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Ten Humane Ways to Get Rid of Chipmunks

Virginia has years of experience with gardening and wild pests in Florida, New Hampshire, Kansas, Maryland, Australia, and South Texas.


Chipmunks - Cute But Destructive

If chipmunks are making you crazy, consider these ways to protect your plants and property without actually killing the cute crittters. Maybe they're digging up all your tulip bulbs, nibbling on the strawberries, and making holes all over the yard. Perhaps it's even worse... chipmunks can undermine foundations for patios and homes. Chipmunks can get into attics and chew on wiring.

At first you thought the scurrying, little creature was fun to have around, but changed your mind when you saw the damage it did. If the family is set against killing it, then you need a humane way to prevent the damage. I've hunted high and low for ways to get rid of chipmunks for this kind of situation. Here's what I've found. Take your pick of methods or work your way down the list to get rid of your pesky chipmunk problem in a humane way.

(chipmunk photo by Virginia Allain)


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Scare Them Away - Use an Owl Decoy or a Hawk

A garden owl with a head that swivels and eyes that light up should strike fear into the heart of any chipmunk. Some of these owls use electricity, some use batteries and some use wind power to move their wings. Just click on any owl to see reviews and links to the rest of the owls on Amazon. One should be just what you need for your garden pest problems.

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Use a Scent That Chipmunks Won't Like

Foxes mark out their territory, so if you don't have a real fox, you can mimic one. Chipmunks don't want to hang around where a fox might be looking for a snack (like a tasty chipmunk).

Fox Urine to Drive away Chipmunks

Get a Chipmunk Trap - Trap the Chipmunk and Take It Away (far away)

My favorite story from someone who used this trap was about a chipmunk her cat brought into the house. It set up housekeeping under the refrigerator. (I bet it was enjoying the dry food in the cat's dish)

Anyway, she caught it right away when she got a havahart trap.

Trapped Chipmunk - Ready to Go to a New Home

Captured chipmunk is ready to move to a new territory.

Captured chipmunk is ready to move to a new territory.

Here's an Example of Trapping and Releasing a Chipmunk

Be aware that chipmunks can have diseases such as rabies.

When relocating a chipmunk, travel far enough that you put a major barrier between the release area and your home. This could be a river or a good-sized highway. The strong instincts of the chipmunk are to return to its stash of food.

I find a trap works the best for me. Several of my neighbors use them as well. Baiting it with peanut butter seems to work fine.

Check on eBay. I see some real bargains on there. Just keep checking back if you don't see exactly what you want.

Catch Multiple Chipmunks with a Chipmunkinator

Check out my comparison test pitting the Havahart against the Chipmunkinator. Find out which one is capturing the most pesky chipmunks since the test started.

Go High-Tech to Repel Chipmunks - Deter Them with Ultrasonic Sound

Where Are You Having Problems with Chipmunks? - Vote in the poll

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A New Repellent for Chipmunks - I have no personal experience with this one, so let me know how well it works for you

I used to suggest mothballs

but no longer do. These can be a carcinogen for people and dangerous to small children who might pick one up and eat it.

Try Hot Pepper Wax to Deter Chipmunks

Try the Cat Urine Method to Drive Chipmunks away

Put used kitty litter in the hole where the chipmunks run in and out. If you don't have a cat, maybe a friend can donate some smelly kitty litter. Obviously you wouldn't use this for getting the chipmunks out of your house. This is an outdoor method.

I'm figuring that this works on the same principle as the fox urine. The chipmunks don't want to be around where there are predators like foxes or cats. This is a cheap method to try. If it doesn't work with your particular critters, try one of the other methods offered on this page.

Fill Indoor Holes with Expanding Foam to Keep out Chipmunks

A New Chipmunk Deterrent

I Can't Personally Guarantee All of These Methods for Deterring Chipmunksks

I've tried some myself and have talked to others about methods they've used. I wish you success with the method you select but keep in mind that each situation has different factors affecting it.

If All Else Fails, Try Applying Some Humor to Your Situation

Buy this postcard from Zazzle and post it around the yard.

Questions and Answers about Chipmunks

Ask your question in the comment section at the end of this page. I'll try to find the answer for you.

