How deep is a chipmunk burrow?
Although they can climb trees, they spend most of their lives on the ground or underground in burrows that may reach 30 feet long and 3 feet deep. These burrow systems include nesting chambers and storage rooms for nuts and seeds that provide chipmunks with food throughout the winter.
Part 1 Get Rid of Chipmunks By Using Traps
- Purchase a live animal trap. Scatter sunflower seeds or peanuts around the trap to entice the chipmunks into the trap.
- Place a bucket half-filled with water outside. Lean a wooden plank against the side of the bucket.
- Put out mousetraps to get rid of chipmunks.
- Mice and rats can take advantage of the same holes chipmunks do and those rodents will be much less forgiving toward the interior of a home. If you're hearing a lot of noise in your attic, chances are it is not a chipmunk. Chipmunks do not often live inside homes. They prefer the cool dirt of underground burrows.
- Mothballs will deter chipmunks and squirrels from your home. Mothballs contain the chemical naphthalene. Chipmunks and rodents have a great sense of smell, and can smell the mothballs from far distances. If eaten, a mothball would kill a chipmunk or squirrel.
- Along with seeds and fungi they scarf grain, fruit, nuts, insects, worms, bird eggs and even nestling birds and baby mice. They probably don't hunt for eggs and hatchlings, just eat them when they find them. They might not sing like Alvin and the boys, but wild chipmunks do vocalize.
When chipmunks are present in large numbers they can cause structural damage by burrowing under patios, stairs, retention walls, or foundations. They may also consume flower bulbs, seeds, or seedlings, as well as bird seed, grass seed, and pet food that is not stored in rodent-proof storage containers.
- Chipmunk Lifestyle. Many animals and birds eat chipmunks. These predators include owls, hawks, weasels, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, bobcats, lynxes, cats, dogs, snakes and even their relatives the red squirrels, depending on the location.
- Ranging from Canada to Mexico, they are generally seen scampering through the undergrowth of a variety of environments from alpine forests to shrubby deserts. Some dig burrows to live in, complete with tunnels and chambers, while others make their homes in nests, bushes, or logs.
- Rodentia - gophers, mice, rats, squirrels, porcupines, beavers, chipmunks. This is the largest order of mammals. There are over 1,500 species of rodents. Rodents are found all over the world, except for in Antarctica, New Zealand and some ocean islands.
Updated: 17th October 2019