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Best 3 Chipmunk Bait

Have you had it with the chipmunk infestation in your backyard? Do you want to take effective steps to get rid of these pesky rodents once and for all? Well, then it’s time to take matters into your own hands. You have to thoroughly do your research, concerning rat baits and poison and approach this matter with utmost seriousness.

In our previous guide, we reviewed different chipmunk traps. They’re all useless unless you know how to properly set up the right bait. Luring chipmunks into a trap requires certain devious schemes, and we are here to teach you each and every one of them.

Many traps come with sample baits, but not all of these baits deem themselves effective.

You can’t lure a chipmunk into a trap without tempting it with his favorite meal. I mean, think about it, If your school cafeteria presented you with stale food day in and day out, would you want to satiate your appetite from there? Of course not! Same is the case with chipmunks. Chipmunks have sensitive olfactory organs and taste buds that guide them towards the food of their choice.

Method of Snatching Chipmunks without killing them

As we mentioned in our previous guide, there are two types of chipmunk traps. Live traps are innocuous for the rodent and lethal traps kill the chipmunk by default. We will always recommend rodent traps that don’t torture the animal, because of ethical reasons.

Bait is the surest way of luring a rodent into the trap. If you’re using bait that has a proven track record of enticing rodents, you’re increasing your chances of capturing them significantly.  

Types of Baits

There are two types of baits: Chemical baits and Organic baits. Both of them deem themselves useful in varying conditions.

  • Chemicals baits, also known as “Chipmunk poison”, are composed of harmful toxic chemicals. The Chipmunk dies a slow painful death after the ingestion of these baits. Sometimes, coming in contact with them can also inflict suffering on the rodent. We will not recommend chemical baits for obvious reasons. Having empathy for all life forms on earth is just as important as getting rid of rodents.
  • Organic baits, on the other hand, are foods that are loved by chipmunks and are found in their natural habitats, such as forests.  Some foods that are consumed by humans also fall in this category.

Bait and Wait Method

After you’ve finally decided on the bait of your choice, it’s time to employ Machiavellian maneuvers to set it up. Luckily, we have you covered there.

The bait and wait method requires patience on your part. There are some preparations that you need to do before you initiate the waiting games. If you don’t set up the bait properly, it will render itself useless.

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Mistakes to avoid when setting up bait

Here are some things you need to keep in mind before setting up the bait to compound your chances of success.

  • The bait should be placed in the middle or farther section of the trap, so that the entire body of the chipmunk is inside, as the door traps shut.
  • Make sure when the chipmunk snatches the bait, it activates the spring door in the process. Loading the traps with baits in large amounts is a no-go, because the rodent might get away with small chunks of it, without activating the spring door. A small amount of bait, on the other hand does the job supremely well.
  • Chipmunks have an exceptional sense of smell. If they get a slight idea that a human is around, they will retreat from their mission. Wearing gloves to mask body scents is highly recommended.
  • Chipmunks proceed with caution when they see new settings and objects in their environment. In order to acclimatize them, you can set up live traps that are baited but not properly set. The mouse will develop a habit of coming back to its usual place of plundering because it will not sense any danger. When the time is right, and the chipmunk is deceived into coming back to the same place, you can set the trap rightly.
  • One of the things that amateur trappers do is that they place chipmunk traps in all the wrong places. Chipmunks like to nest in places which have plenty of cover, such as cupboards or attics etc. Placing traps in these places increases your chances of catching them.
  • Chipmunks multiply rapidly and spread all over the house in a matter of days. Setting up one or two traps isn’t the answer to your problems. You must line-up traps all over your home to catch each and every one of these mischievous pranksters. A couple of traps won’t suffice. In places, where there is a high incidence of chipmunks, place traps in close proximity or in a tandem arrangement.
  • Recent studies have shown that there is a high possibility of catching chipmunks on the first night. If chipmunks get well-aware of the hazards of traps, they will hesitate from entering them. Your first attempt must be well-planned out.

How to keep other animals away from bait

Sometimes, other rodents, such as rats or squirrels try to make the job of homeowners more difficult, as they sweep clean the bait, meant for chipmunks.

If you’re using a box trap, a larger rodent, such as a beaver can walk right in the premises of the trap, and end up getting captured. What could make matters worse is if it overreacts and leads itself to an excruciating death.

In the case of a bucket trap, similar events might repeat themselves. However, in this case, the larger animal would certainly keep its life intact. It would snatch the bait, and simply fall in the shallow waters beneath, leaving no bait for chipmunks.

