Looking for the best chipmunk repellents?
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In this guide you can expect to learn:
- What scents repel chipmunks?
- Should you use a chipmunk repellent or trap?
- Can you use flowers to repel chipmunks?
- And our 4 recommended chipmunk repellers in detail!
Ed has been working in the pest control industry for years helping 1,000's of homeowners navigate the world of insect and rodent management. He manages Pest Strategies now helping homeowners around the world!
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Top 4 Best Chipmunk Repellents
Short on time? Take a look below for the top 4 in our list. Otherwise, check out our buying guide below.
- MaxMoxie Repeller (our #1 pick for your house)
- All Natural Rodent Defense Spray (a non-chemical repellent spray)
- Natural Armor Animal & Rodent Repellent Spray
- Apello 4 Pack Mole Repellent Solar Chipmunk Repellant
What Scents Repel Chipmunks?
If you’ve ever watched a chipmunk in action, you’ll see that between its scampers, the animal will stop and sniff the air for a moment.
The chipmunk does this for two reasons: the first of which being that it’s trying to gauge the air for a scent of a predator, and the second being that it’s using its nose to find possible food sources.
Being able to manipulate this habit and use it to your advantage is an excellent way to humanely drive the chipmunks off your property. 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. By using these scents in your garden as a homemade chipmunk repellent, you’ll essentially “re-program” the mind of the chipmunk and make it not want to frequent that area anymore.
A strong word of warning: moth balls have circulated the internet in the past few years for their effectiveness at warding off unwanted animals. However, we highly advise against the use of chipmunk repellent moth balls due to the toxins inside. Moth balls bear a resemblance to candy, which means that children can easily mistake this poison for something edible.
What About Flowers As A Chipmunk Deterrent?
Part of the fun of being a chipmunk is tearing up the gardens of unsuspecting nearby dwellers.
Many people think that certain types of flowers exist which can scare away chipmunks but in fact, this is not the case. Chipmunks are very attracted to plants in general, so trying to find one that deters these creatures is a fool’s errand.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t trick a chipmunk with a plant.
Here’s an awesome chipmunk repellent home remedy:
- First, buy a plant and devote it solely to warding off chipmunks.
- Make sure to place this plant away from your other plants that you actually like.
- Spray it with a scent the chipmunks don’t like such as garlic
- Wait for the unsuspecting chipmunk to come and realize that it’s a trap!
- Rinse/repeat this and it will reprogram the chipmunk’s instincts and it should–with enough trial and error–steer clear of your garden in the future.
How Do YOU Keep YOUR Chipmunks Away?
Being such a small animal, fear is a huge motivator in the eyes of a chipmunk. This species is always on the lookout for a predator, and always on defense. Anytime you can make a chipmunk feel as if its life is at stake, your chipmunk will feel the need to flee. This truly is the best way to get rid of chipmunks.
How can you do this?
Well, as stated before, the nose is powerful. When chipmunks sniff the urine of a predator, they are instinctively driven away. Now, we’re not suggesting that you hand-deliver the urine of a larger animal, but you can take some effortless steps to getting some powerful scent in your yard.
For instance, if you have an indoor cat, let it outside for a few minutes to use the bathroom. Likewise, the urine from a dog can do the trick. If there are no pets available to create the scent of urine, you can go the old fashioned route: purchase a realistic-looking owl to stare down your yard and drive off the chipmunk population for good.
Should You Use Chipmunk Repellent or a Chipmunk Trap?
While the two products sound the same, they produce drastically different results.
With a chipmunk repellent, you are simply using a type of formula or a scare tactic to make your yard feel uninhabitable to chipmunks. No harm is done, and you can rest easier at night knowing that no chipmunks were hurt in the efforts to clear your garden.
A chipmunk trap, however, takes different measures. Not all traps are designed to kill the chipmunk, but there is always a notion of captivity involved. With that said, chipmunks can sometimes panic inside of a trap and harm themselves. You may have to resort to this type of measure if your chipmunks aren’t responding well enough to the repellents and wreaking too much havoc in your yard.
(Another option we as a repelling device is to use an ultrasonic repeller, which are built to repel chipmunks as well as other bugs and rodents.)
In the below section we break down each of our product recommendations in a little more detail.
Apello 4 Pack Mole Repellent Solar Chipmunk Repellant
Apello’s ultrasonic outdoor chipmunk and gopher repellent system chases away rodents and small animals from your yard for good. These solar-powered stakes send sonic waves up to 45 feet. Chipmunks, rodents, and other small animals hate these sounds, and it repels them quickly.
Each box contains four repellent stakes. It’s best to overlap coverage areas for maximum results. Each stake covers about 6500 sq ft and may be placed anywhere within a yard or garden area.
The Apello ultrasonic repellent stakes are safe for children and pets. And although they may repel cats and dogs, there are no lasting, harmful effects.
Each spike is made of durable, waterproof material. They run on solar power and are fully charged within 8 hours. So, there are no batteries to replace.
The Good And The Bad
- Works well for chipmunks
- Safe for children, pets, and the environment
- Wide coverage area
- Waterproof material
- May not work for larger animal
- Spikes may be easily damaged in high-traffic areas
- Product may not be waterproof in areas prone to flooding
This yard installment uses a low frequency of ultrasonic waves to irritate chipmunks and make them flee.
This won’t harm them (or pets), so you can take solace in the knowledge that you’ll be treating these animals with care.
The Good And The Bad
- 1,200 Sq. Feet of Range
- 100% Kid and Pet Safe
- Risk Free Return Policy If It Doesn't Work For You
- Ultrasonic Repellers Can Be Hit or Miss
- May Not Like The Blue Light Emitted From Device
All Natural Rodent Defense Spray
This spray is designed for those looking to protect a garden or immaculately-kept lawn.
The formula is non-toxic and smells of comforting spices, which deter chipmunks and keep them away from your plants.
The Good And The Bad
- Creates a scent barrier which hinders chipmunks
- Can be used outdoors or indoors with a few simple sprays
- Waterproof protection that's suitable for the outdoors
- The smell can be overpowering to sensitive noses
- Some types of vermin and cats are attracted to this product
- The company has run into packaging trouble with faulty spray bottles
Natural Armor Animal & Rodent Repellent Spray
This eco-friendly liquid rodent repellant from Natural Armor keeps chipmunks and other small animals away. Use it around homes, yards, gardens, and landscaping. It can also be sprayed throughout these locations indoors:
For outdoor application, it’s safe to use around these areas:
- Pool houses
Natural Armor Repellant Spray is safe and easy to use. Just fill your bottle, point, and spray. Each application lasts up to 90 days in dry conditions. It also has a fresh, clean peppermint scent.
Natural Armor comes with an unconditional money-back guarantee. If for any reason you’re unhappy with it, just return it for a full refund.
The Good And The Bad
- All-natural ingredients
- Won't harm animals or the environment
- Safe around children and pets
- Money-back guarantee
- May not work as well for larger animals
- Bottle may leak during shipping, on rare occasions