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    Angry Chipmunks - Help!

    I'm in the Northeast and I have a chipmunk problem in my yard. I seem to have a large den of them. The den has multiple exits and I'm looking for humane suggestions of how I might lure them out so I can relocate them. Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Chipmunks - Help!

    I know they have sprays at the local home center/garden center here that repel deer, raccoons and such...I haven't looked closely at the bottle to see if it repels chipmunks, but it may.

    Otherwise, do a searh on-line for "chipmunk repellent" and a product called "Shake Away" is available. Never used it, but it says it's all natural.

    Hope this helps!

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    Default Re: Chipmunks - Help!

    You might try shaking some hot pepper (like you put on pizza) near a food source. It will keep them away from bird seed but I don't know if it will make them move.

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    Default Re: Chipmunks - Help!

    Why do you want to get rid of the chipmunks? Do they cause damage? I have them in my yard and they don't seem to be a problem. Maybe they're doing something I don't know about!

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    Default Re: Chipmunks - Help!

    Never tried them myself...

    http://www.old-fashioned-values.com/...ole-chaser.htm

    (no affiliation)

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    Default Re: Chipmunks - Help!

    Have you tried a cat?

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    Default Re: Chipmunks - Help!

    Personally, I love chipmunks and enjoy having them around, but we did cover this a while back in the magazine, in Ask This Old House. Roger Cook suggested a repellent made with coyote or fox urine. If you can't find such a product at a garden center, try predatorpee.com. (We didn't ask how they go about collecting it!) You have to keep it up, too, or they'll just come back.

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    Default Re: Chipmunks - Help!

    Maybe chipmunks don't cause a problem outside, but I know that feeling of wondering when your entire yard is going to collapse because it doubles as a chipmunk timeshare... And when weather cools, they WILL look for entry into your house. My problems were greatly reduced in two ways:

    1) I cut off all entry to the house - this involved caulking and repairing all area where the wood foundation met the concrete basement wall inside AND OUTSIDE, and

    2) Getting a Schipperke - a wonderful dog who loves to chase the buggers. He gets one or two a year, and really prefers to play with them rather than kill them, but he's scared them off for sure.

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    Default Re: Chipmunks - Help!

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I'm going to find some repellant with fox / coyote urine and use that.

    Update so far... Although the creatures are cute and my 2 year old loves them, my lamp post fell over last week, smashing glass all over my driveway. Under it I discovered yet another opening into that massive den I seem to be hosting. I also have a retaining wall that is at risk. I feel like I'm living Caddyshack!

    I'll update everyone on how the repellant works.

    B

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    Talking Re: Chipmunks - Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Leslie View Post
    Personally, I love chipmunks and enjoy having them around, but we did cover this a while back in the magazine, in Ask This Old House. Roger Cook suggested a repellent made with coyote or fox urine. If you can't find such a product at a garden center, try predatorpee.com. (We didn't ask how they go about collecting it!) You have to keep it up, too, or they'll just come back.
    I love chipmunks too.
    I like them done on the BBQ for about five minutes and basted in BBQ sauce.

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