Check Out These Issues and My Suggested Solutions

  • Laura Apr 19, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    We filled a hole in our sunroom with the foam, but he/she chewed right through it. It took a couple days (and we would hear it crunching and gnawing on it), but there it was this morning at 7:00 scurrying through the dining room and out into the kitchen . . . it's either behind the fridge or went under the door to the basement. I had to leave for work, but I got my husband up and he brought the Havahart into the kitchen. I haven't heard from him so don't know if he caught it. I told him this time to stuff the hole with steel mesh or steel wool or screening.

    vallain Apr 19, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    Wow, I may have to switch to the steel mesh then. It must have really wanted into your house. The Haveahart should do the trick and take him far, far away.

  • ernaldo Jun 14, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    A couple years ago I had a family in my walls. They chewed a hole in my baseboard and moved in, chewing everything, and doing their business. In the spring, I started trapping and by July relocated over THIRTY! Repaired the entrance hole and later that year they started appearing again, so I started trapping again. I lost my patience with the little rats, now I try to trap, but if I see one pass it, I just shoot it. I gave up on squirrels as well...I see one and bang, gone. They usually die when they're moved anyway, so why waste the gas?

    vallain Jun 14, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Wow, you have an extreme case, but as you point out, you never know how many you are dealing with. Check out my other page on Chipmunks - the Final Solution for a wider range of traps.

  • Stacy Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    I have a chipmunk in my kitchen, it is obviously getting in and out, probably doesn't help that the basement is a dirt partial, the neighborhood cats have been surrounding my house for months now and I just found out why. My goldfish disappeared a month ago and we had no clue what happened to it till now....not too thrilled.

    vallain Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    I've never heard of a chipmunk going after a goldfish. Maybe it would, because they do eat insects. Mostly they eat nuts and berries. I recommend you get a Havahart trap right away and put peanut butter on the lever.

  • Marie from Vermont Sep 05, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    My car engine light came on so I went to the auto dealer. He discovered that they built a nest near my engine and chewed some wires. It was in the shop for 4 days and cost me a lot of money to get it fixed.

    The next day I saw one sitting on my back wheel. I opened the hood and discovered they were building a new nest. Their food souse is acorns from my BIG Oak Tree. Which would cost me lots of $$ to cut down. I've tried the granular stuff but I would see them eating it. I have heard from a few people to try peppermint oil/leaves . Has anyone ever tried that ? Does anyone know where I can buy some ? Please help!! M from Vermont.

    vallain Sep 05, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    Marie, I really recommend you get a trap and put peanut butter on it. Look around for where you see acorn shells (their eating place). Put the trap close to that.

Chipmunk Crossing Sign

Which Humane Method for Getting Rid of Chipmunks Sounds Best to You?

I try to switch around so it keeps the chipmunks guessing.

Resources to Get Rid of a Variety of Rodents and Animal Pests - Groundhogs, Rats, Snakes, Raccoons

What Problems Are You Having with Chipmunks?

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on September 26, 2015:

There usually is more than one. We caught 32 this summer at our cottage. That was using the Havahart trap. Good luck.

Caroline on September 25, 2015:

I have a chipmunk I named him Henry but I'm not liking Henry so much these days found out that he chewed through the drywall in my garage and tunnel through the drywall I have holes everywhere in my yard so now it's time for Henry to go and reading all of the comments I pray to God that I don't have an infestation of them I'm going to try to trap them if that doesn't work I'm going to try the cat litter

hdcranston on July 15, 2014:

In house behind stove

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 07, 2014:

@grayman1: Maybe let nature take its course and turn him loose in the yard. That should terrorize them enough to move on.

grayman1 on June 07, 2014:

@Katier0se: Grayman; I have a Yorkie and the little buggers are making him crazy! They come up on the pattio and he goes nuts trying to get at them through the glass sliding doors. Have you solved your problem? I got one of those Owls but that didn't work, I'm going to Shake Away or Fox urine next but I am concern for my little Mojo. The scent may make him go really crazy, Y=Yorkies are bread for hunting these little dudes!!!

