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What Damage Can Chipmunks Do?

What damage can chipmunks do

In this post, we discuss what kinds of damage that chipmunks can do and why some people want them removed.

Can chipmunks cause damage to your home and landscape? Should they be removed from your property? Keep reading for answers.


About chipmunks & ground squirrels

Eastern Chipmunk

Chipmunks (sometimes called ground squirrels) are small rodents native to North America. They are relatives of tree squirrels, mice, rats, voles, muskrats, beavers, and gophers.

There are three species of chipmunks that can be found in Illinois: the Eastern Chipmunk, the Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel, and Franklin’s Ground Squirrel.


What damage can chipmunks cause?

Chipmunks can be considered nuisance animals but in most cases, the damages they cause are annoying, but not necessarily serious.

Ground squirrels will create holes and tunnels in your yard and may eat flower bulbs and damage landscaping.

These could be damaging if close to your foundation or the structural supports of stairs, patio or retaining walls.


Chipmunk Damage

Eating flower bulbs

Flower bulbsChipmunks are known to eat the bulbs of your spring flowers. Favorite bulbs eaten by chipmunks can include tulips, crocus, and gladioli.

You can prevent rodents from eating your flower bulbs by burying chicken wire in the ground that has openings too small for bulbs to be reached and removed, but wide enough for sprouts to grow.


Other things chipmunks eat

Besides flower bulbs, chipmunks may also eat seeds in the garden, plant seedlings, as well as bird seed, grass seed, and also pet food. They can be very frustrating if they dig up newly planted seeds or young seedlings in your garden.

Whether to protect your garden, flower bulbs or to prevent tunneling, a solution of water and cayenne can function as a repellent for chipmunks but must be reapplied frequently.


Chipmunk tunnels

Chipmunks live underground and will dig tunnels and elaborate tunnel systems beneath the surface. They can have tunnels up to 30 feet long and sometimes quite wide.

These tunnels could cause parts of your landscape so sink or collapse. If chipmunk tunnels are underneath the foundation of structures such as stairs, fence posts, or other foundations, it’s possible this could lead to more serious issues.

Burrows are typically dug directly underneath or next to cover because so that the chipmunk burrow is concealed from predators.

If chipmunk burrows are built directly next to your home’s foundation, this could be a concern because of water and moisture reaching the foundation.

Ways to prevent them from digging near your foundation include removing planting that provides them safe cover and using a gravel or stone border.


Chipmunks getting into your home

Ground squirrels will not typically have any desire to enter your home but this does occasionally happen. In this case, it’s best to close other entrances and leave an exit open so they will leave on their own. They will not want to remain in your home.


Chipmunk diseases

Chipmunk in a tree

Rarely will a chipmunk get close enough to a human or become aggressive to a human. It is possible however they may bite a person if they feel threatened. Chipmunks are not carriers of rabies but they may carry other rodent diseases such as salmonella, hantavirus, or plague. If bitten by a ground squirrel or any wild rodent, you should always call your doctor.


Chipmunk removal in Illinois

The eastern chipmunk and the thirteen-lined ground squirrels may be removed without a permit.

Franklin’s ground squirrels are listed as threatened in Illinois and may not be removed.

Related: Do I Need a Permit to Remove a Nuisance Animal in Illinois?

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More chipmunk information:

How to identify chipmunk damage

Deterrents for chipmunks and ground squirrels

About Ground Squirrels – University of Illinois Extension

How to Get Rid of Chipmunks – HGTV

What to Do About Chipmunks – Humane Society

Living With Chipmunks & Ground Squirrels – DuPage Forest Preserve


The Case for Calling Pest Control on Chipmunks

chipmunksThough chipmunks appear to be small, furry critters incapable of serious destruction, they can actually cause quite a big mess around your home.

Chipmunks like to dig and live in burrows underground. This means they especially like porches, gutters, decks, retention walls, and safe spaces near your home.

They reproduce quickly may even settle into your basement or crawl space.

The most common complaints about chipmunks are damage to flowers bulbs, eating bird food and pet food, ruining grass and gardens, and creating an environment that attracts mice and rats.

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Damages caused by chipmunks

  • Eating flower bulbs, seeds, and seedlings
  • Have disease-carrying pests such as fleas and ticks
  • Eating garden plants and vegetables
  • Eating new grass seed
  • Holes in turf and lawn
  • Structural damage

Relate post: What Damage Can Chipmunks Do?



What damage can chipmunks doChipmunks are not dangerous in the sense that they will not attack humans or other animals.

However, they do carry standard rodent diseases like plague and fleas, as well as ticks, lice, and mites. They can carry and transmit rabies, Colorado Tick Fever, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Dead or sick chipmunks should be avoided and not touched to prevent any spread of disease.


Chipmunks will drive homeowners crazy by eating seedlings, garden vegetables, and freshly laid grass seed.

Chipmunks like to eat fruits and nuts and can overrun outdoor bird feeders, as they have an easy supply of seed.

Eastern Chipmunk in IllinoisThey also may dig up and eat spring flower bulbs and burrow in flowerbeds, costing the homeowner money and time to fix the damage done to the garden.

They can dig as far as three feet below the ground, with the entrance extending as much as 20 feet in length. Though the chipmunks themselves will not cause damage to your home, the burrows can have a significant impact on your home’s foundation.

Though chipmunks do more damage outside than inside, occasionally they sneak in the lower levels of homes while burrowing. Rodents like to chew wires and chipmunks are no exceptions. Open wires can increase chances of house fires, especially within walls.


Signs of Chipmunks

  • Holes in lawn
  • Piles of seeds around the lawn and under bird feeders
  • Damage to the foundation from burrows
  • Flowering bulbs uprooted and eaten
  • Paw tracks
  • Chewed wires
  • Fecal matter


Get Chipmunks Removed

If chipmunks are causing damage to your home or wreaking havoc on your yard, you can call a professional to have them safely removed.

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