Chipmunks are a common nuisance wildlife problem in New York and Vermont. In addition to digging holes and long burrows that can damage your lawn, and weaken sidewalks, driveways, even your foundation, chipmunks are voracious eaters, who need to chew in order to wear down their ever-growing incisors.
When chipmunks get into your garage, shed, attic or home, they have no problem chewing their way out and back in again, and have been known to damage wood, insulation, plastic, sheetrock, even wiring, which can cause a serious fire hazard. Chipmunks can also carry fleas and ticks, exposing your family to rodent-related diseases, including Lyme, Salmonella and Hantavirus.
If you notice burrows in your yard or chew holes in walls, wires, weather stripping or birdseed bags, Nature’s Way can provide a free inspection to determine if the damage is caused by chipmunks.
Humane Chipmunk Removal Services
Our licensed wildlife control experts use humane baiting and trapping for chipmunk removal from your yard or home, and follow all environmental laws governing trap check intervals and the release or relocation of wildlife.
As part of our integrated pest management approach, we provide recommendations to make your home less attractive to these destructive pests, and can seal off entry points to prevent future infestations. In the event that your insulation is damaged, we can also remove and install special pest-control insulation that has been treated with environmentally-friendly pesticides.
Get Started with a Free Chipmunk Inspection
If you need chipmunk removal & control in Albany, Saratoga, Glens Falls or as far north as Plattsburgh NY, Nature’s Way can help. Call (518) 745-5958, or complete an online request for a free inspection. You can also contact our wildlife control experts in Rutland, Burlington and throughout Western Vermont by calling (802) 855-2978.
In New York and Vermont, our chipmunks are primarily small chestnut-brown colored rodents with black and white stripes on their heads and backs. Their pudgy cheeks can expand to almost the width of their bodies, which they often stuff full of food to bring back to bury and hide in their underground burrows.
Chipmunks like to eat, and their diet includes fruit, nuts, grains, grass, mushrooms, insects, worms, bird eggs and even salamanders and small frogs. They contribute to the health of our forests, as well as suburban and urban areas, by moving seeds around. Unfortunately, they also have many predators, including hawks, snakes, weasels, owls, raccoons, foxes and coyotes.
Here in the Northeast, chipmunks enter restless hibernation in late October. They sleep for long periods and occasionally wake up to eat stored foods, or to venture out of their burrows on warm winter days. They breed in late winter and again in late July to August, and each litter typically yields four to five young. Chipmunks are blind, naked and helpless when they are born, but are independent by eight to ten weeks. They reach sexual maturity at one year old and can live up to three years.
A close cousin of the squirrel, chipmunks prefer the ground to trees, and are known to create vast networks of underground burrows. They are also notorious for raiding gardens, flower beds and birdfeeders, not to mention chewing on everything from wood to wires, making them quite a nuisance for homeowners.