Catching a chipmunk using a milk jug is a humane and DIY method. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:
- Empty plastic milk jug (with a screw-on cap)
- Sharp utility knife or scissors
- Bait (e.g., peanut butter, sunflower seeds, nuts, or dried fruit)
- A wooden dowel or a stick (about the length of the milk jug)
- Prepare the Milk Jug:
- Rinse out the empty milk jug thoroughly to remove any milk residue and odors.
- Remove the label and any adhesive residue.
- Create an Entrance Hole:
- Use a sharp utility knife or scissors to cut a small entrance hole near the base of the milk jug. Make the hole large enough for a chipmunk to enter but not so large that the chipmunk can easily escape once inside. Typically, a hole about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter works well.
- Add Bait:
- Place a small amount of bait, such as peanut butter, sunflower seeds, nuts, or dried fruit, inside the milk jug. The bait should be enticing enough to lure the chipmunk inside.
- Secure the Cap:
- Screw the cap onto the milk jug securely to prevent the chipmunk from pushing it off and escaping.
- Set the Trap
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- Place the milk jug in an area where you’ve observed chipmunk activity. Chipmunks are more active during the day, so set the trap during daylight hours.
- Create a Ramp:
- To make it easier for the chipmunk to access the entrance hole, lean a wooden dowel or a stick against the milk jug, creating a ramp that leads to the entrance.
- Wait Patiently:
- Be patient and give the chipmunk time to discover the bait inside the milk jug. Chipmunks are naturally curious and may investigate the trap within a few hours or overnight.
- Check the Trap:
- Regularly check the trap to see if you’ve caught a chipmunk. Be prepared to release the chipmunk as soon as it’s caught.
- Release the Chipmunk:
- Once you’ve successfully caught a chipmunk, carefully unscrew the cap from the milk jug, taking care not to touch the chipmunk.
- Gently tip the milk jug on its side to allow the chipmunk to exit and return to its natural habitat.
- Reset the Trap:
- If you wish to catch more chipmunks, rinse out the milk jug, rebait it, and secure the cap. Then, set the trap again.
- Monitor Regularly:
- Continue monitoring and resetting the trap as needed until you’ve captured all the chipmunks you intended to catch.
Remember to handle chipmunks with care and release them in a suitable location away from your property if you want to relocate them. Always prioritize the safety and well-being of the chipmunks during the trapping and release process.