Chipmunk Removal & Control
Chipmunks are usually classified as a pest species due to their digging and burrowing habits, particularly around houses and landscaping. The most common complaints include the following:
- Digging holes and tunnels around house
- Digging up the yard
- Living in rock walls or even house walls
For these reasons, many people wish to have nuisance chipmunk trapped and removed.
How to Get Rid of Chipmunks – Unlike rats and mice, chipmunks aren’t usually in-home nuisances; that’s not to say they won’t occasionally invade attics and crawl spaces. The reason you rarely see chipmunks in your home is because they are burrowers, and are often chased away by other animals like squirrels and rats. Their diminutive size makes chipmunks easy targets for their bigger, bullying cousins. The most common nuisance issue has to do with the damage caused by burrowing chipmunks outside of the home. These burrows are often difficult to spot. Chipmunks carry the loose dirt from tunneling inside of their cheek pouches. By removing the loose soil, the entries to chipmunk holes become invisible against the ground. If built under a patio or step, a tunnel can cause the above structure to crack or become unstable. Aside from the issues caused by burrowing, chipmunks are notorious garden raiders with an occasional inclination toward bird seed.
Chipmunks are adorable and very small animals that are related to the squirrel. Chipmunks are found all over the North American continent and in some parts of Asia. Chipmunks are most readily recognized by their big puffy cheeks and coloring.
As long as there are shrubs and minimal food sources, a chipmunk can survive. Chipmunks build their homes in a variety of different places from burrows with tunnels and dens to building a nest in a hollow tree or a log. The natural predators for chipmunks include snakes, owls, hawks, weasels, raccoons, foxes and dogs. However, even with this long list of predators, the average life expectancy for these little critters is 3 years. The main sources of food for chipmunks are grains, nuts, fruits, insects and berries. When eating, the chipmunk will stand on its hind legs and grid its food down to manageable bites. Chipmunks, like any other squirrel, are food hoarders.
Chipmunks do not like to be around each other; in fact the only time that chipmunks interact is during mating season. During the mating season, a female chipmunk will give a shrill, chirping sound that attracts the male chipmunks. Males will also put on a loud and extravagant show to impress the lady chipmunks. The male during breeding season will chatter loudly and make gesturing with his bushy tail. Ironically, these gestures are the same to issue warnings of danger to other chipmunks or the signal that they are about to fight each other.