Alvin and his mates may be cute - but the real guys have me snorting fire! It’s one thing to fight and struggle to grow a garden in zone 3 at nearly 9000 ft. elevation, but it’s even worse when the chipmunks and voles destroy all my progress and I watch all the money I spent on plants go into their bellies. 

I’m open to any and all suggestions to rid these pesky varmints. So far, live traps, essential oils, coffee grounds, and garlic/cayenne tea have been used.
I have three dogs, so I worry about the sonic systems, and am concerned the birds won’t like that either.
Mr. Google has tons of suggestions, but I don't need suggestions. I need experienced folks who have successfully gotten rid of these critters to chime in and give me some real advice.


#5 Barbara 2022-05-18 21:52
In my experience, trapping and relocating them works. Just take them about 10 miles away, and leave them somewhere desolate. They're easy to trap and you can essentially clean out the colony in less than a week. Eventually others move in, but I get through a summer minus the little beasts. Illegal? Probably, at least in some places, but so is speeding and jaywalking.
#4 Linda Erickson 2022-05-18 13:20
I understand perfectly. Raised beds from concrete blocks filled with concrete on heavy concrete base; mesh fences around bed interior with mesh cover to keep chippies out. Fence [censored]s can support heavier cold weather coverings. Chippies are cute but there are LIMITS!
#3 Bonnie 2022-05-18 08:50
Have you tried getting a couple of barn cats? We have one and he is very good at hunting chipmunks and nice. The only downside is how cats typically “play” with whatever they capture before killing it.
#2 Carol 2022-05-18 04:42
Have you tried planting daffodils or grow onions, hyacinths and marigolds. Chipmunks hate the scent.
#1 Jody 2022-05-18 04:39
I have the same problem, and I am at 700 ft. I have used Red pepper, it can be purchased in very large container on line, it does work. Problem after a rain or after a few days it must be reapplied. I have also chopped up an orange in very small pieces and put it in my pots and flower beds, again it does work but must be reapplied.


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