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Chipmunk FAQ



General Chipmunk Questions

Q. Why did the Creator of Heaven and Earth make chipmunks, anyway?

Q. Why did the chipmunks pick my house?

Q. Why do chipmunks want to live in my garden?

Q. Why do I need to get rid of chipmunks?

Q. When are chipmunks a problem?

Q. When do chipmunks come into houses?

Q. When is the best time to get rid of chipmunks?

Q. Where do chipmunks live?

Q. Where do chipmunks usually enter a building?

Q. How do I know if I have chipmunks on my property?
 
Q. Where can I get help with my chipmunk problem?

Health & Safety

Q. What are the health risks of having chipmunks in my yard?

Q. Will the chipmunks attack me?

Q. Who is responsible for this chipmunk problem?

Animal Control Products and Methods

Q. What are the most common chipmunk complaints you receive?

Q. Which poisons do you recommend to kill chipmunks?

Q. Which chipmunk repellents are the best?

Q. Which methods do you use to exterminate chipmunks?

Q. Who should I call for help?

Q. Why should I hire a professional to get rid of chipmunks?

Property Damage

Q. What damage can chipmunks cause?

Q. What is this going to do to my property value?

Q. What will a wildlife removal technician do about the chipmunks in my building?

Q. How do chipmunks get in my building?

Q. How can I get rid of chipmunks?

Q. How can a wildlife removal technician help me get rid of the chipmunks?

Costs

Q. What does it cost for an initial on-site chipmunk inspection?

Q. What does it cost for an initial over-the-phone chipmunk control consultation?

Q. Who pays for my chipmunk problem?

Q. What FREE chipmunk control services does your company offer to the public?

Q. How much will it cost to get rid of the chipmunks?

 

General Chipmunk Questions

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Q. Why did the Creator of Heaven and Earth make beavers, anyway?

A. First, chipmunks are really cute.  But more than that, chipmunks store and scatter seeds, helping to promote spread and growth of plants.  Chipmunks are an important prey animal for a number of predators.

Q. Why did the chipmunks pick my house?

A. Chipmunks have come to your property because you have, accidently or on purpose, provided them with the things they need to live:  food, water, shelter.  Typical items that attract chipmunks are bird seed and cat or dog food.  Also, providing lots of cover in your landscaping plan makes it a great place to live, not just visit.

Q. Why do chipmunks want to live in my garden?

A. Chipmunks enjoy eating fruits, nuts and vegetables.  They are rodents and eating and foraging is what they do.  If food is available that is where they want to be.
           
Q. Why do I need to get rid of chipmunks?

A. Chipmunks eat a lot:  bird seed, bulbs, garden plants and vegetables. They generally dig and burrow rather than climb so they can topple retaining walls and loosen foundations.  They sing really badly—no, wait, that was the OTHER Chipmunks.

Q. When are chipmunks a problem?

A. Chipmunks are a problem when they eat bird, cat and dog food and tear up flowers and gardens.

Q. When do chipmunks come into houses?

A. Chipmunks only rarely come into houses, and then only generally into basements or crawl spaces. 

Q. When is the best time to get rid of chipmunks?

A. Chipmunks are rodents and like most rodents they chew and reproduce quickly.  They are also territorial and come to see spaces as their own.  Even though they are cute you need to remove chipmunks as soon as you notice them or deal with foundation and landscaping damage.

Q. Where do chipmunks live?

A.  Chipmunks are primarily ground-dwelling animals.  They live in burrows underground and like to dig.  In nature they live under rocks or tree roots.  In yards they also like porches, decks and gutters

Q. Where do chipmunks usually enter a building?

A. Chipmunks only occasionally com into houses, and then generally into basements or crawl spaces through chinks, cracks or gaps in the foundation.

Q.  How do I know if I have chipmunks on my property?

A. You can identify chipmunks because they are small and striped or spotted rodents closely related to squirrels.  Whereas squirrels climb and jump, chipmunks or “ground squirrels” usually stay on the ground and dart from place to place. They dig and build homes underground, not in trees.  They eat seeds and flower bulbs and vegetable plants.  Chipmunks make a shrill “chip-chip” sound to communicate danger or that you are in their territory.

Q. Where can I get help with my chipmunk problem?

A. Allstate Chipmunk Control can help you.  No government agency exists for chipmunk removal and control.  You will sometimes see recommendations on the Internet to call your local Animal Control Office, but I have never heard of an animal control office dealing with chipmunks.  Exterminators that do a great job on roaches are frequently unprepared for chipmunks.  Get a professional wild pest animal removal company like us. 1-888-488-7720.

Health & Safety

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Q. What are the health risks of having chipmunks in my yard?

A. Chipmunks are rodents and carry typical rodent diseases:  rabies, plague, etc.  They also harbor fleas and other parasites.  Don’t handle chipmunks bare handed and dispose of all carcasses with care.

