Chipmunks in your garage or under your deck? Chipmunks chewing wires or eating your bird seed and pet food? Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective chipmunk removal and exclusion services. Description Chipmunks are small, omnivorous rodents with coloration and markings that vary by species. The two most common types in the United States are the Eastern chipmunk and the least chipmunk, which thrive in deciduous forests, suburban areas, mountainous regions, and shrubby deserts. Appearance Both common species of chipmunks have short legs with nimble hands used to grasp and climb, short tails, and expandable cheek pouches used to store food while scavenging. Eastern chipmunks have reddish-brown fur with dark and light stripes on their faces, backs, and tails. Least chipmunks display grayish coats with dark, tawny stripes. Habitat Least and Eastern chipmunks forage for food such as nuts, berries, seeds, and grains. Forests and areas dense with shrubbery or other ground cover are ideal places for chipmunks to scavenge while avoiding predators. Most chipmunks either burrow underground or make nests in trees and logs, where they stash food in order to survive during winter. Entry Are chipmunks known to enter homes or yards? In suburban areas, chipmunks rarely enter homes, but may burrow under the walls, patios, or foundations of houses and cause structural damage. The rodents can squeeze through tight spaces and eat unsecured bird seed or pet food in garages and sheds. Chipmunks may also dig up bulbs and seedlings from gardens. Damage Do chipmunks harm people or property? Chipmunks do not attack humans, but their burrows may cause structural or electrical damage to homes and other buildings. Gardens and agricultural areas may suffer from the rodents eating bulbs, seeds, and sprouts. When chipmunks come into contact with human habitations, they can transmit parasites and insect pests such as fleas. Control and Safety To keep chipmunks away from homes and gardens, cover vulnerable areas with hardware cloth or wire mesh and seal any cracks or holes along exterior walls. Moving bird feeders away from homes also discourages chipmunks from burrowing near human dwellings. The odor of moth balls may also repel the rodents. Trapping and Removal The best way to ensure your chipmunk problem is handled legally and safely is to call wildlife removal specialists. Trained in the removal of chipmunks, our animal control technicians not only help eradicate chipmunk infestations but also provide tips regarding the prevention of future chipmunk activity. We can help you get rid of chipmunks problems. Call today: 1.800.274.8837.