Chipmunks are one of the smallest members of the squirrel family, weighing in at just one to five ounces each. They’re especially common across North America and can tolerate a variety of habitats and climates. You may know them best from their features across Disney characters including Chip & Dale and Alvin & the Chipmunks, likely because chipmunks are one of the most naturally cute pests you may encounter. Here’s what you need to know if you suspect you have a chipmunk on the loose in or around your property. Visit at howtogetridofchipmunk.com to learn more about chipmunks.
Like moles, chipmunks are known for digging elaborate underground tunnels where they spend most of their time. They’ll often drag foliage over the tunnels’ openings to contribute to camouflage. Unfortunately for chipmunks, their small size makes them a target for many larger animals like foxes, raccoons, coyotes, and owls. As they patrol your property for food, they’re constantly at risk of attack from a larger predator. Their main defense is their speed, which allows them to outrun the predator in many cases.
Chipmunks are similar to moles in that they’re especially destructive in yards and gardens. Their elaborate tunnels are an eyesore and also destabilize the ground you walk on—or, in some cases, even the foundation of your house. You may also notice tiny pawprints and the remains of foliage or seeds that have been eaten. Chipmunks will eat pretty much anything, aiding in their destruction of your natural landscaping or garden crops.
Our chipmunk removal process
We’ll begin our removal process with a thorough inspection of your space to identify the scope of the problem. We assess each unique situation to decide whether the best course of action involves trapping chipmunk, natural or chemical deterrents, or something else altogether. Fencing can also be effective at keeping chipmunks out of specific areas like gardens or yards, although it may be less effective at keeping them out of an expansive space.
While there are several DIY chipmunk remedies on the market, we’d caution against attempting to use these products as they’re often ineffective and typically don’t specifically target the chipmunks. In your attempt to rid your yard of the pest, you may inadvertently affect the habitats of other natural creatures or even your own pets. It’s safer and more reliable to bring in a team of professionals with specific experience dealing with chipmunks in Connecticut.
At Gray Brothers Wildlife LLC, our entire process is designed to be both effective and humane for the animal involved. Our state-of-the-art technology, including drones, field cameras, borescopes, and thermal imaging allows us to gain a more thorough understanding of the problem before we begin, helping to ensure success and a smooth process for everyone involved. From start to finish, we carefully follow all applicable laws and regulations that govern the chipmunks’ removal.
Chipmunk Trapping and Prevention
We’re all familiar with the adorable duo of Chip and Dale, which is why most of us think of chipmunks as these tiny little furries that are nothing short of adorable. And that’s largely true, but that doesn’t make them a desirable houseguest for most property owners. In fact, the presence of chipmunks can expose you and your family to various grave illnesses, as well as lead to some damage to your property. To learn more about how to get rid of chipmunks.
This is why, in this article, Gray Brothers Wildlife will show you some common and efficient techniques for trapping, removing, and preventing chipmunks on your property.
Personally, we always recommend opting for humane trapping options, also known as live trapping. By using a one-way trap to capture the pesky chipmunk, you’re making sure the animal can’t bother you or yours, without actually harming it. We believe that poisoning or killing an animal is pointlessly inhumane, so we urge our customers who want to attempt DIY trapping to opt for humane alternatives.
Whenever attempting to deal with a wild animal yourself, we advise that you wear protective gear, such as rubber gloves, thick boots, long sleeves, etc.
Call a professional
When you discover there’s a chipmunk or a family of chipmunks living on your property, the best thing you can do is call for professional help. While DIY methods are all good and well, they tend to be less efficient than the work of a professional wildlife removal company, such as Gray Brothers Wildlife.
Yes, overall, wildlife removal companies tend to be a little more pricey, but at the same time, you get a lot more bang for your buck. For one thing, with DIY methods, there’s always the risk of it not working. Whereas, if you call a pro, you’re practically ensured safe and thorough chipmunk removal.
What’s more, a professional wildlife removal company will also help with other adjacent tissues, such as identifying the entry point of the chipmunk, cleaning up the damage, and advising you on future prevention.
Some homeowners have also had moderate success with natural repellents, such as daffodils. The smell usually is repugnant to chipmunks, and so planting the flowers in your garden can be an efficient method to deter them from approaching.
You can alternatively go with professional store-bought deterrents, although in our experience, these only have moderate success.
Another highly efficient method to keep chipmunks (as well as other unwanted animals) out and off your property is to fence up. By using a rodent-resistant fence to surround your property, you’re adding that extra layer of protection that can safeguard you and your property from unwanted guests. What we love about fencing is that it doesn’t just work against one animal, say chipmunks. Rather, once you’ve put up a fence, it will keep other animals out as well, which makes it one of the most effective prevention methods in existence, at the moment.
Reinforce your foundation
While chipmunks aren’t overly aggressive and don’t normally pose a threat to you and yours, they do come with one major problem – they’re big burrowers. That means that if they take a liking to your property, they’re quite likely to begin burrowing under it, in order to gain access inside. This is why experts recommend using footers to reinforce your foundation.
Also, you’ll want to do a regular inspection of your property and immediate surroundings. We recommend keeping an eye out on cracks, tears, and other potential entry points in the walls, foundation, or the window structures. The sooner you spot these, the less time you give wild animals to enter your home and cause much more serious problems.