ground squirrel problem


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Old 06-17-14, 05:45 AM
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ground squirrel problem

I have ground squirrels in front of my entry way. They are using a cracked walkway as the entrance to the burrow. I would like to break the concrete and repair the walkway but I am afraid it will send the chipmunks into the house thru the foundation looking for an exit.

I tried to use bait blocks down the hole. And they seem to remove them and store them but I haven't seen any dead ones around the area. I think they store them?

Do you think sealing their entryway is going to cause me more problems? Or will breaking it apart send them on their way?
 
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Old 06-17-14, 06:01 AM
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Just break it apart; theyíll run off somewhere. I canít imagine that the house foundation is that compromised that they could quickly get into your house.

They probably are storing the bait blocks. There is a tracking powder that we use that would kill them after they run through it enough times but it is a restricted-use pesticide available to licensed operators only.

Donít seal them in, at least not intentionally. Iím having the same issue with our front sidewalk with subsidence; I should have closed it in the winter.
 
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Old 06-18-14, 11:49 AM
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I used like 8 bait blocks a few weeks ago and nothing. However, the bait blocks were 5 years old (do they expire?)

I recently started with fresh bait blocks (Tomcat).... immediately I can tell the new ones aren't as dry and they have a pungent odor. I break them in 3 parts and toss them in the hole blocking the entry way. When I check in the morning they are gone.

So do you think these pests have a back door? Meaning if I seal one end, will they have an exit point?
 
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Old 06-18-14, 02:40 PM
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donít know about an exit or back door but if that amount of bait is being eaten then they should be dead for sure. They may simply be moving it. Is it possible that raccoons or opossums are getting it as they will eat it?

The baits do get stale. Squirrels and the like are hard to bait with rodenticide as it so very strange to them but it does work occassionally.

If your plan is to break the concrete, then go ahead and do that whenever ready. They will leave fast if still in there.
 
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Old 06-18-14, 08:40 PM
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You might try trapping them in a cage. I've caught several that way, putting a plastic lid with sunflower seeds inside. I took them to a wooded area and released them.
 
 

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