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How to Get Rid of Chipmunks in Your Garden Easily

Published: April 9, 2021

Welcome to another guide! Today we will share with you the easiest way to learn how to get rid of chipmunks!

Are there small, shallow holes dug in the soil of your garden?

Do you find fruits and vegetables that look like half food on the floor?

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Have the bulbs you just planted been dug up? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is probably due to the chipmunks.

Their foraging is in full swing in the fall when they are preparing for winter. In spring, they will return, making the most of newly growing and ripening tender fruits, when nuts and seeds are limited.

While many of us enjoy watching chipmunks, they can be a serious problem in the garden, causing extensive damage, and terrifying bird feeders. If you are looking for ways to keep them out of your garden, here are some solutions to try.

Follow Our Tips to Learn How to Get Rid of Chipmunks

The industrious Chipmunks never stop searching for food, especially as autumn approaches, they become frantic hoarders to create a food reserve for the winter. So they are able to stir anything in search of anything that seems edible.

These animals can damage your plants and ruin all the hard work you have put into your garden. If you’re wondering how to keep chipmunks out of the yard or how to get rid of them, read on to find out more.

Learn how to get rid of chipmunks by following these tips:

  • Hide their food sources to prevent them from reappearing
  • Use home remedies that do not harm them
  • Apply a dry repellent
  • Create a barrier to make it difficult for them to access the garden

What keeps chipmunks away in some areas might not work in others, depending on the breed of chipmunks you are dealing with. That is why we recommend you try more than one of these methods.

Hide Their Food Sources to Prevent Them From Reappearing

Hide Their Food Sources to Prevent Them From Reappearing

You have to be diligent in cleaning up fallen nuts, acorns, and berries. Make the process quicker and easier with a handy nut collector or rake.

These food sources can be relocated to an area where chipmunks are welcome, such as a back corner of the yard. Also, keep garbage can lids tightly closed.

Use Home Remedies That Do Not Harm Them

Most dogs love to chase chipmunks. Poles on the chipmunks watch patrol and let them scare them off. You can also deter them with hot pepper spray.

There are many recipes for homemade chipmunks repellent sprays, as well as some that can be purchased. Most of the sprays have a combination of cayenne and other hot peppers.

Here is a homemade recipe to scare away chipmunks:

  • Boil 1-1 / 2 quarts of water.
  • Add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 2 chopped onions, and 1 chopped jalapeño.
  • Boil for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Strain the mixture and pour the liquid into a spray bottle.
  • Spray in areas where you want to deter chipmunks.
  • Reapply weekly, or more often in rainy weather.

Apply a Dry Repellent

Apply a Dry Repellent - Chipmunks Removal

Like the pepper sprays above, a combination of cayenne pepper, paprika, and crushed red peppers can be sprinkled on plants, in flower pots, and even mixed with bird seeds. You can also try white pepper, black pepper, or garlic.

Create a Barrier to Make It Difficult for Them to Access the Garden

Create a Barrier to Make It Difficult for Them to Access the Garden

Use nets on bushes with fruit or berries, protect ground crops with row covers, create an enclosure with corral wire, or even build a greenhouse to protect tempting treats from chipmunks. Any fence must be buried a minimum of 30 cm. on the ground to prevent chipmunks from digging underneath.

Deterring chipmunks by surrounding your plot with varieties of plants is a good idea, their noses do not smell like nasturtiums, marigolds, mint or mustard. You can also try imperial crown bulbs (Fritillaria), but they are recommended to be planted away from inhabited areas like patios or porches due to their strong skunk smell.

Avoid the Traps and Call Grade a Critter to Get Rid of the Chipmunks Quickly


While chipmunks traps may sound like a good idea, especially if you want them to radically disappear, they are not a sustainable solution, so try other less aggressive methods like those discussed above.

At Grade A Critter we treat all kinds of pests and take care of the maintenance of your garden, so if you have problems with chipmunks or any other invasive animal we will help you solve it.

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