While we’ve previously discussed the finer points of getting rid of squirrels in your home, a close relative of the squirrel also needs to stay away. Chipmunks might seem cute and harmless, but they too can cause a lot of damage to your home and yard. Fortunately, there are at least 5 possible ways to get rid of chipmunks from your home and property before they take over!
5 Ways to Get Rid of Chipmunks
1. Eliminate food sources.
Chipmunks will eat almost anything, including grass, garden plants, bird seed and food scraps. They have also been known to eat other small rodents and birds, however they are not active predators. Simply keep your yard tidy and free of food scraps, and you’ll make it less tempting for these little critters to move in.
2. Use mothballs and other deterrants.
Chipmunks are not fond of mothballs. Place mothballs around the foundation of your house and in any known chipmunk holes. This will not kill the critters, but they’ll begin to notice the neighborhood isn’t very friendly. Anther helpful deterrant is bloodmeal, which you can sprinkle around. For protecting tender plants and vegetables, using a simple solution of hot sauce and cayenne peppers mixed in a spray bottle should do the trick. Remember to spray frequently for the solution to work effectively.
3. Set a trap!
After eliminating food sources and setting up deterrants, your next step in getting rid of chipmunks is to remove residual animals with a trap. The most common form of trap is a metal cage in which are easily baited with peanuts or other food items. The traps will then close once the chipmunk gets inside and starts eating the food. Be sure to check your trap periodically so that you can remove the critters in accordance with animal control laws in Cobb and Fulton counties.
4. Enlist your pets.
For pet owners, enlist the help of your dog or cat to roam around outdoors. This will often scare the chipmunks away, as most pets will chase them. Keep in mind however, that even though chipmunks are quite fast and will often escape, this is the natural method that can result in chipmunks being killed if your pet manages to catch them. If you do find dead animals in your yard, be sure to wear disposable gloves when handling and removing the carcass, and wash your hands thoroughly.
5. Call the professionals at SWAT
If none of the above methods work, you don’t have enough time, or there are simply too many chipmunks for you to handle, the other option available to you is to simply call SWAT Services to handle the situation. We are trained in all the ways to get rid of chipmunks, squirrels and other critters that can damage your home and yard.
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