Return to the Wildlife Garden Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
chipmonks

Posted by anna_lisa Quebec (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 13, 06 at 22:02

Hi I let these chipmonks run around my garden and i did not mind at frist until now. Today they dug up my cally lily and chew it to bits and also they are in my pots and digging holes this is making me mad. How can i get rid of them. Anna


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: chipmonks

  • Posted by ericwi Dane County WI (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 14, 06 at 11:08

Freshly planted bulbs seem to attract chipmunks. They are often dug up and eaten by chipmunks in my neighborhood. For some reason, established bulbs, that have been in the ground for a year or more, do not attract the chipmunks. You can cover your bulbs with galvanized wire mesh, I think it is about 1/2 inch per square, held down with stakes. If the piece of mesh is square, 6 inches by 6 inches, there would be one stake at each corner. There has to be an opening in the middle for the plant to grow through.


 o
RE: chipmonks

I bought a small live-trap at Lowe's. They also have them at feed stores. I use that, and relocate them about a mile or so away. If you don't have a soft spot for them(they are so cute!), you can use a snap-type rat trap like one of my neighbors does. Summer before last he trapped over 60!! I don't have nearly that many, and the live-trap works great.


 o
RE: chipmonks

uummm snap traps dont know what to kill and what NOT to kill. Never put a snap trap out where some other wildlife can be killed.
Lisa


 o
RE: chipmonks

Part of wildlife gardening is realizing that it's their land too and accomodating what you grow to that fact. I would never have expected a wildlife gardening forum to promote ways to kill wildlife. You can put out nuts or sunflower seeds for them to eat, so they stay away from your plants. Or just avoid growing plants that they like. Also, I thought chipmunks were territorial, so I don't understand how anyone could have 60 chipmunks on their property (unless that property is very very large).


 o
RE: chipmonks

i see lots of holes dug under my shed.ihave refrained from putting bird seed out for the last 2 weeks but the littl buggers are still around.. and the rabbits as well. the squirrels wont be back until they see bird seed. but those darn chip monmks....ar-h-h-hg


 o
RE: chipmonks

It is illegal in many states to live trap and relocate mammals. That is because in doing so you are taking mommas away from nursing babies, thereby killing entire families. Also, relocated mammals are thrown into territories that are not their own, and they do not know food sources and are harassed by the other competing species of their own kind. They often die, so it is not a humane solution.

Here is a link that might be useful: Info on chipmunks


 o
RE: chipmonks

Plants in pots can be protected by mulching them with stones approximating the size of a chipmunk, or a bit smaller. Pea gravel sometimes seems to work, too, and herbs like it.

If there are cats around, your chipmunk population should not grow too large. I have a little colony of them out near my new path at the rear of my property, where extensive trimming was recently done by the electric company. I have a drainage problem back there due to a neighbor's unplanted bank edging part of my property, so I am actively encouraging their presence. I think their tunneling activities will be helpful.

They love sunflower seeds, and will climb an enormous sunflower to chop down the seeds. If you plant a few sunflowers, that may draw their attention away from your other plants.


 o
RE: chipmonks

Are these Buddhist chipMONKS?
Sorry, just couldn't help myself ;o)


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Wildlife Garden Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here