Chipmunks are Cute, But Not When They Are Burrowing on your Property

| 2/16/2018 10:49:00 AM

Tags: wildlife, chipmunks, Elizabeth Gatto,

Chipmunk eating 

If you have chipmunks coming onto your land, chances are they are eating from your garden or burrowing in areas that can cause damage to your home and property.  They are attracted by food such as seeds, flower bulbs, fruit, and vegetables and since you take pride in these items on your property, we have some suggestions for how you can prevent chipmunks from making them their next meal. 

The first deterrent we will discuss is a bird decoy.  Large birds overhead will often scare them away, especially owls, hawks, and eagles. So, you may find that you have some success with decoys. These are plastic versions of the animal itself, come in a variety of animal forms and can be placed on the roof. When the chipmunk captures a glimpse of these decoy-predators, they could believe they are about to get hunted and scamper off. What is not so good here is that they will often scamper off back below ground level, which doesn't really help you to get rid of them at all. Now they're just underground, waiting for the predator - the decoy - to go away and when they pop up to see if it’s gone, they will burrow back down again.  Therefore, these are not very effective.

The next method is purchasing a wildlife eviction fluid such as raccoon eviction fluid.  It comes in various forms, but in the case of chipmunks, usually contains the urine and other gland secretions of various wildlife that would normally be a predator for the chipmunk. Foxes, coyote, and bobcats are all used for this, and it can have a certain degree of success, but usually only when the chipmunk is female and believes her youngsters are in danger. Again, these creatures are above-ground predators, and all the time the chipmunk is below ground, it is relatively safe.

By far, the most effective solution when it comes to getting rid of chipmunks, as well as a whole host of other nuisance wildlife, is to remove the food that attracted them in the first place. For chipmunks, as well as a raccoons and opossums, it could be a bird feeder. You can easily remove the seeds from your birdfeeder, and see if they move on.  However, if they are going after your flower bulbs or your vegetable garden, you cannot easily dig up your plants and move them indoors. 

But in the Garden...

If they are eating your plants, a protective barrier is the best chipmunk prevention approach to take.  Mesh wiring is made out of a durable metal, and it provides the perfect barrier for various wild critters, as long as you make sure the holes between the wires aren't too big. If they are too large, the chipmunk can just scoot right through them.  Smaller mesh wiring and chicken wire is not so easy to fit through, and it won't be easy to chew through either.

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