Katier0se on May 01, 2014:

I have two problems with chipmunks: They have a hole in my garden, (not a big problem), but they also get under the addition to my house and up inside the siding in one spot. I haven't found them in the attic or in the basement, but it is a concern. The secondary problem is actually almost worse. I have a terrier. If I can't get rid of the chipmunks he will happily destroy my garden trying....

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 21, 2014:

@SusannaDuffy: I like the possums you have in Australia, they look cuddley. Not like the rat-like ones we have in the U.S. Guess they could be a nuisance, eating all the fruit in your garden though.

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on April 20, 2014:

I don't have chipmunks where I live, but possums are deterred by a fake owl or, as I use, old CDs hanging from trees

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 20, 2014:

@Doc_Holliday: Apparently you have never experienced chipmunks in the attic of your house or chewing on the wiring in your car. I'm happy for you.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 12, 2014:

@timothyray-dantin: Sounds like you are getting really frustrated with them.

I have another page called Chipmunks - The Final Solution.

timothyray-dantin on April 12, 2014:

Ifind the pellet gun is the best way to get rid of these little vermin!!!!

Doc_Holliday on March 27, 2014:

As a great fan of Alvin and his mates, I find it hard to see how anyone could find chipmunks to be a nuisance :-)

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on December 02, 2013:

Thanks for all of this great information, I'll be saving this and putting it to good use in the spring.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 30, 2013:

@TracyMae: It's amazing how small an opening they can get through. Try the Havahart trap with some peanut butter on the lever.

TracyMae on November 30, 2013:

We moved into an old farmhouse about a year ago. We've remodeled just about everything to date. Now I keep seeing seeds in odd places (the seeds are from the ends of the "helicopters" that fall from trees). In my drawers, in a bin in the coat closet & now between a stack of sweaters. We have searched & cannot figure out where they/it is getting in & we've not seen any critter yet...but the stowing away of seeds has me thinking chipmunk ???

anonymous on July 31, 2013:

@anonymous: Try putting the bait under the trip peddle. They will bump it trying to get the bait (works with plain roasted peanuts without salt). Or put peanut butter directly on the peddle (messy).

anonymous on July 23, 2013:

@Virginia Allain: I do see them in the yard, but not the garden.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 23, 2013:

@anonymous: If it is a chipmunk, you should see them zipping around the garden and yard. Not seeing them, then likely to be a mole.

anonymous on July 23, 2013:

I have a chipmunk (or mole??) that is digging holes under my vegetables and is ruining my vegetable garden. I have tried several tactics including moth balls. My local gardening centre suggested putting gum in the holes as they will eat it, choke and die. Not really the route I would like to go!

anonymous on July 20, 2013:

Under the grill cover on the grill

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 15, 2013:

@anonymous: It's important to get the right size. The larger Havahart like you would use for a woodchuck won't do for chipmunks.

anonymous on July 15, 2013:

I have a havahart live trap. I keeps getting tripped and the food is gone. It seems like the chipmunks are not heavy enough to trip the door, they go in and out only tripping it sometimes. Have yet to catch one.

FaithHodge1 on July 12, 2013:

This is better than reading a book!~ So many ways to get rid of these little guys. They are so cute but just as devious as they are cute! Thanks for the great ideas and things that are very possible to do.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 09, 2013:

@anonymous: This summer I've caught 3 red squirrels in the Havahart trap. I can recommend that for her situation.

anonymous on July 09, 2013:

We don't have any chipmunks, but my mother would love if some of these methods worked for squirrels :)

Davidfstillwagon on June 29, 2013:

Good lens, we have quite a few of them in the back yard and their holes are everywhere!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 28, 2013:

@anonymous: The same techniques that work for quiet chipmunks should work for those too.

anonymous on June 28, 2013:

What about chirping chipmunks? How do I get rid of them?

