Chipmunk Removal

Although these rodents are small, they are easy to spot due to their unique markings. It can be hard to identify the flash that blurs across your yard. But typically, chipmunks pop up on their hind legs to feed. There are chipmunks across the country.

As the name implies, the Eastern Chipmunk resides in the eastern part of the country. You will find the least chipmunk, Townsend’s chipmunk, Yellow-pine chipmunk and Red-tailed chipmunk west of Manitoba.

Chipmunk Control

Chipmunks rarely enter a home, but their burrows can cause structural damage to your home. It can be difficult to trap chipmunks and almost impossible to exclude them from the entire property.

Inspection

While chipmunks are active during the day, they can be difficult to spot. Chipmunk holes are typically one to two inches in diameter. You’ll often find these relatively small holes near plants or around the base of birdfeeders.

Chipmunk Trapping and Removal

Chipmunk traps are available. Burrows are elaborate, and you can waste time placing traps at the wrong hole. Specific placement is necessary to the success of these products.

The most effective form of chipmunk control is preventing them from entering your home, burrowing under any structures, and protecting your garden or lawn with exclusion techniques.

Exclusion and Repair

If you experience a chipmunk nuisance, it will be in the summer. Chipmunks hibernate in their extensive burrows during the winter. The main breeding season is from mid-April to mid-May. Chipmunk holes are the most obvious sign of a chipmunk problem.

Signs of Chipmunks

If you experience a chipmunk nuisance, it will be in the summer. Chipmunks hibernate in their extensive burrows during the winter. The main breeding season is from mid-April to mid-May. Chipmunk holes are the most obvious sign of a chipmunk problem.

Chipmunk Sounds & Noises

If chipmunks are present in your yard, you’ve likely heard them at some point.

 These pests most frequently use a high-pitched chirping noise. Their ‘chuck-chuck’ call is often mistaken for birdsong. But when responding to threats, you may hear a high-pitched ‘wee.’

Vocal Noises

They have a wide range of vocal features, including squeaks, barks, and grunts. When distressed, baby squirrels make high-pitched, chirping noises like birds.

Movement Noise

Chipmunks make scratching noises and can be heard running around in attics and wall voids. Squirrels are constantly gnawing on objects, which can produce repeated scraping or rubbing sounds.

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Chipmunk Holes

Chipmunk holes serve as the entrance to the animals’ underground tunnel systems.

The holes are typically one to two inches in diameter. You’ll often find these relatively small holes near plants or around the base of birdfeeders. Although the holes are seemingly innocuous at the surface, these can lead to an expansive burrow system that could be up to 30 feet wide and three feet deep.

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Chipmunk Tracks

You may find chipmunk tracks in the loose soil around any food source, such as your garden.

Like mice, chipmunks have four toes on their front feet and five on their larger hind feet. However, as chipmunks move around, they hop and bound, which gives a distinct gallop pattern to their prints. Because of these movements, the bigger hind prints in chipmunk tracks appear in front of the smaller front prints.

It is possible to identify a chipmunk infestation based on the tracks. But keep in mind, the small size of chipmunks can make this a challenging task.

Chipmunk Poop

A final way to identity chipmunks is based on their droppings. In general, chipmunks choose to store their feces within a special chamber of their burrow. But you may spot chipmunk droppings on your lawn. If you encounter these, the scat will be approximately the size of a grain of rice.

Use caution when encountering scat from wild rodents. The material may carry diseases that can be harmful to humans or pets including salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and hantavirus.

Chipmunk Concerns

Squirrels can cause damage to your home and spread diseases.

Property Damage

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Chipmunk burrows can pose a major threat to any structures on your property. These burrows can be up to 30 feet long and several feet deep.

With a series of tunnel systems underground, these burrows can cause damage to decks, patios, sheds, and foundations. Burrows that create open spaces under structures may affect the integrity of the structure above it as the dirt settles over time. The larger the infestation, the more potential for extensive foundational damage.

Beyond their burrows, chipmunks themselves are known to chew wooden structures of all kinds. That includes any wooden item on your property. Chewing can leave tooth marks and scratches all over your property.

Chipmunk Diseases

Yes, chipmunks can carry diseases. The most common diseases chipmunks are most commonly known to spread include plague, salmonella, and hantavirus.

Plague is a bacterial infection that attacks the immune system. You can be infected with this bacteria via the bites of fleas carried by infected rodents.

Chipmunks spread salmonella the same way, which can lead to severe gastrointestinal discomfort and joint pain.

Hantavirus affects the lungs. People contract hantavirus through close contact with rodent urine or feces. If left untreated, all three illnesses can result in death.

A rare outcome from a chipmunk bite is tetanus. Chipmunks rarely bite humans.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does a chipmunk look like?

Both common species of chipmunks have short legs with nimble hands, and expandable cheek pouches used to store food while scavenging. Eastern chipmunks have reddish-brown fur with dark and light stripes on their faces, backs, and tails. Least chipmunks display grayish coats with dark, tawny stripes.

Where do chipmunks live?

Chipmunks live in burrows dug in your yard. The entrances are well-hidden under rocks, brush, woodpiles, or under decks, sheds, and patios.

What do chipmunks eat?

Chipmunks eat seeds, nuts, invertebrates, and occasionally small eggs.

How long do chipmunks live?

The average lifespan of a chipmunk is five years.

Are chipmunks bad to have around your house?

Chipmunks do not pose much threat to people. They become a nuisance when they dig up your garden or burrow under structures.


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