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CHIPMUNK

Damage and Damage Identification

Throughout their North American range, chipmunks are considered minor agricultural pests. Most conflicts with chipmunks are nuisance problems. When chipmunks are present in large numbers they can cause structural damage by burrowing under patios, stairs, retention walls, or foundations. They may also consume flower bulbs, seeds, or seedlings, as well as bird seed, grass seed, and pet food that is not stored in rodent-proof storage containers. In New England, chipmunks and tree squirrels cause considerable damage to maple sugar tubing systems by gnawing the tubes.

Trapping

Trapping is the most practical method of eliminating chipmunks in most home situations. Live-catch wire-mesh traps or common rat snap traps can be used to catch chipmunks. Common live-trap models include our (102, 201) traps. 

A variety of baits can be used to lure chipmunks into live traps, including peanut butter, nutmeats, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, raisins, prune slices, or common breakfast cereal grains. Place the trap along the pathways where chipmunks have been seen frequently. The trap should be securely placed so there is no movement of the trap prematurely when the animal enters. Trap movement may prematurely set off the trap and scare the chipmunk away. A helpful tip is to “prebait” the trap for 2 to 3 days by wiring the trap doors open. This will condition the chipmunk to associate the new metal object in its territory with the new free food source. Set the trap after the chipmunk is actively feeding on the bait in and around the trap. 

Check traps frequently to remove captured chipmunks and release any nontarget animals caught in them. Avoid direct contact with trapped chipmunks. Transport and release livetrapped chipmunks several miles from the point of capture (in areas where they will not bother someone else), or euthanize by placing in a carbon dioxide chamber.

Common rat snap traps can be used to kill chipmunks if these traps are isolated from children, pets, or wildlife. They can be set in the same manner as live traps but hard baits should be tied to the trap trigger. Prebait snap traps by not setting the trap until the animal has been conditioned to take the bait without disturbance for 2 to 3 days. Small amounts of extra bait may be placed around the traps to make them more attractive. Set the snap traps perpendicular to the chipmunk’s pathway or in pairs along travel routes with the triggers facing away from each other. Set the trigger arm so that the trigger is sensitive and easily sprung.

To avoid killing songbirds in rat snap traps, it is advisable to place the traps under a small box with openings that allow only chipmunks access to the baited trap. The box must allow enough clearance so the trap operates properly. Conceal snap traps that are set against structures by leaning boards over them. Small amounts of bait can be placed at the openings as an attractant.


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Chipmunk / Rat Galvanized Metal Collapsible Live Animal Traps with 1/2" x 1" Wire Grid
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201 It is the most perfect trap for catching chipmunks and rats because of its small ½ x 1 inch wire mesh openings (16" x 5" x 5")
$60.25
$37.86
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Chipmunk / Rat Galvanized Metal Live Animal Traps with 1/2" x 1" Wire Grid
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102 It is the most perfect trap for catching chipmunks and rats because of its small ½ x 1 inch wire mesh openings (16" x 5" x 5")
$29.50 Price Details
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Chipmunk / Rat Galvanized Metal Live Transfer Animal Traps with 1/2" x 1" Wire Grid
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602 It is the most perfect trap for catching chipmunks and rats because of its small ½ x 1 inch wire mesh openings (16" x 5" x 5")
$34.72 Price Details
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Professional Chipmunk / Rat Galvanized Metal Live Animal Traps with 1/2" x 1/2" Wire Grid
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102SS It is the most perfect trap for catching chipmunks and rats because of its small ½ x ½ inch wire mesh openings (16" x 5" x 5")
$39.99
$33.93
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Professional Chipmunk / Rat Galvanized Metal Live Transfer Animal Traps with 1/2" x 1/2"  Wire Grid
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602SS It is the most perfect trap for catching chipmunks and rats because of its small ½ x ½ inch wire mesh openings (16" x 5" x 5")
$49.99
$39.93
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Quick Draw Collapsible Nets for Birds, Rats, Cats & other Small Animals
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Quick Draw Nets These nets are a handy addition to any small wildlife control operator. Being a collapsible design, it folds up for easy storage and transport.
$37.99
$36.09
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Squirrel/Chipmunk Bait Paste - for use with Live Animal Traps
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SP Use this bait to help attract Squirrel & Chipmunk into your live animal trap for easier trapping.
$10.65 Price Details
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