Most people see chipmunks as cute and non harmful but they can do
damage around structures.
||Small rodent with two tan and five blackish stripes on the back
||5 to 6 inches, weighing 3 oz.
Chipmunks feed on a variety of foods to include mushrooms, insects,
nuts, grains, and berries. There are typically 2 to 10 animals per
acre but can become very severe in an urban setting with the proper
environment. They have their young in April or May and then again
in August to October. They are usually active during the early
morning and late afternoon.
They nest in burrows that can be as long as 30 feet and there are
no mounds because they carry the dirt away in their mouth. They
will have one nesting chamber and several food storage chambers and
several escape tunnels.
Their extensive burrowing can cause collapsed walls or slabs. They
can also damage flower and vegetable gardens. When they tunnel next
to a foundation and the tunnels flood due to heavy rains, the
homeowner can experience water in the basement or other sub
structure. They can get into buildings but it is rare.
Exclusion methods are the best ways to ensure the chipmunks don't
enter buildings using the same materials as used for the rodent
pests. Ground cover, trees and shrubs should not be planted in a
way to connect the foundation of the home with the wooded areas of