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Topic: Those pesky chipmunks are at it again!

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Subject: Those pesky chipmunks are at it again!
Date Posted: 6/7/2008 2:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2006
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Over the past 2 years our yard has been overrun with chipmunks.  I cannot glance outside without seeing at least 3 of them & I'm sure we have over a dozen living in our yard.  They are already wrecking havoc by digging in my potted flowers and our vegetable gardens.  Last year we lost  many of our big beautiful tomatoes almost the second a speck of red would show.  We got so fed up that last summer, we set up one of those "swimming pools" and a few did fall in but I'd rather find a different way - like some kind of deterrent.  Does anyone have any suggestions?



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Date Posted: 6/8/2008 10:11 PM ET
Member Since: 4/2/2006
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We (thankfully) don't have that problem....our cat takes care of them for us.... last week she must of caught like 5 of them......

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 11:02 PM ET
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If anyone knows a good way to trap those little buggers, I sure would like to know. We are invaded each summer by thousands of those critters. They eat their way through my flowers. It's so frustrating!

What's the swimming pool thing????

Jill

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 1:19 PM ET
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Sorry for the delay in responding.  The swimming pool thing does work but I really don't have the stomach for it.  Be warned if you get upset by the idea of drowning chipments - if you do, don't read any further. 

We found this on the internet last year when we were searching for a way to get rid of them.  You take a large bucket  and fill halfway with water.  Throw in a handful of sunflower seeds so that the entire surface is covered. Take a plank or piece of wood  and place it from ground to top of bucket and sprinkle it with a few seeds. Some people use peanut butter to hold the seeds in place.  The chipmunks can't resist and will jump into the bucket & drown.  Sounds heartless, but at least you are not using poison.  I just wish there was an easier way. Last year we caught at least 2 doz, but we started when the tomatoes were already being overrun.  My husband wants me to get the seeds now before the tomatoes have a chance to grow. I was hoping there would be another way.



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