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Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by JoeRetire » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:23 pm

Our neighborhood has always had a lot of chipmunks, but this year seems the worst by far. They are digging holes everywhere, and undermining portions of some driveways that now need repair.

Anyone have personal experience with repellents that actually work?

I've done a lot of reading and haven't found anything approaching a consensus. I don't want to put out poison or traps that could kill/injure neighbors' cats. I just want to keep them away from our yard.

Anything work effectively?

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by MadDwag » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:34 pm

Ruger 10/22 + subsonic rounds :sharebeer

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by David Jay » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:40 pm

Chipmunk swimming pool: https://www.trap-anything.com/homemade- ... -trap.html

Several people at work have made one, work great. Cats are safe...

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by AllMostThere » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:05 pm

JoeRetire, I was thinking of asking this same question. I would agree that the Chipmunk population seems to have exploded, particularly around my house. Prior years it was cute to see one on a random basis, but the cuteness has worn off as they are now being destructive and are now a nuisance. On any given day I can see 10X in my front yard! I have co-workers who swear that the swimming pool method is a sure winner. My issue is that I live on a corner lot with many walkers going by at all hours of the day and some may take issue with this swimming pool. Curious if anyone has used the solar yard stakes that emit high pitch noise primarily for mole elimination, with claims they also work for Chipmunks. Hopefully, someone has a tried and true, low maintenance method of driving the Chipmunks away.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by CULater » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:11 pm

Call Uber-Chip. They offer free trips to chipmunks that they can't resist and will all hop aboard and leave your area.
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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by David Jay » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:25 pm

AllMostThere wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:05 pm
...some may take issue with this swimming pool.
I would tell them to remove the chipmunks if they didn’t like my solution. But that’s just me...
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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by jlawrence01 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:28 pm

Capsaicin laced grains and nuts work well. I have used cayenne and chipotle powders.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by TJSI » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:41 pm

I have had great success with a Havahart trap. Trapped 15 chipmunks last year and three this year. None seen for over a month. However, you need to transport the little creatures to another location. Tried various chemicals-- none were effective. Chipmunks can do a lot of damage.


Cats can also be very effective. Neighbor had one and it keep the rodent population under control. Unfortunately, it died and the rodents began to populate. The Havahart works well.


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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by GCD » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:54 pm

10/22 depends on the neighborhood. I once had a pigeon problem. Discharging a firearm inside city limits was a felony. Shooting an airgun was allowed on your own property. Although I had a suppressed 10/22 I used an air rifle.

Just know your legal environment.

Wouldn't those high pitched things also upset dogs? Even if it doesn't set them to howling it seems mean to irritate the neighborhood dogs. Is there a range on them?

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Post by Sandtrap » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:07 pm

MadDwag wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:34 pm
Ruger 10/22 + subsonic rounds :sharebeer
Most rural and county: No firearms discharge within 1/4 mile of inhabited structure.
City Limits: Nope.

Air rifle/pistola . . . okay.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by MP123 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:14 pm

Neighborhood kid with a Red Ryder? Pay a bounty.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by JoeRetire » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:13 am

David Jay wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:40 pm
Chipmunk swimming pool: https://www.trap-anything.com/homemade- ... -trap.html

Several people at work have made one, work great. Cats are safe...
My next door neighbor has one. They kill a few munks.

While it might feel rewarding to drown a few chipmunks, unfortunately that doesn't make much of a dent in the population and won't really keep them away from the gardens.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by Ninnie » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:05 am

We have the same problem. Killing them is illegal where we live. Will cayenne pepper kill or just deter them? Will it harm other wildlife like birds and rabbits?
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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by NotWhoYouThink » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:19 am

Black rat snakes.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by pfrank » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:27 am

The 5-gal bucket and sunflower seed trap works great. It’s simple and effective!