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 24, 2013:

@anonymous: They have one batch of babies in the early spring and another in early summer. The young are out of the burrow in 6 weeks. If you trap them and move them in late summer, there shouldn't be any babies. Unfortunately it doesn't leave them much time to stock up food in the new place for winter.

anonymous on June 24, 2013:

OK - I may be too humane, but am worried that little chipmunk BABIES may be in a nest in the wall - so, I don't want to capture MOM and leave the BABIES to starve - any ideas??

anonymous on June 19, 2013:

@anonymous: If you can smell it, yes it will. And cat urine doesn't work either. I use the corn type litter (best with my big maine coon cat) and the chips just feed on the litter - in the box next to the used stuff. I have them in the basement (100+ yr old house with stone walls. I have used a case of expanding foam, steel wool, and am currently using cement in a tube, which they can't burrow, bite or eat. As the cats have killed 6 or so in the last couple of weeks, there must be a new tunnel under somewhere.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 18, 2013:

@anonymous: Interesting behavior. Maybe it wants the fibers for nesting material.

anonymous on June 18, 2013:

Our resident chipmunk(s) are pulling threads out of our outdoor carpeting on our back porch.

Loraine Brummer from Hartington, Nebraska on June 13, 2013:

My problem isn't chipmunks, it's rabbits. I was going to write bunnies, but they don't sound like pests---like chipmunks actually don't sound like pesky critters. Especially when a picture of them makes the chipmunk song come to mind. Who doesn't like Alvin. Nice informative article!!

mariacarbonara on June 07, 2013:

Never had a problem with them, and didn't realise they were such a pain.

anonymous on June 02, 2013:

They have destroyed a wooden retaining wall in my feont yard before i even knew they were there. Now they are bold enough to run right up to me while i am working in the yard!!!!

anonymous on June 02, 2013:

Ha! My cats have brought me in a few live presents. One of the little critters crawled up into the bag with my wedding dress and ate all the beading off the dress.

anonymous on June 02, 2013:

@anonymous: My cat brings his little friends in through his cat door and when tired of playing with them lets them go in the house. When in the house they are fairly easy to catch--herd them into a corner, ease a towel over them, and then encapsulate the critter in the towel. Make sure you either get a hold of the chipmunk firmly or that you have the towel-pocket totally closed around them--they will try to wriggle out. Take the captured munk to a release spot.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on May 30, 2013:

@anonymous: Sure, try all angles.

anonymous on May 30, 2013:

@anonymous: Can I send him a bus ticket?

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on May 21, 2013:

@anonymous: Don't know if it was able to pull the apple over to the side and eat it without going inside the cage or what happened. Put peanut butter on the lever inside the trap. The chipmunk will have to stand on the lever to lick off the peanut butter. Test the door first to see that it triggers OK.

anonymous on May 21, 2013:

my partner took the chipmonk away from the cats in the yard and stupidly brought it into the house (i was not home at the time.) the chipmonk got away and is now in the kitchen. i have set a havahart and although the critter has eaten the apple, the door did not shut.

now what?

it's been sevceral days already...

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on May 16, 2013:

@anonymous: I'd be iffy about the fox urine there. If you don't mind more drastic measures, I'd recommend the rat zapper. If you want to stay humane, try the U Scram Chipmunk Deterrent. It is supposed to have a milder smell.

anonymous on May 16, 2013:

Problem with them getting into crawlspace. Can I put the fox urine in there or will it smell up the house?

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on April 25, 2013:

We don't have chipmunk problems in AZ but I remember them well from when I loved up North.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 23, 2013:

@chuckholmes301: They do have a strong homing instinct.

chuckholmes301 on April 23, 2013:

We just kill them. Otherwise they come back.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 09, 2013:

@anonymous: Oh, Eve, I'm sorry you are having such a hard time. It sounds like drastic methods are called for here.

anonymous on April 09, 2013:

I love watching them but they have tunneled under the house into the crawl space, tore open a heat duct, stored seed in it and have moved into the attic. They have to go. I'm going to try the used kitty litter first but whatever works. Probably the have a heart trap. I'll have to quit feeding the birds for a while.

going to try the kitty litter

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 08, 2013:

@anonymous: Hmm, may not be too humane but guess it is natural for a cat to hunt small rodents.

anonymous on April 08, 2013:

My cat is to chipmunks what Genghis Khan was to Asia: a scourge of death and destruction. At the peak of summer he'll bring in 5+ a day...every day. I'll rent him to anyone with chipmunk problems. You gotta give him water, food he manages for himself :)

anonymous on March 11, 2013:

They are (and have been for years) tunneling under my walkway which concerns my husband. I on the other hand have not had any issues with them in the house at all and don't mind them eating some of the birdseed, so the cat and I enjoy watching them out of the window.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on March 04, 2013:

