Plugging up 'old' chipmunk holes near foundation?

spup345October 9, 2006

I've caught 8 chipmunks in 2 weeks with my Havahart, it works great. I did it because they were digging their holes too close to my foundation for my comfort.

So, I want to start plugging up their holes to prevent water infiltration towards my foundation...(hopefully new holes won't pop up or havahart comes back out)...

How do I plug up the holes to keep the water out?

I bought top-soil, but their holes and burrows run deep, right? So how do I fill it adequately? Fill with topsoil, wet it, refill, over & over? Use a stick to push it in? Will big rocks work better or plug it with round plugs of wood? Or will the water work its way in and there's no way to fix it?


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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

I don't think you can plug up more than the entrance portion of the hole. Not only do the burrows go fairly deep, but they twist and wind around, and are made with ups and downs so that rain, snow-melt, etc won't wet the living areas. Nature will gradually fill in unused burrows. I have a family of chippies living in the azaleas, and although I once found a tunnel opening near the house, that's been years ago.

You can try using Pine-sol, diluted 1 part to 5 of water, poured in a line around the perimeter of the house. I've long used Pine-sol [in a bowl in a locked cupboard] to keep mice and squirrels out of the attic, and it seems to be a long-term deterrent for rodents when poured on the ground around the house. My house has a crawl-space and we live near fields, and I used to think the field mice owned the house until I tried the pine-sol as a barrier. Humans can't seem to smell it after an hour or so, but apparently it's awful to the rodent-nose.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2006 at 3:10PM
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