Chipmunks can become an unpleasant problem for any homeowner and no one is saved in advance from this scourge. These are cute-looking creatures, but at the same time, they can cause a huge amount of trouble.
No one will want to take a sin on their soul and use an inhumane way to get rid of chipmunks. We don’t want you to kill chipmunks. So we have described in our article the more humane method of how to get rid of chipmunks with cayenne pepper.
Getting to Know Chipmunks
It’s no secret that before you start fighting the enemy, you need to study him thoroughly, to identify his strengths and weaknesses. Don’t think that chipmunks are stupid little animals. They can treat you very cunningly and cruelly, and you won’t even notice.
Before proceeding to the method of banishing chipmunks, let’s learn a little information about these creatures.
A chipmunk is a small cute rodent, a close relative of a squirrel. Chipmunks are a member of the squirrel family. There are only a few small differences between them. Chipmunks are easily recognized by alternating white and dark stripes on the head and back.
In spring, rodents diligently examine the surface of the soil, looking for seeds leftover from autumn. They eat the shoots of shrubs and trees, buds and leaves until new fruits and seeds appear.
During spring, summer, and autumn, the menu is supplemented with insects, earthworms, ants, and mollusks. Sometimes the animals eat sparrow eggs, carrion, and there have even been rare cases when they hunted small birds and mammals.
They like to eat flowers and berries: cranberries, cherries, raspberries, cherry trees, mountain ash, viburnum.
The main food of these animals is the seeds of coniferous and deciduous trees. They especially like pine nuts. They feed on sporangia of mosses, fungi. Most of the diet consists of the fruits of maple, elm, linden, elm, birch bark, Manchurian hazel.
You can meet chipmunks all over North America as well as in Mexico. Usually, their habitat is forests, but the fact that these animals like to settle in your yards and gardens will not seem like some kind of news to you and will not surprise you.
The problem of the appearance of chipmunks near the house is quite common and relevant.
How to Get Rid of Chipmunks With Cayenne Pepper
There are several garden tips that you can use to protect yourself from a chipmunk ambush. Here they are.
In the Garden
The most common place where chipmunks most often settle near a human dwelling is a garden. But you can resort to using an elementary way to banish these creatures.
Take a rat or squirrel trap and apply it to your chipmunks. Then, after catching the beast, try not to injure it and let it go, while making sure that the beast is released much further from its home. In addition, you can use an owl trap for the same purpose.
Setting a trap is not such a difficult task. You need to put some treats in the trap (peanut butter, seeds, whole peanuts, popcorn) and wait.
In the House
You should always remember that chipmunks will never get into your house on their own. These animals like to live on the street, and they are not attracted to human habitation. If you find a chipmunk at home, it means he got there completely by accident and definitely wants to get out.
In any case, here are instructions on how to get rid of a chipmunk if you find it at home.
First of all, open all the doors and windows for a while. We can say with confidence that the beast will get out of your house by itself.
If the animal has climbed into the attic, then you will have to use a trap to catch it, since it will not be able to get out of the attic by itself.
In the Yard
It’s pretty simple. A yard is a place where you have some trees or shrubs, fruits can fall to the ground, and also this is a place where there is soft soil that animals can dig and make a tunnel in which a chipmunk will live.
The logic of actions is as follows.
To begin with, try to rid your yard of all objects that can serve as a shelter for a chipmunk.
Then you will need to check if there is food or fruit on the ground. This is what attracts the rodent in the first place.
Then check if there are any tunnels. If there are any, then try to close them.
Then you will successfully rid your yard of chipmunk infestation or discourage them from settling in your yard.
What scent will keep chipmunks away?
Homeowners are very lucky that chipmunks are such animals that can’t stand a huge amount of smells. Most often, the smell of mint, garlic, and pepper is used to scare away chipmunks.
These ingredients can act as natural repellents for chipmunks. With the help of these plants, you can make a special spray bottle solution to scare away chipmunks or just plant them in your garden.
Does cayenne pepper deter chipmunks?