@anonymous: I think placing a haveahart trap close by with some peanut butter on the trigger might take care of your problem. The chipmunk really needs a new territory (hopefully one without window wells).

anonymous on March 04, 2013:

A chipmunk is nesting in the soil near a window well under a bay window. the window well was filled with soil and would fill with water in heavy rains and flood my basement. I dug out the soil and it solved the problem for I time. However soil began to reappear after a time, which I again removed. It appeared a second time and after investigation, I discovered that a chipmunk had constructed a burrow and was depositing the soil in the window well. as soon as the weather warms up I will attempt to evict him (or her)

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on February 04, 2013:

@anonymous: Joe, I'm not sure which of the methods you are asking about here. All the items I'm showing have been successful in catching or keeping away chipmunks. Sometimes a combination of methods work depending on your situation.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on February 04, 2013:

@anonymous: Joe, I'd recommend setting a Haveahart trap to capture the chipmunk and definitely block that hole so no more come in.

anonymous on February 04, 2013:

@anonymous: Is this the one listed as for mice ?? Saw that one in Home Depot. Or was it listed as specific for chipmunks?? Thanks.


anonymous on February 04, 2013:

Chipmunk got into my garage, then into the basement. Not sure what is best method to trap it. Found a hole near a vent that it's probably using, but not sure if I should close that off which would mean critter might chew more holes elsewhere. Ideas ??

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on January 01, 2013:

@AstroGremlin: I'll tell you a sad story about a friend who tried to remove skunks from under her house using such traps. Her cat accidentally got into the trap and wasn't discovered soon enough. It suffered a heat stroke on a very hot day. You do need to check them frequently.

AstroGremlin on January 01, 2013:

Useful tips. Hav-a-Heart traps work well but make sure to check them often or they aren't really very humane at all. I won't use glue mouse traps for that reason -- the animal dies of thirst, a rough way to go.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on December 31, 2012:

@anonymous: They are serial hibernators and don't sleep the whole winter away. Yours has come out for a break, but should go back to hibernating soon.

anonymous on December 31, 2012:

We have a different problem it's December 31 and we have one eating all our birdseed off our front porch !! I guess we'll try to catch him but then what to do with him ? he's supposed to be hibernating!! Lol

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on December 07, 2012:

@anonymous: Lynni, I have another page (see the link on the right hand side at the top) with more ways to get rid of chipmunks for those who are desperate.

anonymous on December 07, 2012:

@anonymous: We had more this year than ever also. The two we thought were adorable turned into what seems like 100's. If they get in the house, there is no way I will care if the removal of them is humane or not. Outside yes, inside, this is my territory. No rodents allowed, cute or not. We actually used mothballs (not too much luck) we're trying fox urine. The neighbor's cat has been hanging around lately because with our warm winter temps the chipmunks are still out playing and gathering food. Never ending battle.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on December 04, 2012:

@anonymous: Oh no, those naughty chipmunks. Try trapping them in a Haveahart trap.

anonymous on December 04, 2012:

They are eating the wiring in my car!!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 23, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for sharing your experience. I had reservations about using mothballs anyway, since they are a carcinogen for people.

anonymous on November 23, 2012:

The mothball theory doesn't work. I have Chipmunks in my pool house. I placed mothballs throughout and even left about a half a box full under one of their stashes. When I checked a week later, the little critters had to partial box of mothballs stashed full of nuts.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 22, 2012:

@gottaloveit2: Just be glad they aren't getting into the walls of your house. Thanks for the blessing!

gottaloveit2 on November 22, 2012:

I'm back to bless this wonderful article. As one who is trying to coexist with the chipmunks, mice, and raccoons, it's not so easy to be kind to them but protect my birdseed too. Great ideas here.

Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on November 05, 2012:

Thanks for the humane tips on deterring chipmunks. They are cute little critters, until they chew their way into the garage or garden shed.

SecondSally on October 14, 2012:

I saw these constantly when I was growing up next to an area covered with woods. Now I hardly ever see them, and I sort of miss watching them. No need to send me any of the destructive ones though! Nice lens.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on October 13, 2012:

@einsteinmoomjy: I could send them a few....

