Chipmunks may look like very cute, furry creatures, but make no mistake, these are pests that can create a lot of problems for you. They can chew their way into just about anywhere, and they can do a lot of damage to your home if you don't get rid of them quickly enough. These pests will forage for food and store it, then continue to come back to the same place season after season. Their presence will invite other pests to your home as well, as their entrances can be used by other pests as well.
If you have chipmunks, there are some things you can do on your own to help get rid of them. Never attempt to handle these pests on your own, or try to pick them up, as they will bite and could leave you injured. Hire a pest control company to help you remove a chipmunk from your home. Read on for what you can do.
Set A Trap
You can set traps for these pests, much like you would for a rat or a mouse. Set the traps and empty them when you actually catch a chipmunk, then reset the trap. If you aren't keen on getting rid of these pests this way, you can also set live traps, but don't attempt to empty the trap yourself, hire a pest control company to help you relocate the pests. These pests can find their way back to your home, so they would need to be released far away from your property.
Seal Your Home
If you have holes in your home where the chipmunks are coming in, you need to seal your home to protect against these and other pests that may be trying to get into your home. Seal around your windows and doors, and look for any small holes where chipmunks may have been getting into your house. Seal holes using a piece of metal or, if you can't use a sheet of metal, use a mesh metal pad to fill the hole, then seal the hole using a sealant such as caulk or silicone depending on where the hole was located. If it's a hole in your foundation, fill the hole using concrete fill.
Put Away Food
Chipmunks are going to be looking for food, so be sure you put away all food sources to prevent accidentally feeding these pests. Some food sources for chipmunks includes bird seed, dog food, fertilizer or grass seeds. Food in your home is also a food sources for these pests, so be sure to put your food away in your home and be sure it is sealed to prevent these pests from getting into it.
If you have a problem with chipmunks, hire a pest control company to help you get rid of them.