It is illegal in many states (including mine) to relocate wildlife from your property.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by mxs » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:30 am

The chipmunk pool 100% works. I referred to it as the chipper dipper. The hassle is emptying it out each day, so you need some kind of colander to filter out the chipmunks and seeds. Plus it is a little gross to mess with the now dead chipmunks and slimy seeds. I had at most 3 chipmunks at a time in a 5 gallon bucket, but usually just one or two. I think I got 12 one summer, and when none were caught for 2 or 3 days I put it away. After the first 10 or 12, I probably could have set it up one day a week and still got one for a few weeks.

Even if you just see them in your front yard, you probably can set it up in your back yard or side yard and still get them. Setting it up at dusk and cleaning it up at dawn should work and keep the visibility down.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by regularguy455 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:58 am

If you're looking for a humane solution, might want to look at motion sensor sprinklers. It has kept deer and rabbits out of our plants.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by Dottie57 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:01 pm

My mom feeds the chipmunk in the morning every day. He gets two peanuts in the shell. One for each cheek.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by Toons » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:59 pm

Use the same method when catching birds.
Put salt on the chipmunk's tail


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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by wfrobinette » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:11 pm

TJSI wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:41 pm
I have had great success with a Havahart trap. Trapped 15 chipmunks last year and three this year. None seen for over a month. However, you need to transport the little creatures to another location. Tried various chemicals-- none were effective. Chipmunks can do a lot of damage.


Cats can also be very effective. Neighbor had one and it keep the rodent population under control. Unfortunately, it died and the rodents began to populate. The Havahart works well.


TJSI
I prefer Tomahawk traps, much sturdier construction. They are more humane as well. I actually got a 2 rodents in one trap 3x last year. You have to check the traps often as I forgot one day only to find two dead in the trap. Actually caught a juvenile skunk in one of the traps last year. Thankfully it died in the trap.


The problem is with any method is if your neighbors aren't trapping they'll be back on your property pretty quick. It's a never ending game just as getting rid of squirrels is.



If i didn't live in a town the .22 would be my choice. No way am i firing a gun of any caliber (well maybe a good pellet gun) in a neighborhood.

I tried the bucket approach and all I got were mice. Though my real swimming pool got 3 so far this year.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by jebmke » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:18 pm

NotWhoYouThink wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:19 am
Black rat snakes.
Yes; we don't have chippies but we do have field mice. The snakes keep them under control most years. Owls & hawks too. This year a fox had a litter of six under our shed and I haven't seen a mouse since then.
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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by wfrobinette » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:20 pm

pfrank wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:27 am
The 5-gal bucket and sunflower seed trap works great. It’s simple and effective!

It is illegal in many states (including mine) to relocate wildlife from your property.
It's illegal in mine to drown. Only acceptable humane(instant death) kills are legal if they are destroying property.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by JoeRetire » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:24 pm

wfrobinette wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:11 pm
The problem is with any method is if your neighbors aren't trapping they'll be back on your property pretty quick.
That the problem I have. My next door neighbor feeds birds, and of course attracts squirrels and a ton of chipmunks.
My other next door neighbor uses a bucket. They get a few chipmunks that way, but it obviously isn't making a dent in the neighborhood population.

That's the reason I'm looking for a repellent, rather than a trap. I know the munks will be around - I just want them to bypass my yard for greener (tastier?) pastures.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by Sheepdog » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:30 pm

A neighbor's cat runs loose and loves to hunt (and sometimes leaves one on my back deck as a 'present'). He/she has taken care of all of our chipmunks, mice and moles. I mean we used to have major problems with all of those, but for 4 or 5 years, no more.
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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by tesuzuki2002 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:43 pm

MadDwag wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:34 pm
Ruger 10/22 + subsonic rounds :sharebeer
+1 :beer :beer

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by tesuzuki2002 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:45 pm

GCD wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:54 pm
10/22 depends on the neighborhood. I once had a pigeon problem. Discharging a firearm inside city limits was a felony. Shooting an airgun was allowed on your own property. Although I had a suppressed 10/22 I used an air rifle.

