
(or even Alley Cat Allies, if you have a local chapter). They will often
let you borrow a trap. Whether you buy or borrow, make sure they know it is
for a chipmunk because these traps come in a wide variety of sizes.
Check with people at your local animal shelter. They are usually good
sources of information for questions like this. I would *guess* (but it's
only a guess) that almost any food item would do. Based on what I see our
squirrels head for, I think I would start with sunflower seed and grains.
As an addendum to this thread, I suggest that you also take steps to keep
other chipmunks *out.* After all, if one can get in, others may follow --
and you might *already* have a family residing in your home. I have never
had chippies in my house. However, I grew up in a very old frame home in
Ohio, and for some time we had problems with field mice coming indoors. We
went all over the house and looked for any cracks and crevices (even tiny
ones). We would plug them completely with steel wool. That eventually
worked, and it is the *only* thing that really worked for us. Look,
especially, for openings around drain pipes or under doors. If you keep
your windows, check the screens to make sure they are secure. In the
meantime (while you wait to trap your little guest), place all grains,
cereals, and flour items in secure containers (or even in the refrigerator
or freezer). In fact, I would do the same thing for anything edible that is
not in a tin can or very sturdy plastic container (for example, anything
stored in plastic bags). Otherwise, you may find a little hold chewed in
the back of one of those packages. Rodents can literally "sniff out" edible
products that we would think are safe. Once you catch the little chippie in
a HavAHart trap, keep it set for awhile because it is likely that there may
be more to come.
Good luck! Chippies are really cute, but they can also be very destructive
in a house.
Years ago one entered our home thru a open door I guess, had propped
open bringing in groceries.
He was SCARED, I put a coffee can in the corner he was trying to hide
in, he went in I put lid on can FAST, had gloves on, and released him
I think they are cute:)
Next time he goes in there, put a brick over the hole**, take the
plant outside, bprrow a convertible and go 10 miles away, lift up the
brick, ring the triangle to tell him dinner is ready, and he'll be
out of your hair. If the triangle doesn't work, pour a gallon of
water down the hole.
**Or a big sock with a brick over that.
Have-a-heart trap. You catch them alive. Take them far away from your
house and let out into the woods.
Maybe you can borrow a trap from your town hall. I'd suggest you clean the
trap real well, since you have to bring it inside.
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