trapping-chipmunks

How to Get Rid of Chipmunks and Tips for Trapping Chipmunks

At first glance, chipmunks appear to be cute, harmless little critters. What isn’t quite as endearing is the amount of destruction these squirrel-like rodents can create. While you might think of chipmunks as feasting on nuts, berries, seeds and grains, they also take great pleasure in digging for roots and tubers and can eat young shoots and leaves. Chipmunks love to build nests underground, in stone walls or near fallen logs. Female chipmunks breed twice a year and can have four to five babies per season, so imagine how much damage a large extended family of these burrowing varmints can do to your plants and property!An effective chipmunk repellent like Havahart® Critter Ridder®, along with a reliable trap like the Havahart® Small 2-Door Easy Set® Trap can be your best defense against chipmunk damage.

Chipmunks: How To Get Rid of Them by Using Repellents

Learning how to repel chipmunks is easy as long as you choose the right repellent. Chipmunk repellent tips include using a homemade concoction made with ingredients like cayenne pepper and water, or purchasing a premium multi-species repellent that is proven to work. Unfortunately, the homemade remedies may only work some of the time and require frequent reapplication.

Can You Use Baking Soda to Get Rid of Chipmunks?

Some people even use baking soda for chipmunk repellent. Unfortunately, when it comes to baking soda, chipmunks just don’t seem to view it as much of a deterrent for staying out of your garden.

How to Get Rid of Chipmunks in Your Garden

The most effective answer to the question of how to get rid of chipmunks in gardens, lawn and landscaping areas is to use a specially made repellent that targets the chipmunk’s keen sense of taste and smell. Choose one like Critter Ridder® Animal Repellent , like Havahart® Critter Ridder®. It’s proven to work on chipmunks, and better than getting a snootful of cayenne pepper!

How to Trap Chipmunks: Effective Chipmunk Trap Tips

If you’re the adventurous type, you can your hand at trapping chipmunks. The best chipmunk trap has a tight mesh pattern to prevent “Alvin” from squeezing his little body through. A trap that’s ideally suited for a chipmunk’s body type is the Havahart® Small 2-Door Easy Set® Trap, Model #1061, As an alternative, an upside-down box propped up with a stick attached to a string can also work. Important tip: place a board underneath the box to make it easier to pick up and transport the trapped chipmunk. A trapped chipmunk can become extremely agitated (and who could blame it?), so don’t leave it in the trap overnight, as the anxiety could result in its death.

How to Get Rid of Chipmunk Problems with Proper Trap Baiting

Properly baiting a chipmunk trap is important. Did you know that chipmunks are peanut butter connoisseurs? They even enjoy a morsel of cheese now and then. Other effective chipmunk bait includes prune pits, unroasted peanuts, corn, sunflower seeds, cereal, grains and popcorn. Be sure to put bait near, in and on the trap, so that they’re guaranteed to be drawn in by the tantalizing aroma. Now that you know how to get rid of chipmunks, you can put an end to your chipmunk invasion safely and humanely.

Image: Dawn Huczek

23 Comments

  • Raymond

    just curious as to what people have used to get rid of chipmunks eating the tomatoes growing in the garden

    • 9:23 am - March 22, 2012

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Raymond,

      We recommend either our Critter Ridder® repellent for chipmunks, which can be sprayed directly onto your plants and is OMRI-listed, or our Spray Away motion activated repellent: (http://www.havahart.com/store/animal-repellents/chipmunk).

      Best of luck!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 11:21 am - March 22, 2012

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  • Kathy Davidson

    Where can you purchase chipmunk traps?

    • 11:24 am - May 28, 2012

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  • Bubba

    Tried Critter-Ridder a couple of times; no dice. Chipmunks seem to love the stuff

    • 4:37 pm - June 14, 2012

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Bubba,

      We’d like to help troubleshoot your issue for you. Can you tell us how much you applied the product, and where? Did it rain recently after you applied it?

      Also, can you tell us anything specific about the animal’s behaviors in the area? Are they eating your plants, foraging in your yard, do they have a nest with young?

      We hope your answers will give us a bit more information to go on! There is always a possibility a repellent may not work because every animal is unique. Repellents aren’t 100% effective all the time, because, like each human, animals are each unique. This product has been demonstrated through field and lab studies to work for chipmunks, the majority of the time. This is why it is EPA approved for chipmunks. However it’s not 100% and, again, no repellent is.

      Finally, just like it affects each individual animal differently, using it over an extended period of time can also have an effect, as we’ve found that prolonged use can actually condition the animal to stay away from the area.

      Thank you!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 9:46 am - June 20, 2012

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  • kathie bauch

    Help!! I have a critter who is picking off my flowers that are in pots and then putting them in a nice neat little pile, sometimes all flowers facing the same way like a bouquet. We trapped one raccoon but I hate to trap more since we are not sure he is the culprit. I have put shake away all around, mouse traps in the pots and use bobbex for the deer. Never dealt with something like this. I also just sprayed with ropel. They or it just keeps coming back. If I knew what I was dealing with I could then tackle the problem. We do not see chipmunks but know they are in the area since we live in a very forested region. We have raccoons but my plants, also in beds, have never been attacked like this before.

    Any input would be much appreciated. Thank you

    • 6:04 pm - July 6, 2012

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Kathie,

      We’d recommend doing a bit more investigating such as placing baking soda on the ground to get tracks, which can help you ID the animal. This would give you a starting point! If you are unable to identify what animal is doing this, you may also be interested in a repellent that works for any kind of animal, including deer, birds and raccoons. Our Spray Away motion-activated water repellent startles animals of all sizes away from specific problem areas in your yard or garden. You can find more information on our website: http://www.havahart.com/ourbrands/spray-away.

