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A Complete Guide to Getting Rid of Chipmunks: Picking Traps, Bait, Repellents and Preventive Treatment

A chipmunk infestation is always a serious test which requires patience, diligence and proper knowledge on the topic from its victims. We are positive that competent prevention will be your best weapon in this case. Those of you who might still encounter these fluffy creatures in your backyard shouldn’t be in despair. We’ll tell you what are the best ways of getting rid of chipmunks and what traps, bait and repellents are truly effective against them.

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Best Chipmunk Control Methods: Traps, Repellents, Poisons or Extermination?

If you haven’t had a chance to fence your garden to protect it from the chipmunks, you need to ask yourself a few questions. First of all, can you do with a fence around the most important flowers and plant beds and peacefully live side by side with the rodents? Second, will the appearance of a couple of animals lead to a full-scale invasion or can you catch them all and take them away? Third, you need to find out whether shooting the rodents is permitted in your region.

After that you are to track down the habitat of the antagonists. The Internet Center for Wildlife web site suggests that they are more likely to settle in small gardens in residential and farming buildings. The entrance to the hole cannot be recognized with the help of the mound of earth and mud, as is the case in moles. The chipmunks are great at disguising the entrances the diameter of which hardly exceeds 5 cm. Look for the holes near the garages, stumps, piles and weak areas of building foundations. These pieces of advice are, however, irrelevant for large gardens and farms as the hole can be anywhere.

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Once you’ve finished preparing for the battle, it’s time to pick your weapon. The Missouri Department of Conservation web site considers traps and shooting of the chipmunks to be the most effective. The authorities strongly doubt the potential of repellents and fumigants on the other hand. “These are not recommended because none are known to be effective. Mothballs, in particular, are not only ineffective, they contain toxic naphthalene, and the vapor is harmful to humans”, – state the zoologists.

The great majority of their colleagues agree with this. Only the Internet Center for Wildlife considers the repellents to be relatively useful. According to it, taste repellents containing bitrex, thiram, or ammonium soaps of higher fatty acids can repel the chipmunks from certain types of seeds and plants. But a positive result is not 100% guaranteed. The experts also claim that the mothballs are not so useless after all. “Naphthalene flakes (“moth flakes”) may repel chipmunks from attics, summer cabins, and storage areas when applied liberally (4 to 5 pounds of naphthalene flakes per 2,000 square feet [1.0 to 1.2 kg/100 m2]). Use with caution, however, in occupied buildings, as the odor may also be objectionable or irritating to people or pets”, – suggests David Williams.

All experts agree on one thing: chipmunk poison cannot be used in the USA. These products are not licensed since they can damage considerably people and other animals.

All in all, the fence, traps and shooting with a BB or pellet gun or with a conventional firearm, usually rim fire ammunition, are effective. However, be careful with shooting. Remember that you must contact your local conservation officer before you begin shooting. Chipmunks are not protected by federal law, but state and local regulations may apply. Most states allow landowners or tenants to take chipmunks when they are causing or about to cause damage. Some states, (for example, Georgia, North Carolina, and Arkansas) require a permit to kill non game animals. Other states are currently developing laws to protect all non game species. Consult your local conservation agency or USDA-APHIS-ADC personnel for the legal status of chipmunks in your state.

Getting Rid of Chipmunks : How to Pick the Best Chipmunk Traps and Bait

In this section we’ll teach you how to make handmade chipmunk traps, find the most suitable bait for them and will identify the perfect ready-to-use traps.

The functioning of the majority of these devices is not extraordinary. The Missouri Dep. of Conservation web-site considers the cage-type traps and rat-sized snap traps to be the best ones. The latter, however, can kill or disable larger animals.

The authors of “Managing Chipmunk Problems in Kentucky” memo do not hesitate and recommend using steel leg-hold or jaw traps. Burying them into the ground in front of the entrance to the hole and then covering with dirt is said to relieve you from using any bait!

Also, the guys from Kentucky suggest a medium complexity option of a tuned DIY chipmunk trap: “Burrow-entrance live-trap can be constructed out of hardware cloth. Use a 12 x 20-inch piece of 1/4- or 1/2-inch hardware cloth. Bend it three consecutive times to form a rectangle. Crimp the edges together using hog rings. Close one end of the box with a 3-inch piece of hardware cloth. Construct a door of hardware cloth and attach one end to the top of the trap so that it can move freely. Bend the opposite end so that when the door is closed, approximately 2 inches comes in contact with the floor. For best results, set the trap in a burrow where chipmunks have been seen entering. Wedge the door end firmly into the entrance and prop the trap into position with a block of wood”.

Actually, dozens of manuals on making handmade chipmunk traps can be found online. However, the experts don’t attest their high effectiveness. That’s why let us turn to some certified options available in online stores.

