How to Get Rid of Chipmunks

Have you seen those cute chipmunks scurrying across your yard but are also a nuisance at the same time? Chipmunks are small rodents that can become a nuisance to homeowners who don’t want their homes chewed on by these cute creatures. They can quickly chew on your wires and jeopardize the safety of your home. The best way to prevent them from entering your yard is to eliminate potential food sources and shelter not just around the house but also around their habitat.

These animals also carry diseases that threaten humans and pets, so it is best to get rid of them quickly!

Today we will go over steps on how to get rid of chipmunks.

Keep away the very thing that brought them

You already know that chipmunks love to eat nuts and seeds, but not all of us can stand to see our once green and lush yards turn into a beige color because it is covered in shells. Although you may want to take out your frustration on these cute creatures by smashing their little heads in, resist the urge and keep those shells out of their reach. The fewer food sources they have, the fewer chances there are for them to enter your home or yard. Suppose you live near a park or a forested area. In that case, you will want to check with a local preservation group on any preservation ordinances that might prohibit clear-cutting and tree removal on your property.

Keep your home clear of any hiding spots

These tiny creatures love to make their homes inside rock walls, logs, woodpiles, and even in mulch! Chipmunks can fit into very small crevices that may seem impossible for them to squeeze themselves through. Remember, they are rodents, so the parts of their bodies where their legs connect to are very close together. If you have any piling or piling structure on your property, you will want to move it at least 10 feet away from your house and any trees that may provide food and shelter for these animals.

Keep your yard clean of any clutter that might contain potential shelter for these pests.

Don’t leave any food sources adjacent to your home

Chipmunks are scavengers and will eat almost anything. Keep your trash cans always sealed, don’t leave pet food outside, and clean up after yourself when cooking outdoors. Chipmunks love pet food and will eat your dog’s or cat’s leftovers in a heartbeat.

An easy way to get rid of chipmunks is by cleaning up after yourself, so they have no reason to return.

Pepper up your garden

Chipmunks love to munch on their veggies but can’t stand chili pepper. You can use chili pepper or cayenne pepper in the garden surrounding your house to prevent them from entering it in the first place. Sprinkle it around the yard, and anywhere they might enter. You can also plant rosemary or sage, which chipmunks hate because of their strong scent.

A few spices sprinkled along the exterior of your garden will not harm and will keep these pesky rodents away. Read our article on How to Get Rid of Rodents Humanely?.

Keep an eye out for nests

These creatures are great at building their homes quickly. If you notice small holes on the exterior of your house, this is a sign that these animals have taken up residence in your yard. If you see grates or vents on the exterior of your home, check to make sure there aren’t any nests inside. 

You can also keep an eye out for fresh dirt piles that don’t seem natural around your yard. Chipmunks need a lot of room to run around and play, especially when they are young. If you find a lot of dirt piled up with small paw prints running in different directions, this is a good sign that there might be a chipmunk nest nearby with its little ones inside waiting to come out and play!

Once you find one of their nests or freshly dug ground, address the problem by blocking off any openings to prevent them from getting back inside.

Use deterrents for chipmunks

Chipmunks are smart, but they still have brains the size of their little cheeks. When all else fails, there are products out there that you can buy at your local garden center or hardware store to keep these pesky pests away from your house. There are two types of chipmunk deterrents: physical and chemical.

Both work equally, but it is up to you to decide which kind will work best for your situation.

  • Physical deterrents such as specially designed plastic disks that spin when touched, ultrasonic sound-emitting devices, and pinwheels spinning in the wind signal these creatures that something they shouldn’t be touching is in the area. 
  • Chemical deterrents work by sending out strong odors that will keep chipmunks away by making it seem like they are in the presence of another chipmunk.

Put up a barricade

Chipmunks are burrowers, so they like to make their homes underground. Putting up a metal fence is the best way to stop these creatures from entering your yard; simply bury it about 12 inches down and 3 inches away from your home’s foundation. If you have a rock wall in your yard, then putting metal mesh on its bottom will also keep them out. Make sure the barrier is flush against the ground and firmly secure it to the ground by securing it with stakes or heavy rocks. It would also be best to put up this barricade before chipmunks begin burrowing into their homes because once they start, it will be harder for them to get out.

