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Chipmunk Problem

Post  carybcom on 5/26/2012, 12:26 pm

Over the past week or so I've noticed holes dug in my garden. Some were smaller holes while others exposed the roots of my tomatoes and onions. Well today I decided to stake out the garden and low and behold a chipmunk ran straight to the base of the tomato plant. My movement caused it to scurry away in a hurry but he knows I can't be there all the time.

To date I've sat out an owl statue to no avail. Any ideas on what I can do to keep this critter from ruining my garden? So far the only casualty has been an almost ripe roma tomato? I'm open to any and all suggestions.



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Post  camprn on 5/26/2012, 1:16 pm

Half of my chipmunk problem left my yard this morning in the mouth of the neighbor's cat. Shocked


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Post  hruten on 5/26/2012, 2:55 pm

Hiya, I believe I could probably set the record for chipmunks in our yard. I can spot at least 2 at any given time!!What a Face

That being said, I too have been fighting them digging up my crops all spring. I think I have found the solution though. MESH of any sort. I had some old orange bags on hand and cut them to fit around the plants as a ground cover... so far it has worked. With that in mind, using tulle would work too or up to a 2" square netting product. It seems with my guys, if they don't have room to comfortably dig, they move on.

BTW, I tried hot pepper flakes and powder.... it didn't phase them and the pepper seeds started sprouting!!!Shocked I was watering a couple of days ago and didn't pay attention to where the hose was. A few minutes later a very WET chipmunk paid me a visit. It was a wonderful reward for me!

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Re: Chipmunk Problem

Post  Lindacol on 5/26/2012, 3:35 pm

Several here have recommended the Scarecrow motion activated sprinkler.


Watch the videos - it might be worth a try.

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Re: Chipmunk Problem

Post  Daniel9999 on 5/26/2012, 9:01 pm

I have found these organic pest control devices to be quite effective on of all kinds of rodent pests in the garden (squirrels,chipmunks,voles, ect....)

I have quite a fair number of these devices roaming the apartment complex garden here and so far have not a single problem with squirrels and chipmunks.

Of course they also find MM to be the perfect medium for elimination of their waste material and can become something of a garden pest problem themselves...

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Post  carybcom on 5/28/2012, 7:47 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll give them a try. They are driving me crazy.

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Re: Chipmunk Problem

Post  Coelli on 5/28/2012, 9:12 pm

I don't have anything producing in my garden yet (it's the first year for us), but we live in a pretty dry climate with plenty of small wildlife. Something was eating my two basil plants (they share a pot) so I got bamboo trellis for the pot and covered it with tulle. Those two plants have come back so quickly I need to harvest them because they're running out of room in there! They've remained almost entirely pest-free thanks to the tulle.

We came home on Mother's Day and something had stripped my new baby habanero pepper. I stuck some pieces of PVC in the soil around it (it's also potted) and put bird mesh over it. It hasn't been touched since. I will probably get a tomato cage soon to mount the mesh to.

All 3 of my potted tomatoes have bird mesh around the cages that go well below the rims of the pots, since at the same time the habanero was eaten some of the tomato leaves were, too. The bird mesh has kept them untouched.

So far the zucchini hasn't been touched, or the strawberry plants (I haven't let them flower) though my culprit has turned out to be a squirrel and it does dig in those tubs. I've found corn in them - someone must have a feeder nearby.

Both of my 4x4 beds are completely enclosed, trellises and all, by bird mesh. I left a gap once and some of my baby radish tops and peas became casualties. I'm much more careful now and so far, so good.

In fact, I have seen that squirrel(s) 3 times today, eating the grass next to one of the beds. I think he's just thirsty. It's hot and dry, and it's only going to get worse.

Anyway, I expect that before long I'll need to protect the zucchini, strawberry, and the pumpkin that just joined them outside. This is going to be an interesting summer...

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Post  bullfrogbabe on 5/28/2012, 9:52 pm

I lost all my snap pea shoots and strawberries (while still green) to chipmunks last year. My gardens are along the edge of the forested part of my lot, so we have many many chipmunks and red squirrels.

Well I decided to wage war on the offending pests.....I set a large plastic V-trap (without any bait) in the garden by the snap peas until they came up and then in the strawberry box. Only the offenders that travelled through the garden that checked out the trap would be wacked.

I killed approximately 30 chipmunks .....and I did not use any peanut butter, just placed the set trap in the garden boxes being predated. There are still signs of chipmunks this year and I still see them around so I know I hardly put a dint in their population. My snap peas made it out of the ground this year without being all eaten, so it looks like I caught the ones that were conditioned to eating them.....now we'll have to see if I get some strawberries I love you .

They are digging a bit but that has lessened now that I have put the deer mesh back up. Maybe things will be different this year? Well at least until the chipmunks learn that there's food in the those boxy things.....

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Post  Coelli on 5/29/2012, 10:20 pm

Grrrr... one of the only lemons on my dwarf lemon tree was downed by the squirrel today. What's worse is apparently he doesn't like green lemons; after removing it from the tree and taking a couple of bites (complete with teeth marks) he just left it in the pot by the trunk. Sad

I had some extra plastic gutter guard, so I encircled the rim of the pot with it. Maybe it will be spiky and unstable enough that the squirrel won't want to climb it.

I definitely smell trouble coming with the strawberries, zucchini, and pumpkin...

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Post  herblover on 5/30/2012, 8:39 am

No problem with my veggie garden, which is a raised box with a chicken wire fencing on top of it. However, they aparently don't care for my color scheme with the impatiens; every day 2 or 3 have been dug up and have to be replanted. It won't be a problem once they are well rooted, but were just planted a week ago.

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