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bhaney
Chipmunks - Help!

I'm in the Northeast and I have a chipmunk problem in my yard. I seem to have a large den of them. The den has multiple exits and I'm looking for humane suggestions of how I might lure them out so I can relocate them. Any ideas?

petefritz
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I know they have sprays at the local home center/garden center here that repel deer, raccoons and such...I haven't looked closely at the bottle to see if it repels chipmunks, but it may.

Otherwise, do a searh on-line for "chipmunk repellent" and a product called "Shake Away" is available. Never used it, but it says it's all natural.

Hope this helps!

abevers
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You might try shaking some hot pepper (like you put on pizza) near a food source. It will keep them away from bird seed but I don't know if it will make them move.

Janet0684
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Why do you want to get rid of the chipmunks? Do they cause damage? I have them in my yard and they don't seem to be a problem. Maybe they're doing something I don't know about!

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brianwdmn
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Have you tried a cat?

Leslie
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Personally, I love chipmunks and enjoy having them around, but we did cover this a while back in the magazine, in Ask This Old House. Roger Cook suggested a repellent made with coyote or fox urine. If you can't find such a product at a garden center, try predatorpee.com. (We didn't ask how they go about collecting it!) You have to keep it up, too, or they'll just come back.

Chris27
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Maybe chipmunks don't cause a problem outside, but I know that feeling of wondering when your entire yard is going to collapse because it doubles as a chipmunk timeshare... And when weather cools, they WILL look for entry into your house. My problems were greatly reduced in two ways:

1) I cut off all entry to the house - this involved caulking and repairing all area where the wood foundation met the concrete basement wall inside AND OUTSIDE, and

2) Getting a Schipperke - a wonderful dog who loves to chase the buggers. He gets one or two a year, and really prefers to play with them rather than kill them, but he's scared them off for sure.

bhaney
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I'm going to find some repellant with fox / coyote urine and use that.

Update so far... Although the creatures are cute and my 2 year old loves them, my lamp post fell over last week, smashing glass all over my driveway. Under it I discovered yet another opening into that massive den I seem to be hosting. I also have a retaining wall that is at risk. I feel like I'm living Caddyshack!

I'll update everyone on how the repellant works.

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Ducke
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Leslie wrote:

Personally, I love chipmunks and enjoy having them around, but we did cover this a while back in the magazine, in Ask This Old House. Roger Cook suggested a repellent made with coyote or fox urine. If you can't find such a product at a garden center, try predatorpee.com. (We didn't ask how they go about collecting it!) You have to keep it up, too, or they'll just come back.

I love chipmunks too.
I like them done on the BBQ for about five minutes and basted in BBQ sauce.:D

johnL
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In my (unfortunate) experience:

Fox urine does NOT work. They just don't care about it. I haven't had the opportunity to try coyote urine, but I definitely would if I thought it would work. Oh, and you can get this stuff at stores where they sell hunting and fishing gear. But apparently they only carry it around hunting season.

They WILL undermine buildings built on slab foundations. We loved having the little critters around, and thought it was fun finding their little holes. Then a huge windstorm blew an apple tree onto our garage, right on top of the corner where they apparently had a huge den. It drove the wall down and cracked the foundation because the ground underneath wasn't solid anymore. And, at least in my case, insurance doesn't pay for damage caused by earth movement or critters.

Suddenly, they weren't so cute anymore. We found that there are great numbers of web sites with ways to kill them, and decided to try one way. Somebody said that Sweeney's Poison Peanuts are great at getting rid of chipmunks, even thought they're not listed on the label. Unfortunately, that seems to be wrong. I've been using those pellets since early May, and every time I block up their holes to see if they'll reopen them, they do. I've even put peanut butter on the pellets, and they still keep re-opening the holes. So if the pellets are killing them, there must be LOTS of them in there!

Anyway, that's my chipmunk story. I'd love to hear a success story from someone who was able to get rid of them.

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