You can also spray foam insulation on areas where you have seen chipmunks digging.

Use mouse traps and tunnel traps

If chipmunks are tunneling into your yard or home, then you’re going to want to find the entrance of their tunnels and use a mouse/tunnel trap. These can be bought at pretty much any big box hardware store or garden center. When you catch a chipmunk, take it at least a mile away from your home to release it. Unfortunately, these traps may need to be used more than once because other chipmunks will see the tunnels and try to use them themselves after a while.

Get rid of their habitat

Chipmunks will not only eat the nuts and seeds you leave out in your yard, but they will also live there! If you have a wooded area on your property and want to get rid of them before they become an issue, simply cut down all trees and brush around your home, leaving the only open ground. Chipmunks are small creatures that need a dark, safe place to live, so they will travel far away from your home if all the trees are gone.

If you are having issues with chipmunks in or around your yard, be sure to check out the many preventative measures above to keep them away from your home. If you have tried everything and they continue to burrow into your yard or garden, then it is a good idea to call in professionals that can help deal with these pests.

Know when to call in professionals

If you have tried everything and still can’t get rid of these little beasts, then it is time to call in professionals. Fortunately, finding a professional that will deal with chipmunks isn’t too difficult, and they usually know exactly where the pests are coming from and how to stop them. If you have tried everything and still can’t get rid of these pesky creatures yourself, then it is a good idea to call in professionals that know how to deal with them.

Conclusion

Chipmunks can be a nuisance when they start to invade your home and yard. As adorable as they are, they can wreak havoc in your yard and ruin the entire look of it. There are many ways to get rid of them humanely, but some may require the help of professionals that know how to deal with them. Chipmunks are small creatures that can easily invade your property if precautions aren’t taken. If you have tried everything and still can’t get rid of them after they have invaded your garden or yard, then it is time to call professionals that know how to deal with these pests.

FAQ’s

Do Chipmunks bite?

These creatures aren’t aggressive towards humans; however, they can bite or scratch if they do feel threatened.

Do Chipmunks make good pets?

No, it is illegal to own one in most parts of the USA unless you have a special permit.

What do Chipmunks eat?

These creatures will eat almost anything from seeds and nuts to insects, reptiles, and small mammals. Chipmunks are omnivores.

Why do chipmunks enter houses and yards?

Chipmunks are looking for food and shelter. If you don’t want them in your yard or garden, then make sure that they don’t have anything to eat there and keep brush/trees trimmed back. This will make it harder for them to get close to your home.

How do you get rid of Chipmunks?

Several measures can be taken to keep these creatures out of your yard and away from your home. Live traps can be used, or you can purchase mouse/tunnel traps to catch them, but after a while, these traps may need to be used more than once because other chipmunks will see the tunnels and try to use them themselves.

If chipmunks are tunnelling into your yard or home, it is a good idea to cut down all trees and dense brush around your home, leaving the only open ground. If you see chipmunks in or around your yard, it is good to call in professionals who know how to deal with these creatures.

Where do chipmunks come from?

Chipmunks are most active during the day and will burrow into your yard if they see an easy source of food there. If you have a wooded area on your property, it is good to cut down and trim back brush and trees to make it harder for them to enter your yard. You will find a lot of chipmunks in most parts of the USA.

How do you kill a Chipmunk?

Chipmunks can be killed with traps or poison baits. It is usually more humane to trap them and release them in the wild rather than killing them outright.

Do Chipmunks carry diseases?

Yes, chipmunks can carry diseases. The most common diseases they are known for carrying are plague, salmonella, and hantavirus. 

Do Chipmunks come out during the day?

Chipmunks are nocturnal creatures that come out at night-time or early dawn periods. In the summer months, their activity is extended throughout the day too. But, during the winter months, they are only most active in the early morning and evening.

See also: How to Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard

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Rostislav Shetman is the founder of 9Kilo Moving. He has been in the moving and relocation industry for more than 25 years, making him an expert in his field. Rostislav started as a helper, dispatcher and driver and has worked his way up to owning his own company. He takes great pride in his work and enjoys helping people relocate across the United States of America. When he's not working, Rostislav enjoys spending time with his family and friends. They are the light of his life and bring him happiness every day.