Yes, you can use cayenne paper to make a spray bottle solution to use for your plants as a chipmunk deterrent. This method can help to prevent chipmunks from living near your house. Also, you can add olive oil to this mixture.
Will crushed red pepper help to get rid of chipmunks?
Yes, it will. Homeowners use crushed red pepper as dry repellents to keep chipmunks away. Usually, they send these dry repellents over the soil so that the chipmunks have no desire to enter the territory.
Natural Chipmunk Repellent
Despite their cute appearance, getting rid of chipmunks is an important task. If you don’t take this issue seriously, then your garden will be in chaos and your nerves will be on edge.
We have prepared instructions for you on how to do homemade chipmunk repellent. As you already know these critters hate the taste of hot peppers. So you should take a certain amount of some hot peppers.
Ground cayenne pepper and garlic can be used as the main ingredients for chipmunk repellent. Mix crushed garlic and pepper with hot water (make it soapy if you want), simply shake the solution and use this spray for your vegetable garden to solve a chipmunk problem.
*Bonus tip! These sprays can be used not only for the purpose to prevent chipmunks but for other rodents too.
In the video, you will see how to get rid of chipmunks with cayenne pepper.
Banish Chipmunks With These Humane Repellents
We have collected for you some tips on how to get rid of critters with these humane repellents which are safer and non-toxic.
1 Do you really have a pest problem?
The most common factor claiming that you are faced with the problem of the appearance of chipmunks in the garden is that your plants and flower bulbs are gnawed through. But the trick is that many pests gnaw through plants. Here’s what we advise you to do to recognize chipmunks.
These creatures often break holes in secluded places. Look for tunnels.
They can also leave paw prints – usually, these are the front paws with four toes and the hind paws with five toes
2 Opened space
Try to make the terrain of your yard absolutely open. Chipmunks hate open surfaces, so this is a great solution to the problem. Clear the territory as much as possible.
3 Plant natural repellents
Daffodils and garlic are two plants that are simply necessary for your vegetable garden because they are the best chipmunk repellents that scare away these creatures. Plant daffodils and garlic immediately if you want to prevent the chipmunk problem.
But if there are plants growing in your garden that can become food for them, then try to fence them with something so that the chipmunk does not penetrate them from above or from below underground.
4 Scatter human hair clippings around
Chipmunks are very much afraid of people. To scare away the creatures, try asking your hairdresser to leave human hair clippings for you and then take and scatter them around the garden beds.
Then the chipmunk will think that the human smell from the hair signals danger and this will repel chipmunks away from garden beds.
5 Spray chipmunk repellent
Try the method we mentioned above keeping chipmunks far away from your home. But remember you should spray chipmunk repellent in your garden at least one time per two or three weeks or repeat this action after the rain.
*Other chipmunk repellent suggestions include castor oil, predator urine, and ammonium soap. A lot of these repellents are suitable for preventing other pests and small rodents.
6 Keep your bird feeder clean
Do you hang bird feeders in your garden? Well, this is commendable, but it is bird feeders that can attract rodents to your garden. The bird feeder should be cleaned regularly. It is the food from the bird feeder that will become bait for an unpleasant rodent.
7 Use a sonic repellent
The sonic repellent will be an excellent rodent repeller because it makes a sound that a person tolerates and a rodent does not tolerate. But remember that other pets can also suffer from such a sound.
8 Spray essential oils
To keep these pesky critters away, spray essential oils such as clove, lemon, peppermint, cinnamon, or eucalyptus in areas that you want to stay chipmunk-free. Despite the fact that such a smell appealing to humans, for our little guys it will seem very infuriating and make them feel bad.
9 Humanely trap and release them
If you have particularly persistent pests, you can use a humane trap to relocate them. Choose one designed for squirrels or other large rodents, and be sure to wear gloves while preparing to minimize the amount of human scent on it.
Set the trap up according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then use peanut butter, sunflower seeds, or peanuts to bait it. Check it at least once or twice a day, and promptly release any trapped chipmunks into a wooded area or other suitable habitats.