Chipmunks are tough to hate. Not only are they among the cutest, furry little critters you see around these parts, they are also one of the most enjoyable to watch play and hop around. However adorable, chipmunks may also be small trouble makers. They love to munch on seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, and even dig up plants to consume their roots, all which make gardens and lawns a prime goal this season.
If you’re having trouble with aggravation chipmunks, it may help to get familiar with a number of their common behaviors and habits in order to discover a solution to the problem. Keep on reading to learn some useful and interesting facts about chipmunks, including what you can do to put a stop to their devastation.
Interesting Chipmunk Truth
Technically, a chipmunk is a rodent, since they are part of this Rodentia order. There are 25 known species of chipmunk, one of which isn’t native to North America.
They eat an omnivorous diet, just like people. They commonly dine on fruits, seeds, nuts, cultivated grains, vegetables, fungi, insects, arthropods (spiders, butterflies, scorpions, crustaceans, etc.), and sometimes even tiny amphibians like tree frogs.
Chipmunks have large cheek pouches that they use to stuff full of food they find, they then bring it all back to their underground burrows in which they store their food for the winter. They mostly forage on the ground, but will also climb trees to get acorns and fruit.
Were you aware that chipmunks are in fact loners? Although more than one chipmunk family can live in the same burrow, they travel alone and essentially ignore the rest of the chipmunks around them until mating season starts up again in spring. This is good news for homeowners with a chipmunk infestation in the loft. Most often, it’s only one lone chipmunk, which does a lot less damage than an entire colony of squirrels. However, females may give birth to litters of 8 or more, so an infestation can be larger if it is a nursing female.
Chipmunks live in underground burrows that they dig themselves, which usually consist of an elaborate network of tunnels which could extend up to 11 feet in length. They keep their sleeping area clean, while keeping waste and droppings in another area. The entrances to their burrows are well-concealed, and usually only detectable by a trained eye. They fill their burrows up with as much food as possible in late summer and fall in order to have enough provisions for winter. Besides hibernation, chipmunks sleep an average of 15 hours a day, mainly because they do not have to stay on alert for predators since they live underground.
Unfortunately, chipmunks do not live for a lengthy time. In the wild, their average lifespan is between two and three years. In captivity, they can live a little longer, up to 6 or 7 years with strict owner commitment.
What To Do About Nuisance Wildlife
For those who have a nuisance wildlife problem, your best course of action would be to request professional advice from a certified wildlife removal and control firm. They have the training, experience, and knowledge to offer you helpful advice or support.