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on October 04, 2012:

@anonymous: I'm glad it worked for you.

anonymous on October 04, 2012:

@Virginia Allain: The Chipmunkinator that I got off of ebay works great! It is humane. You can catch multiple and then release them in someone else's field :)

anonymous on October 04, 2012:

@anonymous: I used the Chipmunkinator and caught 3 chipmunks in about 15 minutes.

This trap really does work. I catch at least two every time I put it out.

Thank you for your previous advice!

anonymous on October 03, 2012:

they are in my car motor, helpl

einsteinmoomjy on September 30, 2012:

My parents sit on their porch and watch all the chipmunks play. It's a pastime for them. LOL

anonymous on September 23, 2012:

@anonymous: John B, we have a dog and the chipmunks still run around the backyard. she has chased them but they continue to run around the yard.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on September 19, 2012:

@anonymous: I'm afraid that tomcat trap isn't what people want for a "humane" solution to their chipmunk problem.

anonymous on September 19, 2012:


anonymous on September 16, 2012:

I've got one in an enclosed courtyard. My cat sits 6 ft. away on the step and watches the little bugger. I have a stunning array of Asiatic Lilies, and the little devil is going after the bulbs, and he eats enough sunflower seed to put me in the poorhouse. He's gotta go! Time for the traps.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on September 11, 2012:

@anonymous: Sometimes changes in weather conditions drives them to new habitat.

anonymous on September 11, 2012:

Chipmunks are more than abundant in my yard, digging holes under my paverbrick, never had this serious a problem with then before this year.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 27, 2012:

@anonymous: Sounds like you have a plan that's working for you.

anonymous on August 27, 2012:

This summer I have trapped and removed 6 chipmunks from the barn -- where they were eating the chicken feed, and undermining the building with their tunnels. Today I saw another chipmunk taking an apple down the tree trunk. We have an outdoor dog, but she doesn't climb trees and the chipmunks merely taunt her. I shall borrow the trap again for the remaining ones.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 13, 2012:

@anonymous: Time for a Haveaheart trap, it sounds like you've reached the end of your patience.

anonymous on August 13, 2012:

@Virginia Allain: We have a terrier and have a major chipmunk problem.....

anonymous on August 13, 2012:

he`s making holes all over. Under the deck, near the basement door. Today, we left the door opened a little because we`re working on the deck. The thing walked in the house and I found him walking across the hallway on the SECOND floor!! We got him out through a window, but he`s still in the yard. Not cute anymore!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 10, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks, Angie, for alerting me to that danger. I've added a caution to that section now.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 04, 2012:

@anonymous: About the only thing that keeps them far away is to trap them with the Haveahart and take them far away. I have another page about more permanent solutions for chipmunks but only for the desperate.

anonymous on August 04, 2012:

I have a chipmunk problem in my flowerbeds, mainly petunias and marigolds. It takes them a couple days to eat all of them. I've tried ultrasonic methods, dried blood, pepper flakes, garlic, and mothballs (not all at the same time :) ). Any method works for a short time, then the critters seem to get immune to it and come back. They're driving me nuts!!! I need help!!!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 29, 2012:

@anonymous: That's terrible. You need a solution fast. Amazon has fast shipping if you like one of the solutions here.

anonymous on July 29, 2012:

they took over my garage, chewed out the door framing under the door and dug out the dirt in the cinder blocks,

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 29, 2012:

@anonymous: Hmm, so you're saying that having a dog will not deter chipmunks.

anonymous on July 29, 2012:

@anonymous: That's a crock. I have them everywhere even with a very active medium-sized dog used to being outdoors..

Hypersapien2 from U.S. on July 17, 2012:

Fortunately, I don't think I've had any chipmunks issues since I was a kid. I would say we're probbaly having more of a rabbit problem these days.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 15, 2012:

@anonymous: I doubt that the sensors would affect song birds, but the presence of the owls would probably scare away song birds who are afraid of the bigger bird of prey.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 15, 2012:

@anonymous: Sounds like you need a havahart trap to catch the chipmunks before your dog tears up anything more.

anonymous on July 15, 2012:

Do the owls or sensors affect the song birds?

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