Protecting plants from chipmunks

summertime2006June 2, 2007

I have a fence around my garden about 2-3 feet high and the mesh on the fence is no bigger than a dime.

The chipmunks can just jump right up and over the fence and get inside.

Once inside they take plants like tomatoes and watermelons and bite them off at the roots and leave them laying there. So your little transplant is ruined.

I hate chipmunks.

Just wondering if anyone has found a way of keepng these pests out of thier garden?

Thanks

Jim

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clockwork

Fences, traps, baits, covers..whatever, they all just SIT THERE. You want elimination or guard? Here ya go.


Yer welcome :)

Clock

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 12:08PM
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blueberrier1

Bubbleicious (sp?) scattered about your plot should lead to their demise. Just open a five piece pack-no need to unwrap. I get a large box from Sams/Costco. Watermelon and strawberry flavors have worked for me. Also works on other rodents: groundhogs and squirrels esp. I tried it when I noted evidence of rats in the compost bin and no longer have evidence...the bubble gum pieces were gone in one day.

Message gets to the other varmints/rodents in your area. Seems like the critters stay in the woods but not in ones garden. A bite from one of these animals can be deadly, so no petting.

Clock, love your cat-probably a bit higher maintenance than the bubblegum-but more fun!
cella jane

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 3:04PM
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lilacs_of_may

Whoa, Clock! Those are HUGE Maine Coons! How big are they? I have a 17 pounder MC, but I think even he's dwarfed by your guys. Where did you get them?

To get back to the subject, I've had some success with Liquid Fence and Hot Pepper Wax.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 9:51PM
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darkcloud

did you see the chipmunks doing this? i think maybe it was cutworms? i had chipmunks in my garden before they never bothered anything

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 10:36PM
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Joeray(Z9 LA)

Blueberrier1, are you referring to chewing gum when you say Bubbleicious? I have big problems with squirrels digging up everything in my yard, including the garden.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 11:13PM
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ole_dawg(7 UpCountry SC)

Same question here, Bubble Gum? Also how does it keep them away?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 11:24PM
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summertime2006

What is that a 100 pound cat!

You are pretty clock!

Thanks for the bubble gum tip I might try that one blueberrier!

I can't be 100% sure but there is no damage like this until I start seeing the chipmunks...and the tomato plants that I protect with screens around thier bases never get damaged.

Not only do the chipmunks get into the garden they dig holes all around our house and yard and even got into our car's air filter!

If you are not infested with these pests be glad.

Jim

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 2:45AM
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blueberrier1

Hello fellow rodent challenged. The Bubblicious is the bubblegum. The box I buy has packs with five pieces each.

The bubblegum cannot be processed by rodents and thus plugs the sphincter muscle/valve that is between the stomach and the small intestine. Thus, their demise.

The person who told me of this treatment endorsed this particular brand of bubble gum (he was not an employee, etc.) for groundhogs...which were a plague where we lived in MD. I then tried it on the chipmunks which would come up to my back door and help themselves to any plant I was coddling. For groundhogs, I had to regularly supply 'gum, as a huge community lived on the rocky shelves in the adjacent pasture. Some seemed to be rabid.

You'll LOL at the next hint this person suggested: 'feed' the rodents very salty potato chips as it will kill them. I put chips out, and they were gone the next day,(roaming dogs, cats?) but not the chipmunks-so someone needs to do a study.

Each summer, I resorted to the bubblegum, because if one rodent was not a problem, another would take its place. The squirrels one year fell in love with almost ripe peaches and asian pears. Again the bubblegum ended their adventures.

Good luck...I do believe the bubblegum is less expensive than a few other ideas-but it is great that there are so many options.

cella jane

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 4:47PM
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kubotabx2200(Zone 5b NH)

This year I am trying peanut butter mixed with Plaster of Paris

Rat traps baited with peanut butter also work well.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 7:16PM
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lilacs_of_may

I may try the Bubblicious. The squirrels are stripping my peach tree. Do you chew it up first, or do you just leave a stick out? What about those round gumballs?

No chance this would hurt stray cats, would it? I mean, I don't want the stray cats hurt, so I won't try it if it might.

(Obviously, I'm a cat person.)

