The Chipmunk in My Garage

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The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by The Sybian » Mon May 13, 2019 11:32 am

The stone blocks that dge my garage and driveway boundary settled a bit, and there is enough space for a chipmunk to get in. I've seen him in there a handful of times over the years, and never really cared, because he is cute, bolts out the garage door when I walk into the garage, and doesn't get into any food or damage anything. My father, asshole that he is, told my daughter 3 or 4 years ago that chipmunks attack people, so she is terrified of to go into the garage by herself. Yesterday, we all got out of the car in the garage, and for whatever reason, the kids lingered. I left the door between the garage and house open, thinking they would come in behind me. I hear the kids screaming. They are in the car and see the chipmunk. They scare the chipmunk, who runs into my house. I walk towards the garage, and see the chipmunk run back into the garage. This doesn't bother me, because it's a chipmunk ffs. My wife saw the chipmunk run into the house, and she is ready to move.

I've mentioned this to our pest control service in the past, and they don't handle chipmunks. Anyone every remove a chipmunk? I imagine a mousetrap would work, if I research the best bait, but I don't want to kill him. Trapping him is probably pointless, unless I release him miles away from my house, because he will just come back in. I guess I could fix the garage door situation, I've found two tiny snakes stuck to glue traps in he garage over the years. So, do mouse trap and kill the little guy, or try to trap and remove him?
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by rass » Mon May 13, 2019 11:41 am

Tell him some sexy lady chipmunks are taking a bath somewhere else.

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Post by TT2.0 » Mon May 13, 2019 11:42 am

Anybody else read the title and think it was gonna be one of those "Worthy of mention, too obscure for own thread" type posts?
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by The Sybian » Mon May 13, 2019 12:00 pm

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Anybody else read the title and think it was gonna be one of those "Worthy of mention, too obscure for own thread" type posts?
Give me a couple days, and it might be.
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by mister d » Mon May 13, 2019 12:01 pm

Or you could just get rid of the chipmunk?
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by Joe K » Mon May 13, 2019 12:20 pm

If you change your mind on killing him, just get a cat, or borrow a neighbor’s cat, and that chipmunk will be gone in no time. Cats love nothing more than hunting chipmunks.

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Post by Jerloma » Mon May 13, 2019 12:26 pm

It seems to me that this wasn't a problem until your dad told the kids that chipmunks attack people, so I think simply telling them that grampa is full of shit should do the trick.
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by BSF21 » Mon May 13, 2019 12:44 pm

Hav-a-hart traps. peanut butter with a couple of seeds on the bait lever. Had to snag one in my attic a few years ago.

http://www.havahart.com/x-small-2-door-trap

Even something like this would probaby catch a chipmunk. Put it along a wall or in a corner.

http://www.havahart.com/live-mouse-trap
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by The Sybian » Mon May 13, 2019 5:00 pm

Jerloma wrote:
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It seems to me that this wasn't a problem until your dad told the kids that chipmunks attack people, so I think simply telling them that grampa is full of shit should do the trick.
Been telling them Grandpa is full of shit for years, but he buys better gifts.

My wife ignored the kids being afraid of the chipmunk, because she probably never saw it. The biggest issue was that she saw it inside the house.
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Post by blundercrush » Mon May 13, 2019 6:24 pm

This only really works in dry climates, but it is effective. Fill up a 5 gallon bucket half way with water. Chipmunk is thirsty, reaches in and falls in. because it's a smooth surface, they can't climb out. They drown.

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Post by TT2.0 » Mon May 13, 2019 7:00 pm

would it be easier to trap the grandfather?
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by The Sybian » Mon May 13, 2019 8:38 pm

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would it be easier to trap the grandfather?
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by The Sybian » Mon May 13, 2019 8:43 pm

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This only really works in dry climates, but it is effective. Fill up a 5 gallon bucket half way with water. Chipmunk is thirsty, reaches in and falls in. because it's a smooth surface, they can't climb out. They drown.
Right now, I have a lake in my driveway and my entire lawn is covered in 2 inches of water. Probably not the best time for this trick. Used this trick at a friends house in HS to catch a mouse. Damned thing was screaming while thrashing in the bucket, so we ran the bucket down to the woods, dumped the mouse, and he was back in the house the next day.
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by Pruitt » Mon May 13, 2019 9:33 pm

The Sybian wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 8:38 pm
TT2.0 wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 7:00 pm
would it be easier to trap the grandfather?
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by elflaco » Tue May 14, 2019 7:16 am

we had one get in the basement last year (no more way in - i cleaned out the dryer vent, put a new grill on the outside of it... and sealant foam around the bricks.. so that's done) -- saw it, it saw me and ran into the laundry room - thought i had it trapped after not finding it for an hour - went to bed.. next morning come to find .. that the mutt had found it and killed it.. the mutt has stuffy squirrels she plays with --chipmunk was the right size and color.. thing must up snuck up in the night.. until the dog pounced on her. no puncture.. probably suffocated and beat up to death. fuckers stay outside now.

