These cute little creatures are extremely common in home landscapes. Often you see them scurrying around beneath the bird feeder with their cheeks stuffed with seed. They can be nice to watch but can cause a certain amount of damage or problems in the garden.

When you follow a chipmunk, it will eventually disappear down a hole in the ground. This may lead into a tunnel that can be up to 30 feet long. There will be no soil piled up at the opening because the chipmunk wisely gathers the excess soil into its mouth and scatters it elsewhere.

Chipmunks usually have two generations per year and can quickly build up numbers in your garden. To feed these broods, they gather food such as seeds, berries, nuts, insects and mushrooms throughout the season. This may involve knocking down small plants in order to gather the seeds on top.

Unlike woodchucks, chipmunks do not hibernate during the cold weather. They just slow down a lot and may become active on warm, sunny days of the winter.

Chipmunks feed on our plants and bulbs, tunnel under sidewalks and porches and can occassionally come into the house through small openings.

Critter Management Options:

Exclusion - Change Habitat - Trap - Repel - Poison

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

 

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