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what can I do to get rid of chipmunks ?!

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what can I do to get rid of chipmunks ?!

Chipmunks keeps chewing the pool house and getting inside pool house, tried to put some metal piece around the trim under the roof , but they finding another area and chewing woods!
used Coyote mist, but no success.
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Mouse traps I would think. Otherwise install metal flashing everywhere.
Is there something attracting them to the pool house? If so, get rid of it.
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engineered wrote: Mouse traps or poison I would think. Otherwise install metal flashing everywhere.
Please dont use poison. Its killing all the owls.
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Jerico wrote: Please dont use poison. Its killing all the owls.
Good point.
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engineered wrote: Mouse traps I would think. Otherwise install metal flashing everywhere.
Is there something attracting them to the pool house? If so, get rid of it.
they make a nest there, nothing there except couple of chlorine and pool stuff!
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A different perspective? LOL
Chipmunks as Pets?
Get them an exercise wheel to power your pool heater?
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They made a burrow next to my house and I had to keep filling the hole with gravel. They eventually moved away to the yard when the young ones grew up and I still see them scurrying around. They're just too cute ...
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you may catch a few, there are like mice family, thousands of them are out there. you may need to put flashing aloy all around the are they might chew in, and hope after a few try they will find another place and never come back.
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If you live trap them make sure you cross water before releasing them! I had a friend who use to trap them and drive 20 miles away and the darn things would be back next morning in his yard!
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Guess your redoing the entire roof, metal flashing or chicken wire,
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Any rat trap will work - whether humane or not - if it is truly a chipmunk. The roof damage would not be as a result of typical chipmunk behaviour as in my experience, chipmunks burrow in the ground to make their nests. Are you sure that the roof damage isn't from a squirrel. The ground-level excavation could be from a chipmunk. Perhaps your pool house is the subject of a "coordinated" attack...

You could try mothballs as a repellant inside the rafters and near the entry points. I would, however, suggest trapping the varmints as once a squirrel gets it in its mind that there's a nesting site inside a structure, they will keep trying and can cause more damage. My pool house is stucco-clad with aluminum soffits etc. for this very reason.
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CaptSmethwick wrote: Any rat trap will work - whether humane or not - if it is truly a chipmunk. The roof damage would not be as a result of typical chipmunk behaviour as in my experience, chipmunks burrow in the ground to make their nests. Are you sure that the roof damage isn't from a squirrel. The ground-level excavation could be from a chipmunk. Perhaps your pool house is the subject of a "coordinated" attack...

You could try mothballs as a repellant inside the rafters and near the entry points. I would, however, suggest trapping the varmints as once a squirrel gets it in its mind that there's a nesting site inside a structure, they will keep trying and can cause more damage. My pool house is stucco-clad with aluminum soffits etc. for this very reason.
My thought too, have never seen a chipmunk up a low roof. I have chipmunks running around my place, unless these are ninja chipmunks.
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Chipper dipper is the most efficient, and very cheap/easy. Mouse traps are too small, rat traps too slow, they don't seem to care for poison.

Fill a bucket of water up a third or halfway, sprinkle some sunflower seeds on top of the water, and put a plank or branch up to the edge of the bucket so there's something to climb. You can put a seed or a light hint of PB at the edge of the bucket for incentive if you want. Position the bucket with ramp along a travel path, like the side of the house, or where you see lots of chipmunk activity.

Sit back and let them dive in and drown. If you leave the bucket for a day or two you can get multiple kills, they just keep coming until there are none left! Just be sure to empty the bucket so the dead ones don't stink up in the heat. Rinse and repeat until you see the population drop and they stop showing up in the bucket. I go toss them in the ditch near the road, and every single time something comes to eat them during the night - never any decaying carcasses!

There's more elaborate designs with spinning aluminum cans coated with peanut butter, but I find a bucket, water, and sunflower seeds work just as well.
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