Chipmunks, squirrels, rats, mice, they are all rodents and the methods used to trap them are quite the same. However, we can’t compare rats with chipmunks, because the first are a real danger for human’s health while chipmunks are just damaging your yard and house.
Seriously, chipmunks can be extremely destructive to your garden because they are omnivores and can eat everything from insects to plants. In addition, they make their hiding place near your house and through their digging process can destabilize the foundation.
Good-to-know: I don’t want to look like a health maniac but chipmunks can also be dangerous for our health. In case one chipmunk has been bitten by a tick they instantly become a disease carrier. So, it’s better to prevent than taking this risk.
I know, they are cute but we cannot keep it! This is what my son told me after hearing my husband and I planning on sending these cute rodents away from our property.
But, leaving the drama behind, we came with some humane and super effective methods in sending chipmunks away from our property. As a matter of fact these methods seem to be very effective for squirrels too, since a caged one!
Trap and Release
This is the safe and most humane method anyone can use to get rid of rodents, especially on chipmunks and squirrels. Cage it and then release it in the wildlife.
Trap Anything has the best humane trap for chipmunks.
Another option, actually the one we’ve try it, is to buy a wired mesh cage on Amazon so the chipmunk won’t escape. Place where you see chipmunk activity and put peanut butter bait inside. Then, you must check the trap often and release the animal into the wild.
The most used chipmunk repellent is cayenne pepper which you can sprinkle it around your fence and all around your yard. It seems that chipmunks can’t stand the smell of it and run off.
Another option is to use predator urine to frighten them away. Apply alongside the fence and house foundation.
The only inconvenience of these repellents is that you have to apply them often, especially after a rainy day. Well, not so often, because the chipmunk or squirrel will get tired at some point in finding food on your property. It will go elsewhere to bother other neighbor.
Homemade Repellent – this recipe is given by my neighbor
Just mix together 1 teaspoon of Lysol with 3 ounces of Epsom salt and 1 gallon of water. Use it by pouring it throughout the yard and around the house and porch.