Q. Will the chipmunks attack me?

A. Chipmunk attacks are unlikely.  They do make a lot of noise to mark their territory, though.  If a chipmunk is unusually aggressive or behaving oddly in other ways, it is probably diseased and should be avoided. 

Q. Who is responsible for this chipmunk problem?

A.  While it may be your bird feeder that brought them, you the property owner, are responsible for getting rid of them. Cities, counties, states or federal government agencies will not assist with nuisance wild animals like chipmunks. Wild animal removal is best performed by trained professionals like us who specialize in nuisance animal removal. We are ready and able to help you with your animal problems.

Animal Control Products and Methods

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Q. What are the most common chipmunk complaints you receive?

A. Chipmunks overrun birdfeeders.  They destroy grass and gardens.  They create environments that attract other pest animals, like mice and rats.

Q. Which poisons do you recommend to kill chipmunks?

A. There are no poisons registered for chipmunks. 

Q. Which chipmunk repellents are the best?

A. There are some effective taste repellents for chipmunks.  Contact us for more information.

Q. Which methods do you use to exterminate chipmunks?

A. We primarily repel and block chipmunks.

Q. Who should I call for help?    

A. Call Allstate Animal Control 1-888-488-7720.  We have helped many people get rid of the chipmunks inside and outside of buildings.  We are effective and have the experience and expertise you need.

Q. Why should I hire a professional to get rid of chipmunks?
           
A. A professional won’t just get rid of the chipmunks you see, but also those you don’t see because they are underground and the chipmunks haven’t shown up yet.  A complete chipmunk control plan won’t just get rid of some chipmunks.  It will get rid of all of them and help to prevent future infestations.

Property Damage

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Q. What damage can chipmunks cause?

A. Chipmunks are mostly a nuisance that eats flower bulbs, seeds, seedlings, bird seek, and pet food.  When present in very large numbers, they can cause structural damage by burrowing under foundations, retention walls and patios.  

Q. What is this going to do to my property value?

A. Most chipmunk damage involves minimal losses of less than $200. Apart from landscape damage, chipmunks generally have no substantial effect on property value.

Q. What will a wildlife removal technician do about the chipmunks in my building?

A. An Allstate Chipmunk Control technician will perform an on-site inspection to determine the number of chipmunks, location of chipmunks, access points, and extent of damage repair and clean up required.  He or she will create a complete control program that will get rid of the chipmunks, clean up the mess and prevent their return.  Necessary maintenance and habitat modifications will be recommended.
 
Q. How do chipmunks get in my building?

A. Chipmunks rarely come inside houses, but if they do it is usually in a basement or crawl space.  They access these locations through cracks or holes in the foundation.

Q. How can I get rid of chipmunks?

A. You can get rid of chipmunks by removing all available food sources, using repellents and installing barriers. You can make sure the job is done right if you hire a wildlife solution expert like us.  We can perform on-site removal, or try our over-the-phone chipmunk removal coaching service.

Q. How can a wildlife removal technician help me get rid of the chipmunks?

A. A wildlife removal technician will put his or her expertise to work on your behalf, determining how extensive your infestation is, if there is a secondary pest problem (very common) and establishing a short and long term control plan.  Remember, one of the greatest complaints about chipmunks is that their habits attract secondary pests, from rats to snakes.  Our technicians can help make sure you get rid of chipmunks, and anything else you might not have noticed yet.

Costs

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Q. What does it cost for an initial on-site chipmunk inspection?

A. Inspections start at $150-250, depending on your location.  For specific information, see ourChipmunk Removal Pricing.

Q. What does it cost for an initial over-the-phone chipmunk control consultation?

A. FREE!  Send 5-10 pictures via e-mail and we will review them and call you to recommend a solution and give you an estimate.  Pictures should include possible chipmunk entrances, chipmunk trails or runs in your insulation or wherever they are traveling, damage caused by the chipmunks, and any related item you think might be important.

Q. Who pays for my chipmunk problem?

A. Chipmunk infestations are the responsibility of the property owner. Typically chipmunk removal starts with an inspection and evaluation which costs $150-250, depending on your location.  You may want to contact your property insurance carrier; your policy may include coverage for removal and clean up of pest animals. For specific information, see our Pricing Page.

Q. What FREE chipmunk control services does your company offer to the public?

A. If you find a suspected chipmunk problem on your property, take 5-10 digital pictures and e-mail them to us (use the Contact Us page).  We will call you on the phone and discuss your situation for a few minutes and suggest a plan of action, as time allows.

Q. How much will it cost to get rid of the chipmunks?

A. Prices vary depending on your location, number of animals and severity of the problem. I can give you a FREE estimate over the phone using digital pictures you e-mail me. For additional information, see our Chipmunk Pricing Page.