Your yard is one of your responsibilities. This means you have to take care of it by cleaning and fixing those that need to be fixed. You will also have to look out for the plants and the grass itself. Because of that, it is important to have tools on hand. Having a shed will be handy for those.
Another problem would be animals that lurk and dig in your yard. They mean no harm to you, but it does for your property. One of those is the chipmunks, and they go to yards to find some food. The great news is you can control and get rid of them without hurting them. All you need to do is do some labor to set some traps.
1. Find Suitable Trap
There are different kinds of chipmunks but because they do not differ in size, you can choose something small that will suit them. It usually has a mesh so that they will not escape.
2. Know the Places
You should know the places they frequently go to. You can observe first by making out their markings and where you most see and hear them. You should also keep in mind that they love places that are secure and hidden, so you can also start there. Also, they might know about the traps if it is out in the open.
3. Have Baits
Before you set up the traps, you will need to have something that will lure those chipmunks to a bait. The bait does not have to be expensive, you may have one on hand. The most effective ones are mostly nuts or seeds like peanuts or sunflower seeds. Even peanut butter works. Grains are also effective as are popcorn. You can also use fruits.
4. Set the Trap
Now it is time to set your traps. You will first need to set the bait at the trigger plate. When it comes to setting up, it will take a little bit of patience about balancing the doors. You will have to be careful for it to be done. To make sure it works, you will have to test it. Then after that, always check it.
5. Release Them
Once you caught one, you have to make sure that they are fed and hydrated. Then after that, you will have to release them. It should be far enough from your home which is five miles according to some laws. If you are not sure, you can ask questions about it. There could be someplace that they can be released. After doing that, make sure to clean yourself up and disinfect, because they tend to carry diseases.
Other ways to get rid of chipmunks:
1. Prevention by putting some obstructions such as mesh around plants.
2. Remove wood and rock piles. It is where chipmunks go.
3. You can also use repellents such as mothballs or Thiram then place them around your garden. Keep in mind that it might hurt them, so it is not really advisable.