HELP! Chipmunks eating roses

shelleyh(z5 NY)June 15, 2010

Does anyone know how I can deter them without harming the flowers. My dog is of no use.

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matt_in_mi(5)

.177 pellets work well and won't harm your flowers.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 11:40AM
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Zyperiris(Seattle)

I don't believe Chipmunks eat roses.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 11:52AM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

We have chippys running around our roses all the time, i've never seen them eat or do damage to roses. Hummmm.
Did you see the chippy eating your roses? If so, can't think of anything off hand that would stop a chippy.
If not, rabbits maybe?

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 1:32PM
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shelleyh(z5 NY)

I have actually SEEN chipmunks up on a floribunda eating the roses and eating my pansies. Do you think a hot pepper spray will harm the roses?

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 3:42PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

shelleyh,

I have no idea what would repel chipmonks. I've never used hot pepper spray on rose leaves, so, I do not know.
Maybe someone else has info for you.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 6:57PM
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monarda_gw

I think they do eat them and also chew the bark around the bottom of the plant.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 9:49PM
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serenasyh(was 5/now Z 8-Kans)

nope! Hot wax pepper spray definitely do not! harm rose leaves. I used to use it all the time on my opening blooms last year! Very safe for roses!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 10:44PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.
    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 10:53PM
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serenasyh(was 5/now Z 8-Kans)

OOWWWW! Jim that is a horrible article, lol! I can't believe you put the article here! Much as I hate, hate, hate rabbits, I could never do the poisoning route to any rabbit, much less a cute little chipmunk! Yeah, I'd love to shoot a rabbit if I were a good shot, because it's a quick and fast way to go, for example, but POISON??? absolutely agonizing. Just reading this article is a terrible shocker, lol! My dad has tons of problems with chipmunks, but he does the humane trapping way and puts them into a walking trail park far away from other houses. OUCH!!!! poisoning a mammal is very painful to read about.

P.S. if you have snails and slugs infesting your garden, chipmunks are great "friends" in this aspect.

Another side note: Everyone, Jim is normally the super gentle gardener, lol! Last year he put up a super cute photo of a chipmunk being handfed. so hence the article I consider a "fluke", lol, lol! Jim probably didn't read far along in this article...

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 12:54AM
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shelleyh(z5 NY)

Thanks Jim for the info. I will probably make a pepper spray later and try that.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 8:04AM
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Zyperiris(Seattle)

I really hate thinking of poisioning the chipmunks. Hey, put some peanuts out and maybe they will quit eating the roses!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 10:25AM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

If you read the article carefully it says the most humane way is to trap them and remove to another location.
The article states the dangers of using poisons. lol
Try the pepper spray and see what happens. Best of luck!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 10:56AM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Peanuts or extra food laying around would just cause even more problems.
And you should know that you will need to spray quite often and esp after rains if you do find something that works in repelling.
If you fail in finding a effective repellent.
Maybe consider the trapping and removing approach.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 11:48AM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

shelleyh,

Please let us know what your results were in the future.
Thanks!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 3:48PM
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serenasyh(was 5/now Z 8-Kans)

ShelleyH, I hope your strategy works real good! I called my Dad up about his chipmunks. He actually likes them and thinks that they are very cute! And yes, he does feed them with bird seeds too! hehe, the "Gentle Dad", lol, and he does what Zyperiris does in feeding and making the chipmunks FAT! The only thing he doesn't like is that they like to eat one particular vegetable of his which is doing terrible this year because of Kansas City's unending rains. so having the chipmunks eat that vegetable and the rains blasting away is not a fun thing. However, he says the only reason why he is trapping and removing them from his garden this year is because he thinks that their holes may be causing a lot of problems with the rain flooding into their basement. But I disagree! It's the unending rains which are causing all these problems with the flooding basement.

Also he noted another thing. Chipmunks sometimes like to eat small newborn mammals. Ever since the chipmunks went to his garden, there have been absolutely no baby bunnies and rabbits infesting his yard. He is thinking maybe the chipmunks took over and staked their claim. LOL! And his chipmunks never touch the roses, so Shelley is quite unlucky in this aspect. It's far better having chipmunks eating newborn baby rabbits than a rose! Rabbits are Kansas' roses number one enemy, lol! The only roses that rabbits won't touch are knockouts, lol! Everything else is eaten to the ground. Little wonder that you can hardly see any roses except for knockouts here! Plant a nice hybrid tea and expect to guard it with an ugly wire mesh fence, lol!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 8:14PM
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run_with_scissors

Cats. Cats are the only thing that keeps the chipsters away. I have 3 lazy, indoor/outdoor cats. Their main activities are sleeping & sleeping. I have no chipmunks in my garden (no bunnies either). One of my neighbors (two doors down) has more chipmunks than she can count.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 9:05PM
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terryjean(5 Central IL)

I have lots of lil' chipmunks in my multiple rose gardens, with bunnies galore. The chipmunks are quite fun to watch, always running around with their antics...I wish I had their energy! They do not chew on any of my roses, daylilies, or iris, but they do make lots of little tunnels.

I also have a pampered cat....who only likes to chase birds. She came face to face with a chipster the other day and merely looked at it. Who knew you could have a picky cat when it came to chasing prey?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 10:00AM
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paul_zone5ct(5)

Chipmunks are without a doubt the cutest of all rodents. It is their cuteness which saves them fro being exterminated like rats, their ugly cousins.

I have a long ancient stone wall with climbing roses draped over them. I have observed a chipmunk picking a bloom off my Leverkusen, and just standing on the wall nibbling this beautiful yellow flower. Cutest thing to watch.

Soon, however, my yard became overrun with chipmunks and their tunnels. The roots of plants were beeing eaten, and I lost a spectacular ten-foot tall Ramblin' Red climber due to chomping and gnawing at the base.

The easiest, most humane, and most effective is Hav-A-Hart traps baited with Trappers' Choice Pecan Surprise (available from U-Spray). They can't resist the stuff. I caught over 30 chipmunks one summer and they all were taken for a ride.

U-Spray also sells a device that electrocutes the rodent, killing them instantly, no suffering.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 10:26AM
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Zyperiris(Seattle)

We do have maybe 1 or 2 resident Chippies. I have never seen them eating my roses. That surprized me. I love the life in my garden. We also have an owl we can sometimes hear..I suspect that's why we don't have very many

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 10:39AM
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predfern(z5 Chicago)

You could try hardware cloth around the roses. I make 5 foot circumference cylinders wired together. Use stakes to keep in place.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 11:21PM
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