Chipmunk Trapping Methods and Bait
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There are a wide variety of chipmunk traps on the market, some lethal, some live-traps. Lethal traps can be lethal and humane at the same time, so don’t let the fear of the chipmunk suffering keep you from selecting a good lethal trap. Even the electric traps, which administer a jolt of electricity, will kill a chipmunk immediately. It is the traps that drown, starve, or poison the animals that you should steer clear of. Spring loaded traps are the most common, humane lethal traps. If you choose to live-trap the chipmunks, be prepared to relocate them to a place far enough away to prevent easy travel back to your home or garden. Also, for the sake of the animal, relocate the chipmunk in an area that will provide shelter and the opportunity for food. Chipmunk traps can be baited with a variety of nuts, seeds, and even mushrooms. With cautious, nervous animals like chipmunks, it is generally recommended that a trap be baited for a few days prior to actually setting the device. By leaving the trap out where the chipmunk can investigate it, you give the animal the opportunity to get used to the strange, metal contraption. After a few days, the chipmunk assumes the trap is not only safe but is a source of tasty food. When the trap is finally set you should have no issue catching your quarry.
Trapping Chipmunks For Live Release -
If you do decide that you want to try your hand in trapping a chipmunk be sure to have one that is made especially for the chipmunk so you are not capturing other visitors to your residence. Another thing to keep in mind, if you are going to release the critter it is best to do this in a treed area at least five miles away. A chipmunk’s habitat area is usually around three acres. Attracting the chipmunks to a trap is fairly easy since they are fond of nuts and seeds. You can even use peanut butter, cereal, or popcorn to lure a chipmunk into a trap. Be careful when transporting the trap and animal to another area. It’s true that chipmunks get a little anxious when trapped. Because of this reason it is never recommended to keep a wild animal such as the chipmunk as a pet.
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