      We hope you find the thief!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 1:40 pm - July 9, 2012

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  • Sara

    We gave a chipmunk that continues to leave a 6″ area of droppings right on our front porch, nearly every day. I know it has nested under our front porch, but we’ve never had problems previously. Suggestions to deter it from the porch – would be appreciated, we have two small kids and I’m worried about disease. thanks!

    • 2:39 pm - July 12, 2012

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Sara,

      No problem! We offer a chipmunk repellent that is effective to discourage chipmunks away from an area. It is best to remove the droppings and apply some Critter Ridder® to your front porch: http://www.havahart.com/store/animal-repellents/bdapb. If the chipmunk has a nest and young, it will be difficult to deter it from the entire area, but this may keep it from coming onto your porch itself.

      Good luck!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 2:56 pm - July 12, 2012

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  • Shady

    wehave holes under an azelia plant that a chipmunk has been seen going in and out of. the 4 holes seem to tunnel from one to another. about 6 ft away there are 2 more. don’t want my yard to be undermined, any suggestions?

    • 11:12 am - July 15, 2012

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Shady,

      It can be very difficult to deal with chipmunks, and they can be very destructive to your yard. We recommend trying to trap and relocate the nuisance chipmunks so they no longer cause you trouble. Our live traps are perfect for this task: http://www.havahart.com/store/live-animal-traps/chipmunk. We recommend using peanuts, seeds or popcorn as bait.

      Good luck!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 9:03 am - July 16, 2012

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  • Havahart®

    We’re happy to hear your feedback, Tara! Which critter were you using Critter Ridder® to repel?

    Thanks!

    Your Friends at Havahart®

    • 12:33 pm - August 10, 2012

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  • Havahart®

    Hi Tom,

    No problem! This happens if the animal takes the bait but does not use enough pressure on the pan to trip it and close the trap. We suggest digging a hole under the bait plate and placing the bait in that so the animal must work harder to get the bait, with a higher chance of tripping it. If it is not set on a dirt surface, you may want to try tying the bait to a piece of string just above the plate so the animal works in that way to get it.

    Thank you!

    Your Friends at Havahart®

    • 8:55 am - September 17, 2012

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  • Pam

    After you catch the chipmunks what do you do with them?

    • 9:17 am - September 17, 2012

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Pam,

      Check the trap often, as chipmunks are very nervous animals and may die if left in the trap overnight. If it is in agreement with your area’s local and state laws, we recommend releasing the chipmunk in a suitable habitat at least 5 miles away where they can find food and water.

      Thanks!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 9:25 am - September 17, 2012

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  • Marie Mingus

    Chipmunks run rapidly! I did not know their fondness for bulbs and tubers. Hm. This may explain some of our garden goings-on.

    • 2:31 pm - September 29, 2012

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  • Christine

    Hi there, We recently discovered that we have two chipmunks that chewed two perfect circles in the rubber baseboard under our sink! I taped it up with duct tape. Discovered shortly after that they chewed two more holes in some expandable foam that I’d used behind our stove, around the special outlet needed for the stove….mice had come in around that area, thus the foam. They chewed it into tiny pieces. I put a piece of brillo in there but it was kind of fine, and they just brought it into the hole. Finally purchased a Havahart trap and have had no success. Have peanut butter and sunflower seeds in it now, with the seeds trailing to the tray. Nothing has been trapped and today, I noticed the duct tape chewed through, so I decided to close the holes with aluminum foil, and re-taped the hole under the sink!! Need suggestions on what to do to deter them from the house now. I believe they are getting in under our sunroom which has just a crawl space foundation, and is adjacent to our kitchen area.

    • 9:40 pm - December 5, 2012

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Christine,

      Sorry to hear about your chipmunk issues! Have you still not been able to trap the intruders? Peanut butter and sunflower seeds should be irresistible to chipmunks!

      To repel the chipmunks from doing further damage, we recommend one of our effective chipmunk repellents, found on our website: http://www.havahart.com/store/animal-repellents/chipmunk. We’d recommend trying the Critter Ridder® repellent. Note the granules will work even in colder weather, and the spray may be helpful indoors.

      Good luck!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 9:39 am - December 10, 2012

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  • Laura

    We have chipmunks that apparetnly go in and out of our crawl space. Under the plastic, I see two (was one before winter now there are two) large dome-like things, I belive made with our insulation. Peanut butter has been in the trap for almost two weeks now – no bite. We know the area where they are coming in (under the outside deck, above the cement wall line in the crawl) but have not found the hole yet. Today I’ve seen two small chips running around/under our deck. What else will work to trap them? If we’ve not noticed any activity should we go ahead and find and close the hole? We already closed another a few feet away a few years ago but those little buggers keep coming back. I’m also afraid to go investigate the ‘huts’!

    • 10:17 pm - June 14, 2015

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  • Dave

    They were burrowing under my garage floor and this is a no kill yard. Traps worked great but I found out you can’t release them anywhere in Wisconsin without property owners permission. Used dryer sheets three days ago and I haven’t seen one since. Just shoved three of them down the hole.

    • 4:31 pm - June 18, 2016

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  • Patricia

    Try the link above but I want use any scent away because they seem to like mine so I’ll try this And PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CHECK AS THEY MAY DROWN FROM RAIN TAKE THEM TO A STATE PARK RELEASE AND THEY ARE SAFE AND AWAY NO KILL HAVE A HEART 😂😃😃😃😂😃😂

    • 3:45 pm - June 27, 2016

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