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This is a classic “16 x 6 x 6.4” trap made of stainless wire mesh with steel reinforcing for Check current price. The trap is protected from corrosion and rust, and it also has smaller gaps between the bars, so that an animal trapped has no chance of escaping. The trap’s trigger is very sensitive, and sash provides capture for securing the chipmunk.

Should the owner of the trap decide to save the rodent’s life and take it to another neighborhood, the secure carrying mechanism would come handy. The Chipmunk would neither be able to scratch you, nor feel any pain during transportation. By the way, apart from the chipmunks, squirrels, rats, weasels and even larger mice can be trapped here.

The customer rating of the product is very high. We were able to find feedback of people who caught 23 or even 40 chipmunks in a season. There were rare complaints of production defects, but there were far more positive comments. Moreover, people recommend disguising the trap with branches and leaves and checking the trap quite often in order not to make the stressed animal suffer even more.

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Note that the same manufacturer offers other chipmunk trap options. The Havahart 1025 Live Animal Two-Door Chipmunk, Small Squirrel, Rat, and Weasel Cage Trap (Check current price) has two entrances (front and rear once) and its dimensions are 17х5х7.2. The size of Havahart 1020 Live Animal Two-Door Mouse Cage Trap (Check current price), which is also equipped with two entrances, is slightly smaller; it is 3×3 inches.

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This Check current price device is not as popular as Havahart traps, but it has quite a perk to it. The manufacturers call their invention the “most humane” trap for squirrels, mice and chipmunks. It looks like a transparent tube made of soft plastic, the metal entrance of which opens only inside. After that the rodent is trapped and cannot get out even if applies force.

According to the sellers, the transparent walls make this Live Catch Trap not only safe, but also invisible to the chipmunk. It can feel and see the bait, on the other hand. The using is extremely simple, as there are no triggers, coils and magnets which would bother you. Also, Live Catch is many times lighter than its metal competitors.

What do the consumers say about it? They are sure that the product is not suitable for rats and tree squirrels, and the chipmunks do not really rise to the fly. However, unlike the Havahart case, we weren’t able to find any heroic reports of catching dozens of rodents. Perhaps, plastic is worse at letting the bait smell through. As for some serious criticism, we’ve come across the remarks of Live Cath sized at 2×3 inches being too small for larger chipmunks.

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Intruder 16525 the Better Rodentrap

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This trap is far from being humane, but it is the most cut-rate one on our list. It works very simple, like a regular trap does. Bend the stainless steel spring, put the bait and wait for the animal to come. If a chipmunk is caught in these “jaws”, the device will simply crush it. The sellers promise that there will be no blood as the jaws will either suffocate the rodent or break its neck. After that you need to get rid of the body, rinse the trap and hunt on.

The thriftiest customers will be glad to find out that the Intruder Rodentrap requires minimum chipmunk bait. Here is what such prudent gardeners share:

“I caught three chipmunks and just a few days with this very trap. I used very little peanut butter in the very center. This works better than any other trap I have ever tried.” (R. Lewis).

“The intruder is easy to set and easy to release chipmunks. I have caught 4 of them this year using peanut butter and sunflower seeds on the trigger base”. (mr.Fixit)

Customers consider the trap to be effective. This isn’t much, but it isn’t little as well. Perhaps, some were discouraged by the cruelty of the method. Some customers complained of device breaking down soon, and sometimes it happened for no apparent reason.

In general, this is a bit obsolete trap of mediocre effectiveness. Yes, it works, but you will surely spend some time with Intruder.

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Electronic Rodent Trap – Clean and Humane Extermination of Rats, Mice and Squirrels

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Now it’s the time for the most controversial and scandalous trap in our rating. We’ve always been skeptic about the electronic gadgets aimed at eliminating pests. Many of them are too cheap and there can be certain homologation problems, so we study the reviews carefully and pick the best models for you only.

What can you say about this electronic rodent killer? This is a small plastic box with bait section which electrocutes mice and chipmunks. The manufacturers call this “a humane liquidation at the first attempt”. The Electronic Rodent Trap comes with a 5 Ft. plug-in adapter can also be operated with 4 ‘D’ batteries (batteries not included), allowing up to 30+ kills per set of batteries. A special indicator will notify you once the catch is dead, and you’ll be able to dispose of the body without coming into direct contact with it.

We have a few more complaints against this product. Suppose, it works well at home, however, most of the chipmunks live outside. The metallic elements and the electric discharge system will hardly operate properly when it rains or even when there is fog.

Second, it is approximately 3-1/8″ high and 3″ wide; these dimensions are not the most suitable ones for a fatty chipmunk. Finally, unlike the case of transparent and metal traps, the rodent will only be able to identify the bait by its smell and it won’t see it. All of that reduces the potential effectiveness of the product.

