Chipmunks are small, omnivorous rodents with coloration and markings that vary by species. The two most common types in the United States are the Eastern chipmunk and the least chipmunk, which thrive in deciduous forests, suburban areas, mountainous regions, and shrubby deserts.
The best way to ensure your chipmunk problem is handled legally and safely is to call wildlife removal specialists. Trained in the removal of chipmunks, our animal control technicians not only help eradicate chipmunk infestations but also provide tips regarding the prevention of future chipmunk activity.
Control and Safety
To keep chipmunks away from homes and gardens, cover vulnerable areas with hardware cloth or wire mesh and seal any cracks or holes along exterior walls. Moving bird feeders away from homes also discourages chipmunks from burrowing near human dwellings. The odor of mothballs may also repel the rodents.
Are chipmunks known to enter homes or yards?
In suburban areas, chipmunks rarely enter homes but may burrow under the walls, patios, or foundations of houses and cause structural damage. The rodents can squeeze through tight spaces and eat unsecured bird seed or pet food in yards, garages, and sheds. Chipmunks may also dig up bulbs and seedlings from gardens. They may also nest in attics.
Do chipmunks harm people or property?
Chipmunks do not attack humans, but their burrows may cause structural or electrical damage to homes and other buildings. Gardens and agricultural areas may suffer from the rodents eating bulbs, seeds, and sprouts. When chipmunks come into contact with human habitations, they can transmit diseases, or parasites and insect pests such as fleas.