How Do You Get Rid of Chipmunks?

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Although there are a number of ways of getting rid of chipmunks, such as the use of offensive scents and odors, its success depends on the competence to select the right method and the number of the troublesome chipmunks. These ground-dwelling rodents are omnivorous and normally eat plant bulbs, various insects and nuts.

Chipmunks cause havoc to homeowners by digging burrows in flower beds and eating bulbs, digging holes near rock sidewalks and walls, and digging holes in yards. To eliminate these rodents, small cage traps whose sizes are rated for a squirrel, chipmunk or a rat should be purchased. These cages are safe to use around pets and children, and can be used both inside and outside the house. They normally measure about 5 inches by 5 inches by 14 inches.

Use of bait traps is another method of getting rid of chipmunks. They are effective when seeds and peanut butter are placed in the shell of the bait because they attract the chipmunks. Chipmunks are trapped when they try to eat these seeds.

Another way of getting rid of chipmunks is to hire a professional pest control service. These professionals have the tools, chemicals and the knowledge on how to get rid of chipmunks. This method is effective because it saves time. However, it can be more expensive than other methods.