Virginia has years of experience with gardening and wild pests in New Hampshire, Kansas, Australia, and other locales.
Trying Out a New Live Capture Chipmunk Trap
When chipmunks burrow under your steps causing them to become unsafe or when they chew on the wiring in your car engine, you start searching for solutions. I needed a way to get rid of the little creatures and hoped for a humane way. Here's my latest fix for people plagued by chipmunks.
Recently, I saw an ad for the Easy Chipmunk Trap devised by Olson Products Inc. in Medina, Ohio. I liked the description: "Easiest chipmunk trap to use." It promised that it had no snapping spring and would not harm children, pets or chipmunks. As a live capture trap, it sounded great for catching and releasing the little pests without harming them.
Researching the Easy Chipmunk Trap
When I first heard about the new live capture trap made by a company in Ohio, I went searching for reviews on it. The name is easy to remember, as it is the Easy Chipmunk Trap.
There were some helpful comments on Amazon. It had over 100 reviews, mostly 4 stars. Pretty good, then. I noticed right away that the price for a package of two was much less than buying a single Havahart trap and quite a bit cheaper than the Chipmunkinator trap. You can read my comparison test of those two traps.
There were some good suggestions from the people who had used the traps. Several said to place a brick or lean something over the trap so the chipmunk inside it couldn't tip it over. If they flip the trap over, then the hinged doors fall open releasing the animal prematurely.
Another suggestion was to place the trap with the chipmunk inside in a larger box while transporting it to another location for release. The idea is that you don't want it jostling around in the car and accidentally releasing the critter into your vehicle.
My New Trap Is Here!
When the package arrived from Amazon, I was excited to see it. When I opened it, I was surprised at how slim each trap was. Just the right size for a chipmunk. That's good, as in my larger Havahart and Chipmunkinator traps, I'd accidentally caught young skunks. That was not an experience I wanted to have again.
The design of the trap is quite efficient. It's just long enough for the chipmunk to enter. To give it stability and avoid tip-overs, the base is wider than the squared tube of clear plastic. It's easy to see inside to see if you've trapped your critter.
Have You Tried a Chipmunk Trap?
Easy Release Method for a Trapped Chipmunk
The entry doors are a simple metal flap, quite lightweight. The chipmunk noses the flap open to enter for the seeds. The door only opens inward, so it can't exit.
When you are ready to release it, turn the trap over and the metal flap falls inward allowing the chipmunk to escape.
The Trap Is Available from Amazon
Check the trap daily, as a chipmunk won't last more than 24 hours trapped in the small space without water. If you are having a heatwave, check it more often.
Instructions on the Package
Steps for Using the Easy Chipmunk Trap
These are from the package.
- Bait trap by spreading birdseed or whatever chipmunks are eating inside the trap.
- Place trap lengthwise along a wall where you see activity.
- Check the trap daily. Chipmunks will die if left in the trap more than 24 hours.
- Release a chipmunk by tipping the trap upside down whereupon the doors will open.
- Dispose of dead chipmunks in the trash.
- The trap may be cleaned by running water, from a faucet, through the trap or washing it in a bucket.
- Rebait the trap and it is ready to reuse.
Bait for the Chipmunk Trap
|Type of Bait||Appeal||Comments|
Recommended on the package
Chipmunks love it
A little messy inside the trap
A Chipmunk with a Strawberry Stolen from My Garden
My Record in Using This Trap
July 19, 2016 - Set the traps out for the first time. Baited them with sunflower seeds. No chipmunk today.
July 20, 2016 - Last night, I turned the trap upside down so the door flaps fell open. That way nothing would get into it overnight. This morning, I noticed the sunflower seeds were still in there, even though the trap was wide open.
July 21, 2016 - no chipmunk today. I have both of my Havahart traps set as well (one by the woodpile and one by an old stump where there are several chipmunk holes).
July 22, 2016 - I'd added some other seeds to go with the sunflower in case my chipmunks were choosy. No chipmunks in any of the traps today.
July 23, 2016 - Again, no chipmunks in any traps and none sighted around the yard in the past week.
July 24, 2016 - I'm speculating that my efforts at chipmunk removal in June and early July depleted the population to zero in our yard. That is the probable reason for no captures this week.
July 25, 2016 - I'm keeping the traps (both kinds) in place. Usually in mid to late August, I start seeing chipmunk activity again. I assume that my chipmunkless yard attracts young chipmunks looking for new territory to settle in for the winter. I won't update further until I get a capture.
August - well, a whole month went by without spotting or capturing any chipmunks. It has been a very dry summer. We cleared out 11 chipmunks in the spring, so no new ones have moved into that territory yet. Usually, in the fall they become very active, so I expect some captures in September.
September 5, 2016 - I've noticed a new chipmunk-sized hole at the base of a mossy stump. The traps are set and ready. We'll see how long it takes to capture one.
(more to come, so check back to see the results)
More Advice from the Reviews on Amazon
- Place a brick or firelog across the trap to prevent chipmunks tipping the trap over and escaping after they are inside.
- Less bait seems to work better than lots of seeds.
- To release the animal, turn the trap upside down on the ground and stand back.
- One person drilled a 1/4" hole in the flared edge and used a long metal rod pushed into the ground to keep the lightweight tube from tipping over.
I had great fun reading everyone's reviews and their adventures in try to capture the chipmunks. There are many desperate homeowners out there in daily battle with the chipmunk hordes.
© 2016 Virginia Allain
What Kinds of Problems Are You Having with Chipmunks?
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 20, 2016:
Many people think they have one very active chipmunk. The reality is very often that there are dozens. Last year, I removed 32 chipmunks from my yard. Of course, even when those are removed, new ones move into the territory.
Karen Hellier from Georgia on July 19, 2016:
Fortunately I have never had a need for a chipmunk trap. Usually I only see chipmunks run through my yard and disappear. This trap seems pretty humane though and I am all for that!
Char Milbrett from Minnesota on July 19, 2016:
I'm tempted to start a grand scale chipmunk relocation program, starting with the 400 chipmunks that frequent my yard. :)