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Chipmunks are some of the cutest woodland creatures around – except when they get into your garage!
Not only can this be a frightening experience for you, it’s also bad for the furry little creatures.
In this article, we’ll take a look at how to keep chipmunks out of the garage and make sure that they stay outside where they belong.
All about chipmunks
While most of the chipmunks you see look very similar to one another, there are actually 25 different types of these little creatures!
All chipmunks exhibit very similar behaviors.
Their markings are likely to be the only way to distinguish between different types of chipmunks.
Chipmunks often display a variety of markings. Their coats can be light or dark and all colors in between!
They are relatively small creatures, ranging from 7 to 11 inches long.
Their puffy cheeks are probably their most notable feature. If you hear a shrill, high pitched whistle, a chipmunk might be nearby.
What do chipmunks like to do?
They spend most of their days foraging and gathering food.
And, of course, they find a great deal of time to run and play.
Where do chipmunks live?
Chipmunks are very resilient creatures that can survive in a variety of environments.
Found all over North America, they’re likely to be in your backyard.
While chipmunks are cute and fun to watch from afar, they can be a nuisance if they decide to come into your garage!
Let’s take a look at the factors that draw chipmunks to an environment so that you will know what to avoid in your own yard.
Chipmunks like to live in:
- Dead trees
- Leaf piles
- Tall grass
- Underground tunnels
What do chipmunks eat?
Chipmunks like to eat:
- Sometimes birds
- Scraps from human food
As you can imagine, chipmunks will gravitate towards anywhere that provides for their needs.
If there’s an area where chipmunks can find a safe, comfortable home plus a steady food supply, they are happy creatures!
While this may be a sweet thought, you want to make sure that they do not find a home in your garage!
So, what can you do to prevent chipmunks from invading your garage?
Reasons to keep chipmunks out of your garage
Of course it’s annoying (not to mention frightening) to walk into your garage and see a chipmunk.
Are there any other reasons why it’s a problem when a chipmunk gets into yruo garage?
Here are a few of the reasons why you should get serious about keeping chipmunks out of your garage.
- They destroy your lawn.
- They can ruin gardens and reduce your crop yield.
- They can chew through wires, ruining electronic goods.
- They can carry disease.
- They can scare and potentially harm your pets.
- Their furballs can clog your pipes and drains.
- They could potentially get inside your home.
How to keep chipmunks out of garage
So, how can you make sure that chipmunks stay out of your garage?
- Avoid attracting chipmunks to your garage.
The best and easiest way to keep chipmunks out of your garage is to convince them that they do not want to come in the first place!
With a little work, you can make sure that chipmunks will not want to call your garage home.
To begin, make sure that all food scraps are properly taken out with the trash and removed from the premises as soon as possible.
Also, make sure that pet food is sealed, secure, and inaccessible.
The same goes for bird seed.
People often go to great lengths to properly store dog and cat food, but many animals like chipmunks are attracted to bird seed as well.
Tightly seal your bird seed to deter pests like chipmunks from making a snack of it.
- Remove clutter and places of harbor.
Similarly to mice, chipmunks do not like to be caught out in the open. The more places to burrow and hide, the better!
So, you can do your part to keep chipmunks away from your garage by keeping a clutter-free, tidy area.
Eliminate unnecessary piles of goods and objects.
Make sure that objects are turned right side up, and avoid bringing grass and debris from your yard into your garage.
- Commercial repellents
It seems like there’s a repellent for everything, and chipmunks are no exception.
If you want to go this route, you can purchase pest repellent that will deter chipmunks at any local hardware or lawn and garden store.
Please remember that chemical pest repellents have a negative effect on the environment and can be harmful to your pets, plants, children, gardens, landscaping and more.
Use these with caution and employ mindful application methods.
If you’re at wit’s end, trapping may be the next step.
You can find chipmunk traps wherever pest control products are sold, and they’re generally easy to use.
Please consider purchasing humane live traps and releasing the animals into a safe location.
To set a live trap for chipmunks, simply place the trap in any shaded location and bait it with food.
Any small sample of bread or seeds will effectively draw chipmunks to the trap.
They’re gluttons for nuts and sweets!
For the best effect, place the bait in the very back of the cage, but not so that the chipmunk can eat it from the outside.
Placing the bait in the back of the cage ensures that the animal must completely enter the cage in order to eat the food.
Be sure to check the trap often and relocate the chipmunk as soon as possible to a safe area.
Your local DNR officer can help you find a safe place to put the chipmunk if needed.
The shorter the time that the chipmunk is in the cage, the better. Also, be careful not to trap pets!
No chipmunks are harmed with the use of live traps.
If you have chipmunk problem, it’s important to always consult a pest control industry professional to determine the most appropriate way to prevent and treat this problem.
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