Just know your legal environment.

Wouldn't those high pitched things also upset dogs? Even if it doesn't set them to howling it seems mean to irritate the neighborhood dogs. Is there a range on them?

crossbows are another option for in the city.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by Capsu78 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:56 pm

pfrank wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:27 am
It is illegal in many states (including mine) to relocate wildlife from your property.
Yes I used to "relo" to a local forest preserve, until a lawyer friend said "They will go easier on you if you just dump a human body there than relo of a critter!".

I was going to explain what I do now, but didn't want to run afoul of any "persnickety" moderators ;-) , so all I will say is I now take them down to Unicorn Park, where unicorns and fairies escort the critters to the other end of the rainbow!

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by Billcarpenter » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:44 pm

I use the bucket method and have 3 set up on an acre. I'm at 37 for the Spring. It's quiet and effective. Walkers and neighbors don't mind. Just clean it out at dusk.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by bhsince87 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:35 pm

I actually encourage them. I've never seen them do much serious damage, outside of eating bulbs (tulips, etc.)

And they are the best mouse repellent ever!

That being said, a .177 cal pellet gun will take them out humanely.
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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by Atilla » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:25 pm

I'm a big softie. I used to hunt large and small game for food but killing cute little chipmunks I can't do.

So I have a Hav-a-Hart trap I use and haul them off as needed to the park around the hill. As soon as you see destruction you don't like - trap the little bastards and haul them off until they are gone. It works for me.

When I was a young lad I used to sit with my grandfather in his (country farm) yard. He would sit with a glass of whiskey and a .22 pistol. Back in the day he could draw blood from a chipmunk head poking up to a good 40 feet away.
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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by ImaBeginner » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:43 pm

Just toss that block mouse poison deep in their hole. They don’t return for a few months...

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by jlawrence01 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:14 am

Sheepdog wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:30 pm
A neighbor's cat runs loose and loves to hunt (and sometimes leaves one on my back deck as a 'present'). He/she has taken care of all of our chipmunks, mice and moles. I mean we used to have major problems with all of those, but for 4 or 5 years, no more.
You have a good mouser or barn cat there.

For those talking about using a cat to take care of a chipmunk problem, remember that generally, house cats do NOT make good mousers. And good mousers have to be fed even if they are eliminating the problem.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by SagaciousTraveler » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:20 am

I'm losing my battle.

Our neighborhood foxes are gone thanks to a moronic neighbor. The neighborhood cats are either too lazy or overwhelmed. So I'm left with my gardens and driveway getting destroyed by these jerks.

I have tried Rat Traps and actually got one but the 'munks' assembled and alerted everyone. They now steer clear.

I tried the bucket last night/this morning and the 'munks' are laughing and avoiding it. I did not leave it out over night as I didn't want the Raccoon coming up on my patio leaving me nasty gifts.

I'm close to going straight up Caddy Shack here.
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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by lthenderson » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:22 am

Just went through this exercise last fall. Nothing I bought over the counter worked. I ended up killing one with a mole trap but the other one remained elusive. I finally got him with a pellet gun. I haven't had any problems since.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by NotWhoYouThink » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:29 am

Stop by my yard. I know where the rat snakes hide out. We could probably spare one.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by SleepKing » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:51 am

We have used The Chipmunkinator trap. Similar concept to Havahart. Also tried the sunflower seed plank to water bucket, did not work for us.

Try eliminating any wood piles and other areas they may congregate for breeding. Difficult depending on your neighborhood.

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Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Post by Austintatious » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:04 am

Stop by the video store, rent a copy of that timeless classic (at least, in the minds of male adolescents of all ages) Caddyshack, settle in for the evening with pen, paper and popcorn, and take careful notes. The chipmunk solution has got to be in there somewhere. :mrgreen:

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