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The Eastern chipmunk’s coat is reddish-brown on its dorsal side and white fur on its underbelly. It has two white stripes outlined in black running along its sides and one black line running down the center of its back. Chipmunks pouched cheeks are used to store and carry food.
Unlike other species of squirrels, chipmunks tend to stay on the ground and do not use trees or wires for access into the home. They prefer to find and exploit an open gap at the base of the structure or chew in through the garage door seal.
The eastern chipmunk’s diet consists of corn acorns, nuts, seeds, mushrooms, berries, and fruits. They also eat bird eggs, snails, insects, and small mammals such as juvenile mice. In the winter months, they stay in their dens. The eastern chipmunk is not a true hibernator, but do spend a lot of time sleeping. They may wake up every few weeks to eat the food it has stored.
Once inside, they will begin to rummage through things, looking for birdseed or food storage in the garage. They also chew on wires in the garage or a car. Chipmunks are typically not hard to control, unlike red, grey, and flying squirrels. The best method for eradication is by trapping, removing, and maintaining by a licensed wildlife professional.
Tips for avoiding chipmunks
- The garage door seal and weather stripping are the two main areas that should be sealed and replaced in the home.
- Keep all birdseed in metal, lidded containers.
- Do not leave garages doors open unless in use.
- Food-related items should be on closed shelves or pantries.
If you are experiencing issues with chipmunks, including finding them around your property, do not hesitate to give Hogarth’s a call today!