What do chipmunks hate?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

Chipmunks are known to have a strong dislike for certain substances and environments. If you are looking to deter chipmunks from your garden or pots, there are a few things you can try.

1. Cayenne Pepper: Chipmunks have an aversion to spicy and pungent smells. Sprinkling cayenne pepper around your garden beds and pots can help create a deterrent. The strong scent of the pepper can repel the chipmunks and discourage them from venturing into those areas. It is important to reapply the pepper every few days, especially in hot and humid weather, as the scent can wear off.

2. Garlic: Another strong-smelling substance that chipmunks dislike is garlic. Crushed garlic cloves or garlic powder can be sprinkled in the garden beds and pots to create a hostile environment for chipmunks. Similar to cayenne pepper, the scent of garlic needs to be refreshed regularly to maintain its effectiveness.

3. Mint: Chipmunks also have an aversion to the scent of mint. Growing mint plants around your garden or placing mint leaves in pots can help deter chipmunks. The strong aroma of mint can make the area less appealing to these critters. However, it is important to note that mint can spread rapidly, so it’s best to plant it in containers or use barriers to prevent it from taking over the entire garden.

In addition to these natural repellents, creating a hostile environment for chipmunks can also be achieved through sound-based strategies. Chipmunks have sensitive hearing and can be deterred by obnoxious or loud noises. Here are a few methods you can try:

1. Blaring Music: Playing loud music in your garden area can disturb chipmunks and make them uncomfortable. Choose music with a strong beat or bass to increase its effectiveness. However, be mindful of your neighbors and the local noise regulations when using this method.

2. Obnoxious Alarm Sounds: Set up speakers or sound devices that emit obnoxious alarm sounds intermittently. The sudden and unpleasant noises can startle chipmunks and discourage them from staying in the area. There are even specific devices available on the market designed to emit sounds that deter small animals.

3. Sound-Emitting Devices: Utilize ultrasonic devices that emit high-frequency sounds specifically targeted at chipmunks. These devices are typically inaudible to humans but can be bothersome to chipmunks, making them want to avoid the area. Place these devices strategically around your garden or pots for maximum effectiveness.

It’s important to note that while these methods may help deter chipmunks, they are not foolproof and may not work in every situation. Chipmunks can be persistent, so it may require a combination of different deterrents and strategies to effectively keep them away from your garden or pots. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to consider the ethics of deterring wildlife and ensure that your methods are safe and humane.