- Chipmunks are close relatives of squirrels, and they generally stay on the ground and dig extensive burrows for shelter and storing food.
- These creatures are small and climb trees and fences (and other structures), causing a nuisance to homeowners.
- It's especially important to keep chipmunk populations under control because their numbers can skyrocket quickly.
- Chipmunks are known to eat both meat and vegetation, of which the pursuit of the latter can cause property damage.
- Chipmunks are small (about 8 inches/20 cm long).
- They weigh no more than a few ounces.
- They have tiny ears and small beady eyes.
- They are covered in fur, most of which is brown in color, and have prominently featured stripes that appear black, white, and tan.
- Chipmunks possess white underbellies and their cheeks are capable of storing food or dirt.
- Most chipmunk species are native to North America.
- While woodlands are a favored nesting location, the small, elusive critters are often seen darting from cover to cover in suburban and rural environments.
- Chipmunk burrows are usually situated near small shrubs or manmade structures, which provide ample cover.
- Regions with cold winters drive the rodents underground until warmer weather returns.
- Until then, chipmunks feed on the stored food they gathered throughout the previous warm months.
Can chipmunks get into your house or yard?
- Chipmunks are sometimes seen inside homes but they prefer outdoor environments.
- Chipmunks require things like bushes and other greenery, which provide them cover. There is typically not enough cover for chipmunks inside homes.
- Their favored food sources, like seeds, nuts, vegetables, carrion, and small amphibians, attract the animals to lawns.
- Uncovered pet food also serves as a viable food option for hungry chipmunks and may lead them onto private property.
Do chipmunks harm people or property?
- Chipmunks are considered a nuisance because they eat flower bulbs, dig for seeds, and consume various vegetables found on lawns and in gardens.
- If their numbers proliferate, chipmunks can damage structures with their sheer number and destructive burrowing habits.
- Foundations, patios, and sidewalks are at elevated risk during infestations.
- The rodents are also known to steal bird eggs, which can negatively impact local bird populations.
Control and Safety
- Gardeners can attempt to fence in crops, but chipmunks possess the athletic prowess to climb over or burrow under such barriers.
- To reduce the possibility of chipmunk infestations, individuals should attempt to remove their favorite food sources from the immediate area, such as the seeds found in birdfeeders.
- However, chipmunks are clever which makes eradicating all sources of sustenance difficult.
How Do You Get Rid of Chipmunks?
When basic deterrents and exclusion methods fail, Critter Control can step in to save the day. Simply waiting for chipmunks to leave is a mistake that only allows infestations to escalate. Be proactive and trust our trained technicians to eradicate the pests as swiftly and humanely as possible.
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