Chickmunks!

The orchid reblooming in the house, so beautiful and yet not really even noticed because of the exterior floral scene.

Sometimes as a joke, we call them chickmunks as one of our boys called them that back in the day.

How is it possible, really, for an animal that is so cute, to be so devious, messy, and annoying?

They look like animal angels, that is, until you get close enough to see those sharp, nasty teeth that look like hamster teeth on steroids.

The animal is quite destructive and part of it is my own fault; I feed the birds.

I feed the birds sunflower seeds and the chipmunks and squirrels like to join the party. It is next to impossible to exclude them, as much as I would like to. I just don’t want them in my house or garage. Stewie is of some help, but he really is no hunter.

At least I have managed to keep them from hanging on the bird feeders and enjoying themselves. My anti-squirrel feeder has relegated the eating of the squirrels and chipmunks to the ground. They don’t even try anymore with the feeders. I was convinced that it was impossible to keep them from eating the food from them but I was wrong. The new feeders I have close the feeding holes when anything as weighty as a chipmunk or squirrel tries to use it.

Last year I had to put bricks by the concrete slabs (our original patio was made of them when we moved in in 1987) because the chipmunks were burrowing underneath them and way too close to the house. The chipmunks manage to run in my garage and I think that they, along with mice, were having a good time with the warmer space (until my 5 gallon rodent trapper with a revolving pop can with peanut butter dumped them into the pail). The other day, I pulled open a drawer in my Sears’ Tool chest, a behemoth of a tool collection location, only to find that there was a cache of seeds (almonds??? and sunflower seeds) in the center of a roll of duct tape. It is amazing where these animals will go.

Anyway, I am at war with them. So far, my wars have been with possums and raccoons and I beat them, so look out chipmunks! The mice are done and soon you will be as well!

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.

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