Traps and Baits
In most situations, trapping is the best and most practical method of chipmunk control. Live traps or kill traps are available. Wire mesh traps, rat snap traps or glue boards may all be used with success. These are usually baited with nuts, seeds (such as sunflower seeds), raisins or peanut butter. Bait stations and kill boxes may also be used as an effective treatment.
The chipmunk traps should be set in areas where chipmunks have been sighted and along their trails, preferably in areas where they can be separated from children and pets. Traps can be concealed behind a board propped against a wall, or underneath a box. The purpose of concealment is to reduce the likelihood of accidentally catching a songbird or other non-target animal. Traps should be checked often in order to removed the captured chipmunks from the trap and to release any accidental catches from live traps.
After the Catch
Once the chipmunk is caught, it must be handled very carefully. Chipmunks can bite, and they can communicate diseases to humans. Depending on local laws, chipmunks may be transported and released far away or they may need to be euthanized. Often it is preferable to euthanize, because relocated chipmunks will very likely cause a nuisance for someone else. Also, there is the risk of spreading diseases to other chipmunks.
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