The comment section of Abco Tech is full of positive reviews from chipmunk haters. This thing is said to work well indoors. Still, there are reasonable claims of the possibility of a trap killing a small puppy, kitten or a hamster. Also, there is no reasonable indicator of low battery. Do we really have to stick our fingers in to check?

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At the end of our trap review we’ll mention such models as Snap-E Mouse Trap-6 Pack for Check current price. These rodent traps can be scattered around your yard to provide for the breadth of coverage. The main drawback is that they are not always deadly for the chipmunks. Their springs are not tight enough and an animal can simply become disabled or escape the jaws of the trap on its own. So this method has the right to exist, but it surely isn’t the most humane or reasonable.

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No matter which trap you use, you won’t do without bait. How to trap a chipmunk using bait? The biologists’ answer is definite: the chipmunks are attracted by the mixture of peanut butter and oatmeal, nuts or seeds. You can also add some berries to your taste!

How to Pick an Effective Chipmunk Repellent?

Keep in mind that repellents cannot be your main treatment against chipmunks. Some rare substances, though, are able to repel these animals from your house. Above we’ve quoted David Williams’ recipe of using mothballs in the attic, barn and other non-residential premises. Classic IMS Original Moth Balls, 4 oz, 4 Pack (Check current price) or Old Fashioned Moth Balls, 14 oz- Enoz (Check current price) will do for that purpose. The main thing is to mind the dosage and not to damage environment!

Are there any other treatments, such as sprays? offers Eco Defense Animal & Pest Repeller for gardeners. Its manufacturers included chipmunks in the list of animals against which the spray is quite effective. The composition of the liquid, however, made us doubt that list. Only aromatic oils, of which the chipmunks are not really afraid, are there. Most of the comments in the Eco Defense comment sections are written by the customers who are not satisfied!

We’ve encountered most of the positive feedback concerning the Shake Away 5006358 Rodent Repellent Granules, 5-Pound for Check current price. According to the description, the rodents perceive their smell as the smell of predators’ urine and flee in fear. People perceive the smell as a smell of bitter peppermint. There is no scientific evidence of whether Shake Away is truly effective. However, 50% of consumers consider it such. We recommend you to familiarize yourself with their controversial reviews and draw your own conclusion!

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We haven’t been able to find other chipmunk repellents in any decent online store. What about bitrex and thiram mentioned by Mr. Williams? They are most often used in large agricultural associations, and ordinary gardeners can count only on the bitrex insect poisons, such as Ortho Bug Geta plus Snail, Slug & Insect Killer, 3-Pound. However, it is barely necessary to use it on chipmunks. There are too many extra substance and additions. Moreover, such insecticides are dangerous for humans and pets.


We at Stop Pest Info recommend to our readers to choose the means of getting rid of chipmunks depending on the level of threat they pose to you and your garden. Often they can simply be driven off your yard, or you can protect yourself with a small fence. Even if the full-extent invasion is about to happen, pay attention to humane chipmunk control products, such as the live catch traps. In this way, you’ll be able to get rid of the chipmunks without shedding their blood.

In an extreme case, use killing traps or shoot. But remember that shooting must be approved by your regional authorities!

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7 thoughts on “A Complete Guide to Getting Rid of Chipmunks: Picking Traps, Bait, Repellents and Preventive Treatment”

  1. SOS! I hear chipmunks in my attic at five nights in a row! I have to wake up early and I can’t get enough sleep because of these creatures.. How to get rid of chipmunks in the small house fast?? My wife also hates them!

    1. Hey! Don’t give up. I wanted to remove chipmunks without blood – it’s important for me and my family (you know about specific women’ reaction to killing animals (even pests ones). My choice fell on humane live catch traps and they worked like a charm. So don’t google how to get rid of chipmunks – just try to use this kind of traps.

  2. I used Havahart last August. I wanted to relocate the critters so they would have time to reestablish themselves in their new wooded forest five miles away. It worked like a dream. I caught six in a day – guess I had a lot of them. The next day I caught 4 more in a few hours. I was mostly interested in paring down the numbers. I don’t mind a few of them, but the whole neighborhood of chippies were feeding in my yard. This year I will reduce the numbers again in late June to catch the Spring litter going out on their own. I have already picked a new wooded lot for this relocation of the chipmunk clan.

  3. If you live in your home, use more versatile means. I do not think that you suffer only from chipmunks, and squirrels, rabbits and other “pests” do not visit your garden. Good advice is written in the article – use a fence of fine mesh.

    1. The advice is excellent, but it is suitable for prevention. If chipmunks have already settled with you, the fence does not save.

  4. At first I trapped them & let them go out in the country. Then I put moth balls around the house & anywhere I have seen a hole & even around the plants on the deck. I have tried ORTHO ANIMAL BGON MAX sprayed on boards as directed & TONIGHT they are eating the mothballs & looking at me WHY???? I took a video of the rodent so not sure what to do – they are killing all my perennials – run out of ideas….Need Help

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