Chipmunk Control

Chipmunk removal experts

With their big eyes, swift movements and waving tails, chipmunks are probably the most appealing pests any home owner will ever encounter. Chipmunks are small rodents in the squirrel family. They can be identified by the distinctive stripes along their backs. Like their tree-dwelling relatives, chipmunks are active during the day. They can often be seen darting from shrub to shrub, staying under cover as they search for food. 

Also known as ground squirrels, chipmunks are known for their tunneling abilities. They live in complex burrows that consist of a nesting chamber, food storage chambers and escape tunnels all connected to a main tunnel up to 30 feet long. They breed in the spring and fall, producing their litters after a 31 day gestation period. Chipmunk pups leave home at eight weeks of age, when they search out their own territories and dig their own burrows.

Chipmunk burrows are often the cause of damage to driveways, sidewalks and building foundations. Once the structures are undermined by tunneling, rainwater easily infiltrates below the pavement, causing erosion. This can lead to shifting, cracking and the need for expensive repairs.

A chipmunk's diet consists of seeds, grains, nuts, fungi and berries. They also raid birds' nests for eggs. When their normal food becomes scarce, chipmunks nibble on bulbs and the roots of shrubs, sometimes causing significant damage. Just like squirrels, they will raid bird feeders and food left outside for pets.

It's not possible to get rid of chipmunks completely, but control can be achieved by keeping the population down to a manageable level. If you find signs of a burrow, such as tiny holes in the ground, fill the holes with dirt and rocks. This process will have to be repeated frequently, but over time the chipmunk will find a friendlier place to live.

Exclusion is another means to discourage chipmunks. Barriers such as hardware cloth or wire mesh are used to block access to plants or spaces underneath decks. Hardware cloth can also be buried along the edge of pavements and foundations to prevent burrowing.

In some cases, an aggressive trapping program that physically removes the animals from the area is required. Once the chipmunks are gone, exclusion methods can be used to keep new animals from building their homestead on your property.

As cute as they are, chipmunks can be tenacious and destructive pests. Contact Skyline Pest Solutions today to learn the best way to deal with problem chipmunks.