Do chipmunks ruin gardens?

Chipmunks don’t usually damage property, but they may injure ornamental plants when they harvest fruits and nuts. Occasionally chipmunks dig up and eat spring flowering bulbs and burrow in flower beds or under sidewalks and porches. But there are no documented cases of a chipmunk burrow causing structural damage.

How do I keep chipmunks out of my garden?

Use natural deterrents from your pantry.



To keep the rodents out of your yard for long periods of time, Schoenberg recommends sprinkling deterrents like hot cayenne, garlic, apple cider, peppermint, or coffee grounds around your plants and gardens.

What will keep chipmunks away?

Add some spice: Sprinkling cayenne, chili powder or other hot, intense spices around your garden is a non-toxic way to discourage chipmunks from hanging around. Gardeners also report success deterring chipmunks with a generous sprinkling of medicated powder.

What do chipmunks hate the most?

Chipmunks don’t like pepper, garlic or mint. Sprinkle cayenne pepper and garlic into garden beds and pots, repeating every few days in hot, humid weather. Create a hostile environment for their ears by alternately blaring music, setting your phone to obnoxious alarm sounds or using sound-emitting devices.

Should you remove chipmunks?

Some people believe that chipmunk tunnels under walkways and in the yard truly cause damage. Taking advantage of that misconception, some wildlife control businesses will trap and kill chipmunks for a fee. But this isn’t necessary. If you have chipmunks in your yard, enjoy them.

What smell will keep chipmunks away?

Contrary to the noses of humans, chipmunks absolutely can’t stand the smells of certain strong oils like peppermint, citrus, cinnamon, and eucalyptus. Additionally, chipmunks can’t stand the smell of garlic.

What can I pour down chipmunk holes to get rid of them?

If you have chipmunk holes in your yard, filling them in with soil is a quick, easy fix. If you want to be sure that chipmunks don’t burrow in the same holes again, fill them in with gravel or sand, and top them off with some topsoil or turf. You can also use concrete to permanently seal off chipmunk holes.

How deep is a chipmunk hole?

2 to 3 feet deep

Chipmunk’s burrow excavations can be huge. The main tunnel can extend 2 to 3 feet deep under the ground and reach 20 to 30 feet in length. The tunnels within the burrow system vary in width and may run alongside extensive tree roots. The chipmunk is also continuously expanding its burrow system each year.

Do wind chimes deter chipmunks?


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Do coffee grounds repel chipmunks?

While we love the taste and smell of coffee, most animals can’t stand its smell, including chipmunks. This is why coffee grounds can make an excellent barrier to keep chipmunks away. All you have to do is sprinkle them on the ground, and they can help deter these rodents.

How do I keep chipmunks from digging in my flower pots?

Use physical deterrents—

  1. Some gardeners fit chicken wire to the surface of the potting soil in their pots.
  2. For less fuss, try a generous layer of chunky bark mulch or, better yet, river rocks.

How do I get rid of chipmunks in my yard naturally?

8 Easy, No-Kill Ways to Rid Your Yard of Chipmunks

  1. Make Bird Food Unpalatable.
  2. Pepper Your Plants.
  3. Find Natural Repellants.
  4. Get Technical.
  5. Tidy Up.
  6. Put up a Barricade.
  7. Trap Humanely.
  8. Escort Invaders Out.