In order to tackle these tricky scenarios, cover the bait meant for chipmunks with a rough packaging, such as wire gauze. Chipmunks can easily chew through the wire gauze, but other animals lack the dental sharpness to cut through this rough material.

Chemical or Organic Bait?

If all else fails and you’re still caught up amidst a chipmunk encroachment, then and only then, we recommend taking the assistance of chemical baits. Although they are lethal, they are still highly effective in eliminating chipmunks for good.

Chemical baits disrupt the reproductive functions of the rodents, and stop them from multiplying. They are lethal poisons that entice and eradicate large swaths of chipmunks. Organic baits, on the other hand, show clemency to the animal.

You have to immediately dispose the body of the chipmunk, if you are using chemical bait. If you don’t, other predators will arrive and make matters worse for you.

Best Organic Natural Baits

Peanut butter is revered as the number one chipmunk enticer. Chipmunks just can’t resist it, and are quite willing to put themselves under grave danger, just to get a single bite of it. Its sweet sugary content gives them intense food cravings, and needless to mention, nuts are a chipmunk’s wet dream. Moreover, the viscous nature of peanut butter makes it a perfect choice for sticking on to traps.

Peanut allergies are prevalent in the US and other countries. If you have a severe peanut allergy, then there are many other useful bait options that you can try out.

We have compiled a separate list of effective baits for people who can’t stand being around peanuts.

Chipmunks are attracted to a large variety of food, and most of them are available right in your kitchen. They love Breakfast cereals, shelled sunflower seeds, raisins, and they are just as effective at tempting chipmunks as peanut butter.

3 Best Chipmunk Poisons​​​​​

Rats love the taste of Farnam Just one bite. They are easily tempted into eating it. It comes as a solid one pound block which can easily be broken down into 8, 2 ounces pieces. Not only is it effective for luring chipmunks, but also works great for mice and squirrels. If you’ve placed it in the right way, you are sure to find dead chipmunks within the 24 hour mark. You can install it on electronic traps, live traps or any other kind of trap with ease. Its smell is quite palatable for the chipmunk, as it composed of special food-grade ingredients.  One thing that you have to care off is the dead bodies this bait will leave behind. Make sure that they are disposed of in a timely manner.

Moreover, this bait bar is easily concealed within bushes or leaves.


  • Easily camouflaged under leaves and bushes
  • Composed of hard ingredients; perfect for chipmunks.
  • Does not necessarily require a trap to be effective.


  • Contains the toxic chemical, Bromadiolone, which is poisons chipmunks to a slow painful death.
  • Dangerous for pets

Tomcat All weather bait is convenient to use and does a great job at luring chipmunks and other rodents, such as rats, mice, squirrels etc. The composition of this lethal poison is similar to the composition of the bait used by professional exterminators. This bait has little holes inside for easy installation on to steel rods in bait stations. A single bucket can last a whole season. The results of this bait appear pretty fast. You are sure to find dead chipmunks the one day after application or within a week.

You should place this bate on the ground. Make sure that it does not come in contact with dishes or other crockery. Setting bait stations while applying this poison highly recommended.


  • Easily spread around the backyard, without causing any complications.
  • It is composed of delectable human-grade substances that irresistibly draw the chipmunks towards it.
  • Works well for other rodents, such as rats mice as well.
  • Lasts for a long time, and can be used again and again if rodent problems arise again.
  • Cost-effective


  • Cannot be used inside homes because it contains a harmful toxic substance by the name of Diphacione.
  • Dangerous for pets
  • Puts the chipmunk under excruciating pain before killing it.

If chipmunks have started to nest in your backyard, and you need to eliminate them, then Sweeney’s mole and Gopher poison peanuts is just the product you’re looking for. The cone tip enables the user to make openings in burrows or other hidden or inaccessible surfaces for convenient placement of pellets.

Before applying this product, make sure that the burrows you’re punching holes in have a chipmunk colony. You can do that by punching a single hole in the nest’s roof. Look for chipmunk activity through this hole for the next 24-48 hours. If there are signs of a fixed roof or flattened runaway, then it means that it is being occupied by chipmunks.

After you’ve ascertained that the nest is active, cautiously makes holes with cones, and drop a minute amount of the pellets. After dropping them, close the holes with stones. Also make sure that the soil doesn’t conceal the bait. If the chipmunk problem still persists, repeat the same procedure to get better results.


  • The cone feature allows user to easily punch holes in burrows
  • Backyard steers free from damage
  • Can be used for other larger rodents


  • Its use is restricted in certain states
  • Dangerous for pets and children
  • Brutally kills chipmunks, and requires disposal of bodies in a timely manner
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