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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by sancarlos » Tue May 14, 2019 5:26 pm

Pruitt wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 9:33 pm
The Sybian wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 8:38 pm
TT2.0 wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 7:00 pm
would it be easier to trap the grandfather?
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Seconded.
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by blundercrush » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:19 pm

The Sybian wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 8:43 pm
blundercrush wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 6:24 pm
This only really works in dry climates, but it is effective. Fill up a 5 gallon bucket half way with water. Chipmunk is thirsty, reaches in and falls in. because it's a smooth surface, they can't climb out. They drown.
Right now, I have a lake in my driveway and my entire lawn is covered in 2 inches of water. Probably not the best time for this trick. Used this trick at a friends house in HS to catch a mouse. Damned thing was screaming while thrashing in the bucket, so we ran the bucket down to the woods, dumped the mouse, and he was back in the house the next day.
Peanut butter on a coke can with a stick poked through it length wise will work. make sure the can rotates freely, high chance of them falling off and into the water and drowning.

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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by The Sybian » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:18 pm

Went with the old school mouse trap. After 3 or 4 days, found a dead mouse in the trap, but that must have been enough to scare the chipmunk away. Haven't seen him since. For some reason we have an extremely high number of chipmunks and squirrels this year, particularly squirrels. Been seeing a lot of wild rabbits, too. I think the baby foxes need to step up their game. Not sure if I posted those pictures. Someone posted pics on the town FB forum of newborn foxes in their yard. Adorable. Come to think of it, I haven't seen the fox that lives in my neighborhood in awhile...
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Post by A_B » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:21 pm

I’ll ship you my cat. He’s a stone cold killer.
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by rass » Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:59 am

Definitely a mouse in the house. I put some poison out where no one/thing/dog else can get it, and traps over night the last few nights.

This morning the first two I checked were empty and the bait was gone. The third trap was missing completely! I checked around a bit and couldn’t find it, and pondered while I walked the dog, then came home and realized it must have gone under the fridge or the stove. The trap was wedged under the stove, way in the back, no mouse.
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Post by TT2.0 » Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:33 am

rass wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:59 am
Definitely a mouse in the house. I put some poison out where no one/thing/dog else can get it, and traps over night the last few nights.

This morning the first two I checked were empty and the bait was gone. The third trap was missing completely! I checked around a bit and couldn’t find it, and pondered while I walked the dog, then came home and realized it must have gone under the fridge or the stove. The trap was wedged under the stove, way in the back, no mouse.
I read your other post in the random thoughts thread and thought it was about the mouse when you said "She Left. It wasn't my fault."
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by EnochRoot » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:08 am

rass wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:59 am
Definitely a mouse in the house. I put some poison out where no one/thing/dog else can get it, and traps over night the last few nights.

This morning the first two I checked were empty and the bait was gone. The third trap was missing completely! I checked around a bit and couldn’t find it, and pondered while I walked the dog, then came home and realized it must have gone under the fridge or the stove. The trap was wedged under the stove, way in the back, no mouse.
Hey if you're lucky maybe that poison will also kill that owl that keeps you up at night.

If you're going to kill the rat, then snap its neck. Don't poison the predator that winds up eating the rat.

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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by sancarlos » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:43 am

EnochRoot wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:08 am

If you're going to kill the rat, then snap its neck. Don't poison the predator that winds up eating the rat.
Yeah, a couple neighbors' cats got poisoned in my neighborhood a few years ago. Probably from poison aimed at rats.
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by rass » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:44 am

(mouse)

Give a hoot, don’t cross pollute?

Not sure why the little fucker would wander outside when he’s getting fat off of my traps.
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Post by EnochRoot » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:19 pm

rass wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:44 am
(mouse)

Give a hoot, don’t cross pollute?

Not sure why the little fucker would wander outside when he’s getting fat off of my traps.
FTR: I'm sorry for sounding harsh earlier. I had to put one of my cats down today, for reasons that didn't have to do with poison. But damn I cried like a bitch.

That said, don't poison rats. It's ignorant.

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Post by govmentchedda » Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:19 am

EnochRoot wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:19 pm
rass wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:44 am
(mouse)

Give a hoot, don’t cross pollute?

Not sure why the little fucker would wander outside when he’s getting fat off of my traps.
FTR: I'm sorry for sounding harsh earlier. I had to put one of my cats down today, for reasons that didn't have to do with poison. But damn I cried like a bitch.

That said, don't poison rats. It's ignorant.
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Post by rass » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:42 am

Sorry about your cat man.

You know I didn’t kill it, right?
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Re: The Chipmunk in My Garage

Post by EnochRoot » Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:32 pm

Thanks guys. I appreciate it.

As for poisoned bait not killing the rat...It’s not like you left a note by the poisoned bait letting the rat know it was just for him. Poison all but guarantees unintended consequences. Google what it does to raptors (eagles, owls, hawks, falcons etc).

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