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Often confused with squirrels, chipmunks are small rodents with pudgy cheeks. Though they are in the same family as squirrels, they are generally smaller, ranging from 7 to 11 inches in length. Depending on the species, they may be anywhere from gray to reddish-brown in color with stripes down their face and back.
Whether you realized it or not, you've probably heard the chirp of a chipmunk, as they tend to be very vocal. After all, these small rodents are found all over the United States. 24 of the 25 species of chipmunk are found in North America, and despite how harmless they may appear, they do their share of damage. Chipmunks burrow and tunnel in the ground and feed on seeds and flowers, causing significant harm to lawns and gardens.
If you're experiencing a problem with chipmunks, call the chipmunk control experts at Western Exterminator by calling 1-800-937-8398 or using our online form to schedule an appointment.
Chipmunks are not too picky when it comes to food. The omnivorous chipmunk's diet is dictated by its location. When they are in the wild, chipmunks will eat almost anything they can find from fruit and nuts to bird eggs and small frogs. When chipmunks infest a home with abundant food choices, their palate expands.
Chipmunks have a particular affinity for seeds, so your garden could be at risk. Additionally, bird feeders are very attractive to these ever-hungry rodents. Chipmunks are not the avid climbers that their close relative, squirrels, are. Therefore, seeds and grains that are easily accessible from the ground are most attractive to them. However, if they're desperate for acorns or tree nuts of some kind, they may resort to climbing trees.
Chipmunks are notorious for their food-stuffed cheeks. These largely expandable cheek pouches allow chipmunks to hide a great deal of food inside. They are then able to transport food back to their burrows for later consumption.
Chipmunks have a unique way of hibernating. They do not become completely inactive, but instead remain in a state of low activity. Some may even become more active on warm days during the winter. Chipmunks prepare for the cold months by collecting extra food during warm seasons and storing it away. Depending on the climate of your area, you may see chipmunks emerging from winter hibernation in early March.
The combination of chipmunks' burrowing skill and their large appetite is a dangerous one for your property. Their burrows can be many feet in length, providing a lot of storage for as much food as they can get their tiny hands on. They have no qualms about destroying your yard or garden meaning that they will devour your flowers and plants with ease. They will also empty out your bird feeders.
Chipmunks are primarily a nuisance pest, but when they become too numerous, the inconvenience can quickly turn into a problem. Chipmunk activity can leave your decks and other yard structures damaged, requiring expensive repair projects. The long and deep networks of numerous side-tunnels can compromise the structural integrity of the ground once they get large enough. If chipmunks are burrowing under your home or business, the foundation could be in jeopardy.
One of the best ways to handle chipmunks is to remove potential attractants from the proximity of your home or business. Wood piles and collections of debris provide chipmunks with a sheltered location in which to set up a home. If you put food outdoors for your pets, cover it or bring it inside so that chipmunks cannot access it. If you leave bird seed out, make sure to do so in a vessel stored up off of the ground.
There are various DIY methods of getting rid of chipmunks on the market, but they are not entirely effective. Missing even a few chipmunks will lead to an another infestation forming before too long.
The Pest Specialists at Western Exterminator have industry-leading training, giving them the knowledge and experience to effectively remove chipmunks from your property. Once the chipmunks have been removed, we will provide you with the most effective ways to avoid their return.
Are you concerned about a potential chipmunk infestation in your home or business? Contact Western Exterminator today to find out about our reliable chipmunk removal services. Getting rid of chipmunks can be incredibly difficult when attempted on your own, so let us help. You can trust the experts at Western Exterminator to protect your property against chipmunks and other destructive pests.
All Western Exterminator Pest Specialists have received specialized training in proper chipmunk removal. Our chipmunk control team is state-certified and follows all state and local regulations in performing wildlife management services for nuisance animals such as chipmunks, gophers, and moles.
Your dedicated Western Exterminator Pest Specialist will not only provide baiting and trapping solutions, but will also make recommendations to help you prevent future problems with invasive wildlife.
For more information about removing chipmunks from your property, contact us online or call 1-800-937-8398.
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