Eastern Chipmunk Facts in Basking Ridge, NJ; Diet, Characteristics, Property Damage to House & Yard

Chipmunks are adorable little creatures whose antics many of us are familiar with, especially in the early fall months when we watch them zooming around the yard while enjoying our morning cup of coffee. But if your New Jersey property is overrun with Eastern chipmunks, you may have already come to the conclusion that they are not as adorably cute as you originally thought they were. Chipmunks are responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in interior and exterior property damage each year, especially when they take over yards and gardens in large numbers.

Eastern Chipmunk Identification Characteristics

Eastern chipmunks are a member of the squirrel family (Sciuridae) and can be identified by their short stubby legs, bushy tails and distinctive white, black and brown stripes which run along the middle of their backs. They are well known for their love of nuts and burrowing habits. The Eastern chipmunk typically grows to around 4 to 7 inches in length and weighs between 1 to 5 ounces. Despite their tiny size, they are capable of causing significant damage to homes and gardens.

Diet of Eastern Chipmunks

Chipmunks are most active during dawn and dusk and spend the majority of their day foraging for food. According to research, a single chipmunk can gather as many as 165 acorns in a single day. Chipmunks use pouches in their cheeks to carry large amounts of food. During the spring and summer, chipmunks will store food in their burrows which they will then eat during the winter to survive. Chipmunks are considered omnivores and they are not particularly choosy when it comes to finding things to eat. A large part of their diet consists of berries, nuts, seeds and grains but chipmunks will also eat insects, baby birds, bird eggs and small frogs.

Eastern Chipmunk Property Damage to House & Yard

Chipmunks are renowned for making their homes by creating underground tunnel systems in the form of burrows or making nests in bushes and abandoned logs. The tunnels can extend from 10 to 30 feet in length and as deep as 3 feet underground. Despite their small size, chipmunks can be incredibly destructive destroying landscaping and causing structural issues when they tunnel under stairs and patios and in many instances causing damage to the foundation of your home. Other damage includes holes and uprooted bulbs from digging for food and damage to your lawn caused by extensive burrowing along with interior damage including damage to drywall and electric wires should they gain access to your home.

Chipmunk Control & Prevention

The knowledgeable professionals at Merlin’s Pest Control are the experts when it comes to ridding your home and yard of nuisance wildlife. Effective chipmunk control begins with a combination of repellents, exclusion and trapping. Chipmunks are extremely active during the early fall and when it comes to chipmunk control, preventing damage to your property is the key using methods such as:
1. Chipmunk Exclusion: including remove debris such as wood piles away from your home and removing pet food bowls as soon as your pet has finished eating. Check the perimeter of your home for cracks and openings to keep chipmunks are other rodents including mice from gaining entry and setting up a home for winter.
2. Chipmunk Repellents: applying a customized treatment protocol to repel chipmunks away from your property.
3. Chipmunk Trapping & Removal: Your Merlin’s Pest Control wildlife removal specialist will set live-capture traps to humanly control chipmunks. Once a rodent is captured it will be removed from the trap by releasing it in an area that is not populated by humans.

Nuisance Wildlife Control & Removal Services

For more information regarding, prevention, repellents, exclusion, trapping and removal of nuisance wildlife in your Northern New Jersey home or yard, contact the experienced wildlife removal professionals at Merlin’s Pest Control today.

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