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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


 

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

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You may not realize it, but that nuisance animal in your attic, shed, garage or on your property might be legally protected in Illinois.

Most wildlife is protected by law and cannot be killed or even removed without a permit.

Raccoons carrying disease into your home

The Illinois Department of National Resources is tasked with conservation and management of wild species in Illinois. By Illinois law, a property owner or tenant needs a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit to trap and remove most species of wildlife.

By Illinois law, property owners or tenants need a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit (PDF) to trap and remove most species of wildlife.

Is the animal you want to remove a protected species? We’ve listed the most common nuisance animals in Illinois below. 


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Mice, Norway rats, moles, voles, gophers, and shrews

dangerous rats, are rats dangerousThese small mammals may all be removed with no permit needed.

Exceptions to this rule include the eastern woodrat and rice rat, which are endangered species in Illinois. These two species may not be removed.

Related: Rat and Mice removal and control

Ground squirrels and chipmunks

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.

 

Raccoons, skunks, opossums, beavers, muskrats, red foxes, gray foxes, mink, river otters, badgers, weasels, woodchucks, coyotes, and bobcats

striped skunkThe Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove fur-bearing animals. If you want to remove a fur-bearing animal yourself, contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist to see if you qualify for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit.

In rural areas, the IDNR encourages removal of most furbearers during open hunting and trapping seasons whenever possible. All Illinois hunting regulations must be followed. For more information on hunting and trapping regulations, visit the IDNR Licenses & Hunting site.

Related: Common animal entry points

Gray squirrels, fox squirrels, red squirrels, and southern flying squirrels

Tree SquirrelThe Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove squirrels. If you want to remove a squirrel yourself, contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist to see if you qualify for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit.

In rural areas, gray squirrels and fox squirrels may be taken during open hunting seasons.

Related: How to Squirrel-proof your home

Rabbits

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove rabbits. If you want to remove a rabbit yourself, contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist to see if you qualify for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit.

In rural areas, rabbits may be taken during open hunting seasons.

Bats

The (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional bat removal service to capture and remove bats.

Bats inside rooms will usually exit on their own. Close off exits to the room and keep windows open overnight.

Related: How to get bats out of the house

White-Tailed Deer

white tailed deer fawnWhite-tailed deer are protected under the Illinois Wildlife Code as a game species. It is illegal to take live deer from the wild unless you have received a permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) or are a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

IDNR Deer Removal Guidelines (PDF)

In rural areas,  deer hunting is permitted in season. All state hunting regulations must be followed. Outside of hunting season, or in situations where hunting is not allowed, a deer removal permit may be issued by an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist.

A person who hits and kills a deer with a motorized vehicle can legally claim the deer to salvage the meat, hide, and antlers.

For more information on hunting and trapping in Illinois visit the Illinois Department of National Resources.


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We can also safely restore and sanitize your attic to remove dangerous contaminants.

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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?

 

Disease

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.

Damage

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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Attic Solutions Alert: Dangers Of Wild Animal Bites

Vicious Raccoon, Rabies, Wild Animal, pest control, animal removelA bite or scratch from any wild animal, or even that of a domestic house pet like a dog or cat, can be dangerous. Even if the wound is minor, it can become infected and spread throughout your body. Further, any bite can carry disease. One of the most common causes for worry among wild animal bites is rabies.

What Is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral infection of warm-blooded animals. It is most commonly found in bats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, and foxes in North America, although wild animals can infect dogs, cats, and livestock. The disease attacks the nervous system and, once symptoms develop, it is 100 percent fatal in animals.

How Do You Get Rabies?

You can contract rabies through a cut or scratch on your body, or through the mucous membranes (the lining of your eyes or mouth). The virus travels to your central nervous system in your brain and then travels to various organs where it multiplies.

Rabies Symptoms

  • Stage 1 (symptoms lasting 2 to 10 days)
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Vomiting
    • Decreased Appetite
    • Malaise
    • Pain, itching or numbness around the wound site
  • Stage 2
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Disorientation
    • Agitation
    • Becoming paralyzed

How To Diagnose Rabies

Animals are diagnosed fairly quickly. A test called direct fluorescent antibody test (DFA) is most often used by laboratories and results can be had in as little as a few hours. In humans, it is a bit more complex. Several tests must be completed for confirmation including saliva, serum, spinal fluid, and skin biopsies from the back of the neck.

What Is The Treatment For Rabies

There is not a cure for rabies and it is more difficult to treat once symptoms have presented. However, there are vaccines that provide rabies immunity following exposure or to prevent it (which is useful for people who work with animals like vets).

What To Do If Bitten By Wild Animal

  • Wash the wound with soap and water.
  • If bleeding, apply pressure.
  • Dry and cover the wound, but do not use tape or bandages to prevent trapping bacteria.
  • Call your doctor or healthcare professional for further instructions.
  • Locate the animal that bit you if possible.

How To Prevent Being Bitten

  • Avoid strange or sick animals.
  • Do not bother animals who are eating.
  • Keep pets on a leash.
  • Do not separate fighting animals.
  • Always get your family pets their rabies shots.
  • Supervise your pets outside.
  • Do not play with or approach wild animals.

As soon as you suspect you may have a wild animal infestation, call Attic Solutions immediately at 847-464-1861 for removal. We are trained professionals and equipped to deal with the issue. We will remove the animals and fix any property damage they may have caused.

 

Deterrents for Chipmunks and Ground Squirrels

Chipmunk in a tree

Chipmunk in a tree

Chipmunks and ground squirrels (which look very similar and are often confused with being the same animal) might look adorable (especially when they’re portrayed in a cute animated movie) but make no mistake, they can wreak havoc on your yard and garden. If you’re looking for ways to deter them from making your property their home, read on.

