Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northfield, Illinois
Years ago I grew a giant cherry tomato tree. Chipmunks loved 'em. I would shoot the little guys from a second story window with 22 shorts. I learned 2 things. First they travel a clockwise loop over "home" territory during the day. This takes almost exactly 20 minutes. If you miss one, 20 minutes later the SAME one returns. Not being able to do this all day, I tried mouse traps. Not sturdy enough. Went to rat traps. That worked. Then, too late, I learned lesson #2. They reproduce to fill vacancy in numbers in relation to food supply. For example, shoot one, it's replaced by 2. Shoot 2, they are replaced by 4, and so on. They reproduce quickly in summer. After I eliminated more than 30, I couldn't believe I had at least twice as many as I had early on. What a mistake! If you have a cat, they will have fun ... for a while. Then even kitty gets board when the population keeps doubling! It's been 20 years since this happened. I have NEVER killed another Chipmunk. I gave up on cherry tomatos. Be VERY careful or you can be over-run with those little guys!
From my experience
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