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While chipmunks may look cute from afar, they are more destructive than lovable. Often considered rodents, chipmunks are known to carry infected fleas and ticks, leading to the spread of diseases including Lyme disease and even plague. In our area, as a general rule there are between two and 10 chipmunks per square acre.
Chipmunks use their clawed toes and chiseled teeth to burrow in soft ground and destroy gardens and flowerbeds. Especially if you live on a hill, chipmunks can loosen the soil to the point that stone walls and similar structures begin to fail. When chipmunks enter homes, they have been known to chew electrical wiring, tear up insulation for nesting and even eat the grout from tile floors. Areas with chipmunk problems are known to also have problems with snakes, who are attracted to chipmunks as a food source.
In our area, the eastern chipmunk is most common. They are easily distinguished by their five black/brown stripes running down their back – if you can get a good look at them. These rodents are agile and will dart around your home, making it difficult to notice them initially.
Homes in wooded areas are at greater risk of a chipmunk problem. Chipmunks seeking warmth or food often end up in homes by accident. During the winter, they stay in their burrows but are seen above ground during spring, summer and fall, especially on warm or sunny days. You may also hear them rustling around in your attic or inside your walls making “chip” noises similar to that of a robin’s.
Chipmunks are hard to catch and removing them can be risky. Chipmunks are often infested with fleas or ticks, which could transmit diseases to people. We use environmentally sound techniques to get the chipmunks under control and prevent future infestations. And if the chipmunks left any damage, our team will clean up the area and can even repair structural damage.