Useful Tips for Chipmunk Control
Chipmunk control can become an obsession for many gardeners. While these creatures may seem cute and cuddly to an average person for the passionate gardener they can become a tremendous source of stress. Chipmunks can wreak havoc in a \carefully planned garden and steal the simple joys of the perfect flower or the great fruit from a gardening enthusiast. These rodents are known to dig up plants and can create quite a bit or damage. If there are chipmunks in your land, it is important that you monitor the population carefully. The population is known to grow rapidly and they tend to make their homes under the deck near the foundation. This can cause serious long-term damage other than the more temporary destruction of the landscape.
One of the basic things to know about chipmunks is that they like to scurry around narrow places and they like to hide. They are curious creatures which enjoy exploring nooks and crannies. If your landscape provides a lot of hiding spots and shrubs and rocks to explore and investigate that may draw chipmunks to your garden. You may want to consider how far your garden design is enabling the chipmunks to dominate your garden and may need to make some long-term changes to the plan and lay-out if necessary.
Those who have tried different ways of chipmunk control tend to be varied in what they recommend as the most effective solution. Traps are recommended by many gardeners. Since chipmunks are rodents, you can approach it as catching a mouse. They are small creatures and a smaller trap works well. You can choose to use a snap trap that will kill the chipmunk or use a live trap that allows you to capture the chipmunk and take it far away from your land before releasing it. Since these creatures are fond of nuts and seeds, peanut butter and sunflower seeds are often recommended as baits. Traps are not an easy option for many people because it seems like a cruel thing to kill an animal for performing in its assigned role in the natural world. There is also the consideration that in some states chipmunks are protected creatures and using a snap trap would be a violation of the law.
Those who feel queasy about killing or catching chipmunks can try using chipmunk repellents. The idea behind this strategy is to make your garden unattractive to the animals. Recommendations of what work as repellents vary from flakes and camphor to hot peppers and pureed garlic. By crushing and mixing one of more of these ingredients and spraying the mixture over plants, the hope is that the smell will make the chipmunks avoid your garden. Ammonium soap, urine of a predator and even Castor oil are recommended for this project. You can try this strategy and must be willing to treat it as an experiment as there is not much documented evidence of which of these is an efficient way of achieving chipmunk control.
Many gardeners also make the case that nature usually works to reassert the balance of the backyard. There is usually an increase in snakes and owls in an area where there is a sudden increase in the number of chipmunks. These are the natural predators of chipmunks and may cause at least some of the chipmunks to change their location. So, you can choose to let the chipmunk control issue resolve itself over a period of time.
The other suggestion made by some gardeners is that you can create a chipmunk friendly section of the garden and by giving them their food in that established area you can control the overall reach and destruction if these unwanted backyard guest. Whatever strategy you choose, it is important to be patient and stick with for at least a week for you start seeing any meaningful impact on chipmunk control.