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It's fun to watch adorable little chipmunks scamper around your garden, but these cute critters can be surprisingly destructive. Whether they're chewing up your plants or burrowing under your house, they can quickly become the bane of a home owner's existence. Traditional pest control methods often use toxic substances, but there are plenty of humane ways to keep chipmunks under control.

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1. Make sure you really have a chipmunk infestation

Chipmunks are stealthy creatures, so the first sign of an infestation is usually chewed-up plants and flower bulbs. However, many other pests can cause that problem. If you suspect chipmunks, spend some time looking for clear signs, such as burrows in the ground, often under shrubs, woodpiles, or other debris. Look in muddy areas for prints, as well. Chipmunks have four toes on the front feet and five toes on the hind ones.

Look for burrows and prints Robert Winkler / Getty Images
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