How to Get Rid of Chipmunks – 7 Simple Solutions

Feb 7, 2013 by


how to get rid of chipmunksChipmunks love seeds and digging up bulbs out of your garden. In the early spring, they can also be very noisy. If chipmunks are ruining your life, you need to learn how to get rid of chipmunks once and for all. This article talks about proven methods that help you with your chipmunk problem, and encourage them to leave. If one of the solutions will work for your garden or lawn, please ‘like‘ our article on Facebook or twitter. If you have tried a solution that isn’t mentioned here, please add it as a comment on the bottom of this page to help others. Our goal is to continually update this page to provide the best information on how to get rid of chipmunks.

Solution 1 – Help Eliminate their Natural Source of Food

Try to clean up your lawn or garden so there is not so much food for local chipmunks to enjoy. Finding food is a great motivator. With any luck, they will simply move into your neighbor’s backyard instead of yours. Do not feed them, or they might never leave.

getting rid of chipmunksSolution 2 – Using Natural Predators

Get a cat, preferably one that isn’t spayed yet. They are natural predators to chipmunks. The chipmunks will either relocate or get eaten by a cat. The only downside to this method is that you are trading chipmunks for a cat. If you like cats, that’s not a downside at all.


Solution 3 – Set a Trap for Chipmunks

Create a trap. This can easily be done by using a box and a stick attached to the other end. Put your bait in the box. Once the chipmunk gets attracted to the bait, hold the cord, and trap your chipmunk under the box. This trap works best when you also have a box as your base, simply turn it over, and figure the chipmunk’s chewing location. This trap is nice and will not kill them. You only have to be careful to move them to a new location, before they eat their way out of the box.

Solution 4 – How to Get Rid of Chipmunks in My Yard By Setting a Snare

Getting rid of chipmunks can be fun. Create a simple rope snare using a limber tree, some twine and a couple of small sticks. This is something you learn how to do in wilderness survival or on a camping trip. It works just like a mousetrap. You want to start by tying one end of the rope to the top of a small, limber tree. Then, you want to make a slip knot on the other end of the twine. After that, lay small sticks in a circle, and your twine around the edges. Using trail mix or pumpkin seeds as bait, lure the chipmunk into the snare. When the chipmunk starts to eat the food, the trap will release, and you will be able to cut the rope, and trap the chipmunk. Not only is this an effective way to catch a chipmunk, but it is also a lot of fun!

Below is a great video on how to set up a basic snare trap. Check it out!

Solution 5 – How to Get Rid of Chipmunks Using Poisons

Use poison or moth balls around garden plants. This can make your chipmunks sick and might even kill them. A lot of people like this method because they don’t have to deal with moving the chipmunk to a different location. It is effective, as long as the chipmunk takes the bait. You can find chipmunk poisoning at most lawn and garden stores. Sometimes you can mix real food, like trail mix and sunflower seeds, to the poison to make it more enticing.

Solution 6 – Send Them a Message

Find out where the chipmunks live. Cover up their borough so they can no longer return to their home. A lot of times, chipmunks would get the idea that they’re not wanted, and they will move to somewhere they feel is more safe. This is a good way to get them out of your lawn. Unfortunately, they usually don’t go very far away, so they might still be a threat to your garden.

Solution 7 – Call the Exterminator

If you tried to set up traps, snares, and poisons, and nothing else has worked, maybe it is time to call a pest exterminator. The upside is they are professionals at getting rid of chipmunks and get paid for results. The downside is pest control for chipmunks can be very expensive and will cost anywhere from $200-$800.

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