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While chipmunks are cute and fuzzy and sometimes fun to watch, for some homeowners they are also a major pest. Chipmunks -also known as ground squirrels- can dig burrows under and around patios, pools, stairs, retention walls, or foundations causing structural damage. Chipmunks are also known to dig up flower bulbs, empty bird feeders of seed and steal pet food.
Chipmunks are between 3.5 inches to 6 inches long (depending on sex and species) and weigh between 1 and 3 ounces. Most chipmunks have reddish brown colored fur with 3 to 5 dark colored stripes that run from the face down the length of the body and tail. Chipmunk tails are often described as looking like a bottle brush, and are pointed straight up.
Chipmunks mate two times a year, during early spring and again during the summer or early fall. There is a 31-day gestation period. 2 to 7 young are born in April to May and again in August to October. Chipmunk pups appear above ground when they are 4 to 6 weeks old - 2/3 the size of an adult. Pups will leave the burrow at 6 to 8 weeks. The young are sexually mature within 1 year. Adults may live up to 3 years.
Although chipmunks are ground dwellers they do often climb tress in search of food. Chipmunks regularly consume foods such as grains, nuts, berries, seeds, mushrooms, insects, and other scavenged items.
Typically only 2 to 4 animals per acre occur in most areas. There may be as many as 10 chipmunks per acre, however, if sufficient food and suitable burrowing sites are available. Territories often overlap among individuals.
In most cases chipmunks are only a minor nuisance, perhaps stealing birdseed from feeders or pet food from dishes. Chipmunks may also damage gardens by digging up plants, bulbs or seeds for food. In situations where populations are more dense, it is possible for these little rodents to cause structural damage to stairs, pools, retention walls, patios, or home foundations. This damage is done by the chipmunks' burrowing activities. They excavate dirt to form underground chambers for their living quarters leaving structures unbalanced and unsound.
How To Get Rid Chipmunks
You can also use a rat trap by following the same baiting methods described above for the live trap.
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