Varment Guard technicians use small live-catch traps. Traps are set in areas along pathways commonly used by the animals, most often around porches, decks, sheds, garages, patios, walkways, and concrete slabs. Although they may not reside and live on the property, chipmunks will utilize flower beds and other mulched areas to search for food. Traps are baited with a variety of attracting scents and baits likes peanut butter, apples, corn, sunflowers seed and bird seed.
Exclusion is the best method for keeping chipmunks out of buildings and should parallel rodent-proofing measures used for rat and mouse control. Essentially this involves the closure of all openings that might allow access to buildings along the foundation. Gaps, cracks, and holes should all be sealed. Any utility, phone, A/C, heat pump line penetrations must be sealed as well. Crawlspace vents should be screened with hardware cloth.
- Adult body length (without tail): 5 to 6 inches
- Adult body weight: 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 ounces
- Gestation period: 29 to 31 days
- Litters per year: 2
- Litter size: 2 to 8 young (usually 2 to 5)
- Breeding season: April through May and August through September
- Birthing season: May through June and September through October
- Age at which young are weaned: 4 to 7 weeks
- Activity period: Daytime
- Range: 1 acre or less
- Primary foods: Seeds, acorns, nuts, fruits, plant bulbs, tubers
CHIPMUNK PEST DAMAGE
Chipmunks in urban settings often dig up and eat newly planted garden seeds and flower bulbs. Strawberries, plums, apples and other cultivated fruits are gnawed for their flesh or for their seeds. They commonly dig unsightly burrows in lawns and flower beds in which to nest. Costly damage may result when chipmunks excavate burrows along building foundations, beneath poured cement porches, patios and walkways. Gradual collapse of the excavations lead to the formation of stress cracks in cement slab construction, as well as inwardly sloped grade of pavement, a condition conducive to moisture drainage and retention along the foundation. Furthermore, chipmunks will nest beneath residences, sometimes gaining access to living spaces, basements and crawlspaces through utility penetrations and other structural gaps. Occasionally they take up residence in attics or other sites that are a distance above ground.