How to Catch a Chipmunk and Not a Squirrel
Here are a few tips on how to catch a chipmunk and avoid getting a squirrel. The safest way to catch a chipmunk is to use a shoe box. Work it into a corner and scoop it up using a shoe box. You’ll want a medium-sized box with a lid that’s easy to handle. Then, place it in a quiet area.
Using humane traps
Humane traps for chipmunks and other small rodents are more effective than poisoned ones. They catch rodents in the trap before they can harm humans. These traps use a small magnet to hold a plank that will fall when a small rodent steps on it. Once inside, the plank will remain elevated, making it difficult for the rodent to escape. If you want to trap chipmunks and not squirrels, there are two types of humane traps: one is made of soft plastic and the other is made of metal. The latter is considered the more humane option because the rodent cannot escape once inside.
Cage-trapping is the most humane method of chipmunk removal. Humane traps come with wire-mesh panels that keep chipmunks inside. Some of the popular traps are Havahart (Nos. 1020 and 102), Tomahawk (No. 201), and other traps designed to catch rats. Generally, a single trap will do the trick.
Using rat-snap traps
When using rat-snap traps for chipmunk control, be sure to isolate them from children, pets, and wildlife. Place bait-tainted snap traps on the ground in places where chipmunks frequent. Place them perpendicular to a chipmunk’s travel path, such as under trees and plants next to burrows. Set the trap triggers to be sensitive and not facing the animal’s preferred route.
When using rat-snap traps, make sure you put them under a small, inverted wooden box, allowing enough clearance for the chipmunk to reach the bait. If snap traps are placed against a structure, cover them with leaning boards to prevent squirrels from escaping. Place a small amount of bait in the trap’s openings.
Using a shoe box
Using a shoe box is one of the safest ways to catch a chipmunk. To catch a chipmunk, simply work it into a corner of your yard and use a shoe box to scoop it up. Select a medium-size box with a lid. Ensure that the box is sturdy and easy to handle. This method will also keep the chipmunk from escaping after it’s caught.
Chipmunks are relatively harmless animals, but they can cause damage if you’re not careful. They can cause considerable damage if they dig into trees and shrubs, and they often feed on nuts and berries. They also eat tubers and young shoots. They also love to construct nests, which you can find in the ground or in logs.
Setting the trap after the chipmunk is actively feeding on the bait
Live trapping is an option for removing chipmunks from your yard. A chipmunk’s food preferences vary, but most prefer peanut butter or other nuts. Place the bait near the back of the trap, so the chipmunk must step on the trigger plate to enter the trap. Set the trap by locking the door and pulling the trigger arm forward until the chipmunk steps in the bait.
You can set live traps by lining the yard with peanut butter, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds. You can also use fruit and cereal grains. Make sure to wire trap doors open. Remember to keep the trap away from children and pets. Chipmunks do not like to be caught in the trap and should be trapped with care. Always remember to follow all local regulations for euthanasia.
Plants that repel chipmunks
Flowering plants have a natural scent that chipmunks hate, and the best way to protect your flowers is to plant a few of these in your garden. Some examples include daffodils, onions, and the genus Narcissus. They’re hardy in zones 3-9 and have strong scents. Plant them around entry points to keep chipmunks away. These flowering plants will help keep chipmunks away, but they need the right conditions in order to be effective.
To keep chipmunks out of your yard, plant plants that repel them. These can range from marigolds and daffodils to narcissus and edible onions. You can also leave out nut butters and pumpkin seeds, which are favorites of chipmunks. Don’t forget to leave out your favorite grain, too, as chipmunks like these as well! Regardless of the type of plant you choose, it’s important to choose one that will fit into your yard.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.