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 9:49PM
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Joeray(Z9 LA)

Double Bubble bubble gum does not work for grey squirrels. I've put it out in several places and they ignore it while they dig up my potted plants. I'll have to go back to the peanut butter and plaster of paris. It's more trouble but I know they'll eat it.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2007 at 1:16PM
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paulster2626(4-5)

"The bubblegum cannot be processed by rodents and thus plugs the sphincter muscle/valve that is between the stomach and the small intestine. Thus, their demise. "

This sounds like a horrible way to die. Perhaps growing enough food for both yourself and the animals would be more humane. I hope my garden is left alone, but I do realize that I am growing things in other creatures' habitat. I know people can get pretty obsessed with their gardens, but is the death of any animal worth a few tomatoes or a cucumber?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2007 at 7:42PM
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karenrei

I've heard that gum thing in many places. I've heard that it's a myth in just as many. It doesn't seem scientifically sound; there's nothing fundamentally different about a rodent's digestive system that would turn gum from harmless to lethal.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2007 at 10:38PM
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kubotabx2200(Zone 5b NH)

The peanut butter + plaster of Paris however kills rodents and kills them very quickly. I think it is either due to the strongly exothermic reaction overheating their bodies, or the overdose of calcium ions stopping the heart, or both. I do not believe as some have theorized, that it stops up their digestive tract causing some sort of blockage. It works too fast for that. When wet the balls get thicker and rubbery but to not actually harden like cement.

By the way paulster2626 chipmunks in the garden are invading my habitat not the other way around. My garden is my pantry and I feed my family with it during 5 months out of the year. Rodents would take food off my childrens' plates, if I allowed it. Death to all chipmunks.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2007 at 11:23PM
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skyblue

I HAVE HEARD THAT YOU GO TO A GARDEN SHOP AND GET COYOTE URINE. IT COMES EITHER FLUID OR SHAKER. SPREAD AROUND AND IITS SUPPOSED TO MAKE THE CRITTERS LEAVE.. IM OFF TOMORROW FOR THE GARDEN SHOP. I REALLY DONT WANT TO HURT THEM/

    Bookmark   July 3, 2007 at 2:33AM
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sarahlynnwhite

i have three cats and many chipmunks live in my rock wall behind my garden, funny enough i never find any in my garden, at any point of the day you can find at least one of the cats posted outside one of the many sighting spots of the chipmunks watching and waiting. i never see them, unless they are dead that is. you should really consider getting a cat. many times i can see all three of them, posted at different portions of the wall, it is kinda funny to see cause you just know what they are looking for.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2007 at 6:19PM
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taliabob_comcast_net

is the bubblegum pet-safe? I have a dog

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 8:43PM
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Lisa1601

It is NOT necessary to kill them! There is a rather easy and natural way to keep chipmunks away from your tomato plant. All you need is a pint of water, a clove of minced garlic and 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper. Keep the mixture lightly-sealed for 48 hours. Spray your tomato plants with it once weekly. Obviously, it's perfectly safe for you to eat the tomatoes when using this. I also use this on my Hibiscus buds and rose buds which, I guess, are also "tasty".
Reference: www.gardenguides.com

    Bookmark   August 10, 2013 at 11:54AM
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susanzone5(z5NY)

How do they collect animal urine for sale? They are kept in cages and the urine is collected under the cage. Just fyi.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2013 at 2:34PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

"Once inside they take plants like tomatoes and watermelons and bite them off at the roots and leave them laying there."

That sounds more like voles than chipmunks. The back part of my lot is wooded, so they (and pretty much every rodent indigenous to my area) are a persistent problem for me.

When I first see damage, I put out rat traps baited with pieces of dried apricot. Whether voles or chipmunks, I usually catch them in a day or two. The same bait works on groundhogs, for the live trap. The smell of dried apricots seems to be irresistible to rodents.

My garden provides a large part of my family's diet. Animals are free to wander my garden, as long as they don't eat much. If they abuse that hospitality, their presence will no longer be tolerated. I won't release them elsewhere to become someone else's problem, and I won't use poisons... but if I can't fence them out, they get a quick death.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 3:28AM
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Stuffedcritter

Dump my vacuum around my beds loaded with dog and cat fur. Moth balls in my garage to keep the dirty little buggers out.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 3:02AM
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pattypan(z6b CT)

when the chipmunks came the voles and moles left ( or maybe it was the other way around). maybe the voles left because i was pouring my urine down their holes. after the chipmunks dined on my tomatoes i finally shot one and tossed pieces of it around the garden perimeter. didn't see any for the rest of the season. i'll have to research the plaster of paris bait. i'm not into causing pain, but a quick death will do.
so far this year, no chipmunk damage to tomatoes. but i think a few got a zuke....

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 11:07AM
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