Chipmunks (sometimes also called ground squirrels) are easy to identify due to their small size and striped markings. The eastern chipmunk and the thirteen-lined ground squirrel are native throughout Illinois. The eastern chipmunk is approximately 8-12 inches in length and weighs between 3 and 5 ounces. The thirteen-lined ground squirrel is much larger, weighing about 9 ounces, and is slender with large eyes and small ears.
Both eastern chipmunks and thirteen-lined ground squirrels are burrowing rodents who love to dig underground tunnels and nests. They are omnivores, which means they eat a variety of food including seeds, nuts, roots, fungi, grass, shoots, worms, and bird eggs. They are also quite fond of vegetables, flower bulbs, and flower buds, so if your garden is suffering from animal damage, chipmunks may be the culprit!
Trapping chipmunk in some area's may seem useless as chipmunk migrate from other areas when familys grow, but controlling populations reduce the amount of damage they cause. Keeping numbers low will reduce the pressure for finding new places to den. Garages will become targets for denning sites when numbers are to great on the outside. Removing chipmunk from an area relieves pressure on food sources and denning sites for them giving them the opportunity to stay were they feel more comfortable. Although getting rid of chipmunk 100% is not realistic, the location of the property can contribute to stopping migrating chipmunk.
Trapping programs are used to remove the rodents, using traps inside a box to keep other non target pest from setting off traps is the one of the best ways to go about it. A normal program will usually run for 5 days with option to continue if need be. At the end of the 5 day trapping program an evaluation will be made as to what was caught and if the trapping needs to be continued. All traps are checked daily and reset until the end of the program, animals that are caught are taken off the property by me and disposed of.
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