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Michigan Chipmunk Removal Services

 

Chipmunks have been commonly known to dig in flower beds and around areas of lawns. Occasionally they can chew on siding or soffits to create an opening into a home attic space or wall cavities. chipmunks get into rain gutters to store food or to make their way onto a roof line.

Chipmunks have several entries and exits to their burrow system. If these burrows go beneath concrete (slabs, walkways, driveways, pool decks etc.), rain and other natural influences will cause areas of soil to expand and contract, eventually leading to cracks and other damage to the concrete.

Of the 25 species of chipmunks, all but one, Asia’s Tamias sibiricus, is found in North America. Ranging from Canada to Mexico, they are generally seen scampering through the undergrowth of a variety of environments from alpine forests to shrubby deserts. Some dig burrows to live in, complete with tunnels and chambers, while others make their homes in nests, bushes, or logs.

Wildlife trapping for chipmunk control

 

Depending on species, chipmunks can be gray to reddish-brown in color with contrasting dark and light stripes on the sides of their face and across their back and tail. Their life span in the wild ranges on average from 2-3 years and weigh only 1 to 5 ounces.

Chipmunks generally gather food on the ground in areas with underbrush, rocks, and logs, where they can hide from predators like hawks, foxes, coyotes, weasels, and snakes. They feed on insects, nuts, berries, seeds, fruit, and grain which they stuff into their generous cheek pouches and carry to their burrow or nest to store. Chipmunks hibernate, but instead of storing fat, they periodically dip into their cache of nuts and seeds throughout the winter.

Their shrill, repeated, birdlike chirp is usually made upon sensing a threat but is also thought to be used as a mating call by females. Chipmunks are solitary creatures and normally ignore one another except during the spring, when mating takes place. After a 30-day gestation, a litter of two to eight is born. The young stay with their parents for two months before they begin to gather their own provisions for the winter ahead.

Chipmunk rodents eat seeds, nuts and fruits, and gather these things all year long to store in their caches.  If you enjoy a birdfeeder, they will be quite annoying to you. They also eat pet food, bird eggs and hatchlings. These little animals will readily eat the eggs and young offspring of birds.

Chipmunks destroy gardens with their ceaseless search for food to eat and food to store, they will dig up bulbs, seeds and garden plants. Chipmunks sometimes climb trees, but mostly they stay on the ground.  All that scampering through your yard will result in matted down grass and trails through the lawn. They create many holes in the ground since these are burrowing creatures that live underground.  Their holes and burrows may loosen or undermine retaining walls, foundations, porches, patios, or stairs. Chipmunks may have several entries and exits to their burrow system. If these burrows go beneath concrete (slabs, walkways, driveways, pool decks etc.), rain and other natural influences will cause areas of soil to expand and contract, eventually leading to cracks and other damage to the concrete.

Chipmunks can attract mice, rats and snakes by their very presence, they will attract other rodents such as mice and rats to your property.  They also attract snakes because snakes will want to take advantage of the chipmunk holes both to live in and to use as access to your crawlspace.   Trapping is the recommended, most effective method of chipmunk control. We use safe humane methods to set live traps near holes and feeding areas that will catch the chipmunks and keep them safe to relocated to a designated wildlife area. Live chipmunks must be relocated far from the customers home or business (at least 10 miles) to ensure they can not return. With patience and persistence and a combination of repellents and trapping, chipmunks can be controlled. Continued use of repellents tends to keep chipmunks from re-infesting a lawn.

A chipmunk problem can be more serious than most people realize and do-it-yourselfers attempting their own extermination or trapping typically have a very low success rate. It is always best to have a Wildlife and Animal Removal Specialists to handle the chipmunk control and chipmunk removal for you.

Our professional wildlife removal technicians offer highly effective means of chipmunk removal.  They understand typical animal behavior and thus are able to set chipmunk traps in locations that will bring the best results. Although we primarily use traps for this purpose, we also have chipmunk poisons. Our poison products are safe for household pets and pose no risk of harm to non-target animals.

In addition to chipmunk extermination we also provide clean-up services, and can remove any chipmunk droppings and feces  from your property.  We also sanitize and deodorize, to leave your property free of animal-borne germs and disease. We will remove any dead chipmunks and when necessary we may also treat for insect pests that have accompanied these rodents to your home.

 

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Drivin’ Me Batty Wildlife Pest Control: (855) 900-2287