A chipmunk is a rodent that is characterized by its stocky body, short tail and cheek pouches that it uses to store food. In this article, we will explore how to get rid of these pesky little creatures from your attic.
1. What do chipmunks eat?
Chipmunks are omnivores and will eat just about anything. They have a peculiar taste for food that is sweet or high in sugar, but they will also feed on insects, nuts and seeds. This makes them frequent visitors around homes since most homeowners do not even know how to get rid of chipmunks so they leave their bird feeders outside for them to feast at. If you notice your garden being torn apart by these creatures after having put out bird feeders, take the feeders inside during night time so that the little critters will not be able to come into your house anymore.
2. Should I poison chipmunks?
There are some people who might want to try to poison chipmunks to try to get rid of them. But you should not be tempted to do this yourself because if the poison does not work, it will be left in your attic or shed where you might accidentally consume it and die. Also, poisoning the chipmunks is wrong because they are innocent rodents that have done nothing but eat away bird feeders. They can be quite beneficial because they eat insects too, so let’s just leave them alone.
3. What are some humane ways for how to get rid of chipmunks?
To avoid any harm that may come upon you or the chipmunk when trying to solve the problem of these creatures wreaking havoc on your property, there are some humane ways on how to get rid of chipmunks.
First, you have to ensure that there is a cinch between the entry and the exit point in your house so these little critters cannot slink their way into your attic any time they want. If you see any holes in the foundation of your home or windows with screens that are torn, seal them immediately. In addition, make it a habit to be careful about what you put inside the attic because if food is left out then rodents will easily take advantage of that opportunity.
Once you have ensured all these things make sure to keep your sensitive areas such as under-deck areas sealed off from access by animals by covering them with fine mesh wire material. This will stop the chipmunks from being able to get under your deck and make their home there.
And lastly, you can use a live trap that looks like a cage which you can buy online or at hardware stores. You can put some birdseed inside it and leave it in the location where the chipmunks come from and wait for them to be drawn to it. Then, shut the door and release them elsewhere away from your house so these little critters won’t return back to your yard ever again. Do not forget to take out any glue traps you might have set up previously because if these chipmunks get caught on those, they will chew off their feet trying to escape and die of blood loss too!
If none of the humane ways work, then just wait for winter to come because these creatures will be looking for warmer places to go and they won’t stick around if there is no food.
Now you have learned some of the ways on how to get rid of chipmunks in your attic without doing anything too drastic. Since these are just little creatures that are trying to find existing shelter, it is imperative that you do not provoke them or cause any sort of harm since that may be illegal. Just follow all the steps listed above and they should leave your house shortly on their own accord.