Chipmunk Identification & Removal from Your Bridgewater, NJ Home or Yard; Diet, Habitat & How to Keep Chipmunks Away!
Chipmunks are cute and adorable and provide us with hours of amusement when we catch them busily zipping to and fro in our yards. But what we may not realize is that chipmunks are also capable of wreaking havoc on our home and garden areas. Chipmunks are small in stature and classified as omnivorous rodents with colors and markings that vary depending on the species. One of the most common types of chipmunks is the Eastern chipmunk which is found throughout the North American woodlands and is a common sight in New Jersey and the surrounding areas.
Eastern Chipmunk Identification & Diet
Chipmunks are a ground-dwelling member of the squirrel family with sturdy legs and dexterous hands which they use to grasp and climb. Their tails are also short and most often seen in an erect position. They have expandable cheek pouches which are used to store food while out scavenging including nuts, seeds and fruit. The Eastern chipmunk has fur that is reddish-brown in color with alternating light and dark stripes on their faces, backs and tails. The eastern chipmunk eats a diet that includes nuts, seeds, and fruits along with insects, worms and birds eggs. Chipmunks can squeeze through tiny spaces and will eat often bird seed and pet food that is left stored in garages and sheds along with digging up bulbs and small plants from garden areas.
Habitat of the Eastern Chipmunk
The Eastern chipmunk is renowned for building extensive underground systems of burrows, tunnels and chambers and will use its cheek pouches to carry away the excess dirt from the burrow site. Chipmunks will also renovate the disused burrows of other mammals to extend their range. Burrow openings are typically found near rocks, the base of trees and under the edges of buildings. The openings can measure between 1.6 to 2.4 inches in diameter. Although it is rare for chipmunks to enter homes, they can burrow under walls and foundations of houses and cause structural damage; occasionally gaining access to crawl spaces. Chipmunks carry parasites and insects including fleas which can be transmitted to humans.
How Do You Keep Chipmunks Away
To help keep chipmunks away from your property, seal cracks and holes in exterior walls and cover any areas that cannot be sealed with wire mesh or hardware cloth. Move bird feeds away from your home along with removing pet food containers as soon as your pet has finished eating to discourage chipmunks from burrowing near your foundation.
Your Merlin’s Pest Control wildlife control technicians will use the most practical applications to eliminate chipmunks from your home including exclusion and live-capture traps.
Chipmunk Wildlife Pest Inspections, Prevention, Control & Removal in Bridgewater, Rockaway, Denville, Parsippany-Troy Hills & Northern New Jersey
To ensure that your chipmunk issues are handled safely and legally, contact the experts at Merlin’s Pest Control. Our wildlife control technicians are trained to remove chipmunks, and can prevent future chipmunk activity through exclusion and education. Contact us today and speak with a customer service representative about your wildlife control issues.