Thanks to urban sprawl, chipmunks have adapted suburbia even though they prefer timber borders. Chipmunks are known to dig elaborate tunnels under flower beds, shrubs, trees, wood or rock piles and even porches and sidewalks. Ground squirrels favor open grasslands: think cemeteries, golf courses, and well-manicured lawns and create tunnels as well. And these tunnels are no joke. Some are as long as 20 to 30 feet with multiple points of entry, which makes it difficult to serve a permanent eviction notice.

Since it is much more difficult to get rid of chipmunks and ground squirrels once they move in, your best bet is prevent them from even considering it.

• This should be obvious, but do NOT feed them! If you feed them, they won’t want to ever leave.
• Clean up any spills from bird feeders quickly. Bird seed piled up on the ground is like a top-notch buffet to a ground squirrel or chipmunk.
• Put welded wire around deck openings and elevated sheds to prevent the critters from gaining entry.
• Install chimney caps. Yes, they can and will move into your chimney.
• These creatures are easily scared, so objects like inflatable beach balls, or plastic bags on sticks that will blow in the wind will frighten them away (until they get used to them).
• If you find a den, put lighting in it. Christmas lights, flood lamps, and bright flashlights work well. The best bet is to leave them on 24/7, but if you can’t, leave them on at night so their sleep is interrupted and unpleasant.
• Noise! Put an alarm clock, radio, or even a noisy toy in or next to their den. Again, 24/7 is best, but if that’s not possible then play it at night.
• If they make a den in your chimney, do NOT smoke them out. Place a radio in there and leave it on or lower a light down in it instead.

Ground Squirrel

Ground Squirrel

The best way to check if you have thoroughly evicted the pesky critters is to place loosely balled up newspaper at any of the entrances. Check it periodically over the course of several days and if you see it hasn’t been disturbed then you have successfully booted them out! The loose newspaper is important because if there are young ones inside the den, you do not want them trapped.

How To Identify Chipmunk Damage

chipmunk damageChipmunks might be cute, (the cutest in the rodent family depending on who you ask) but they can also be naughty little critters!

While most of the damage they do is merely bothersome, these little creatures can be quite destructive, especially when burrowing near a home’s foundation.

Chipmunks, like most rodents, reproduce rapidly and a large chipmunk population that is burrowing along, under, or near a patio, sidewalk, retaining wall, or other structure can cause it to collapse.

 

Chimpmunk damage or squirrel damage?

More often than not though, chipmunks dig up gardens, feed on flower bulbs and fruit seeds, and gnaw on tree bark.

It is easy to mistake chipmunk damage for other small animals like squirrels.

What damage can chipmunks doLook closely at the tracks; chipmunk tracks show four toes on the feet and five toes on the rear (front and hind feet are generally reversed).

You can also identify chipmunks by their excrement. Chipmunk scat is about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in size and is a rounded pellet shape. You will usually find it in very small piles of four to six pieces.

Related: What damage can chipmunks do?

 

Signs of chipmunk damage

If you think you may have a chipmunk problem, these are some signs of chipmunk damage:

  • Seed piles under bird feeders
  • Uprooted bulbs
  • Holes in your garden or yard from digging
  • Chipmunk tracks
  • Chipmunk scat
  • Structural or foundational damage from chipmunk burrows

 


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Keeping Chipmunks Out of Your Home This Summer

Of all the wildlife found in the Chicago area, chipmunks are one of the most abundant animals and they can be found virtually anywhere due to their small size and burrowing abilities.  For the most part, chipmunks are not a problem but they can become a problem if they invade your home or burrow too close to structural elements such as porches or patios.  It is important for homeowners to keep an eye out for chipmunks on their property and make sure they stay under control.

Chipmunk Behaviors

Chipmunks are small rodents that are only 5 to 6 inches long with dark and tan stripes down its back and the sides of its face.  They are known for their burrowing and often hide their burrows near objects or buildings such as tree stumps, brush piles, and houses.  The entrance to chipmunk burrows has a diameter of about 2 inches with no mounds of dirt around it because chipmunks carry the dirt away from the burrow in their cheek pouches.

Chipmunks live on a diet made up of grains, nuts, berries, seeds, and insects and they will climb trees for nuts, fruits, and seeds. They spend the year gathering food to store in their burrows and by storing seeds they help promote new plant growth.

Chipmunk Control

Chipmunks typically become a problem for homeowners when they gather in large numbers on a property or make their way inside a home or garage.  Too many chipmunks in your yard can cause problems with their burrowing because they like to build their burrows near other objects such as patios, decks, stairs, and retention walls which can lead to structural damage.  They can also be a nuisance by eating flowers, seeds, and pet food that is not properly sealed.

In addition to causing problems in the yard, chipmunks can also cause a range of problems inside the home.  Chipmunks can make their way inside wall cavities, attics, or crawlspaces where they destroy drywall and chew on wires which increases the risk of fire.  They can also destroy property with fecal contamination and they give off a strong odor when they die.

The best method of chipmunk control is prevention but if an infestation does occur, the most effective way to remove them is with live trapping by a certified professional.  To keep chipmunks out of your home, close off any possible entry points with hardware cloth, caulking, or steel wool.  Remember that chipmunks can fit through very tiny spaces when looking for entry points.


As soon as you suspect you may have a chipmunk infestation, call us immediately at 847-464-1861 for removal. We are trained professionals and equipped to deal with chipmunk exclusion and removal, including humane live animal trapping (never poisons!). We will remove the chipmunks and fix any property damage they may have caused. Click to read more about chipmunk removal services from Attic Solutions.