Colour: Brown with five stripes
Size: 11 to 15 cm
Chipmunks are most active during the day in the spring, summer, and fall. They typically dig through the ground which can undermine structures, but can also chew through soffits and attics. In your attic, the chipmunk may chew through wood to keep its teeth from growing. There is a danger that the chipmunk will chew through electrical wiring causing a fire. It is advisable to have a plan when dealing with chipmunk.
Chipmunks feel most at home in areas with plenty of ground cover, including logs, trees, stumps, shrubs and rocks. Though their ideal habitat is a deciduous forest, woodland or brushland, they’re also frequent other areas that provide sufficient cover such as city parks, fence lines, hedges and houses. They are known dig extensive burrow systems directly underneath or next to natural or manmade cover. They will dig two types of burrows: shallow burrows to seek refuge from predators while foraging during the day, and deeper, more complex burrows where they nest, store food and spend most of the winter months.
Chipmunk Life Cycle
Chipmunks have live births, after carrying their young for a gestation period of around 30 days. The female chipmunks usually give birth to two to eight young at one time and give birth to pups one to two times per year, once in the late spring and sometimes again in the fall. Pups are hairless, blind, pink creatures the size of a jelly bean. Chipmunk Mothers are very protective of their young and if one goes missing, she will search frantically for it. They will remain with their parents for around two months. Then, build their own home and start gathering food to last them throughout the coming winter.
NO food no chipmunks, avoid feeding the birds. Bird feeders are a common lure for any rodents especially squirrels. Be aware of chipmunk tunnels in the ground around structures. Fill these holes regularly to encourage them to move elsewhere. A strong barrier is the key to keeping them outdoors, maintain areas low to the ground and near your foundation. Chipmunks often use basement windows or low vents to gain access to find refuge for winter hibernation or security from predators.
Chipmunk Service Prep Guide
There are many things that should be done to prepare for a chipmunk treatment. For the full list of ways to make your chipmunk treatment successful, view our Chipmunk Service Preparation Guide.
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