CHIPMUNKS

David E. Williams
State Director
USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501

Robert M. Corrigan
Staff Specialist
Vertebrate Pest Management
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

Additional Chipmunk Control Info

 

Chipmunk, Tamias striatus
Fig. 1. Eastern chipmunk, Tamias striatus

Damage Prevention and Control Methods

Exclusion

Rodent-proof construction wil exclude chipmunks from structures.

Use 1/4-inch (0.6-cm) mesh hardwar cloth to exclude chipmunks fro gardens and flower beds.

Habitat Modification

Store food items, such as bird seed and dog food, in rodent-proof containers.

Ground covers, shrubs, and wood piles should not be located adjacent to structure foundations.

Frightening

Not effective.

Repellents

Area repellents. Naphthalene (moth flakes or moth balls) may be effective if liberally applied in confined places.

Taste repellents. Repellents containing bitrex, thiram, or ammonium soaps of higher fatty acids applied to flower bulbs, seeds, and vegetation (not for human consumption) may control feeding damage.

Toxicants

None are federally registered. Check with local extension agents or a USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services personnel for possible Special Local Needs 24(c) registrations.

Fumigants

Generally impractical.

Trapping

Rat-sized snap traps.

Live (box or cage) traps.

Glue boards.

Shooting

Small gauge shotguns or .22-caliber rifles.

Editors

Scott E. Hygnstrom; Robert M. Timm; Gary E. Larson

Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage 1994

PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF WILDLIFE DAMAGE — 1994

Cooperative Extension Division Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources University of Nebraska -Lincoln

United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Damage Control

Great Plains Agricultural Council Wildlife Committee

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