Chipmunks bite people if they feel threatened or trapped. If not treated correctly, these wounds become infected, which can lead to tissue damage. Swelling, redness, oozing, and fever are symptoms of infection. Other signs a person bitten by a chipmunk is experiencing infection include severe pain around bite sites, red streaks, and swollen lymph nodes. It is very rare for the pests to carry rabies, however it is possible. Chipmunk bites also cause tetanus on rare occasions, which is preventable with a vaccination.
Individuals should wash bites with soap and warm water as soon as they occur. If pain persists more than a few days, visit a healthcare provider. Watch for signs the wound's getting redder, as this means an infection is setting in.
By reducing nearby chipmunk populations, people are less likely to come in contact with the pests or be bitten. The trained professionals at Critter Control should be called in at the first sign of infestation. Our technicians expertly remove any chipmunks and offer tops of preventing future run-ins with the pests.
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