It’s hard to hate chipmunks. Not only are they one of the sweetest cute little critters you’ll see in these areas, they are also the most fun to watch and play around. As cute as it is, chipmunks can also cause small problems. They like to chew seeds, nuts, fruits, berries and even dig the plants to eat their roots, making gardens and lawns a prime target at this time of year.
If you are troubled by pesky squirrels, it can help to familiarize yourself with some of their common behaviors and habits to find a solution to the problem. Read on to know some useful and interesting facts about squirrels, including what you can do to end their destruction.
Interesting facts about chipmunk
Technically, a chipmunk is a rodent because they are part of the Rodentia Order. They are also mammals, of the family Cycuridae, as are squirrels, prairie graves, and marmots. There are 25 known species of chipmunks, one of which is not native to North America.
They eat a ubiquitous diet just like humans. They usually eat fruits, nuts, seeds, cultivated grains, vegetables, fungi, insects, arthropods (spiders, butterflies, scorpions, crustaceans, etc.), and sometimes small amphibians such as tree frogs.
Chipmunks have large cheek pouches that they use to carry any food items they have discovered, then they bring it all back to their underground burr where they store their food for the winter. They usually make fodder on the ground, but will also climb trees to get acorns and fruits.
Do you know that chipmunks are really single? While more than one family of chipmunks may live in the same bureau, they travel alone and basically neglect all other chipmunks around them until the mating season begins again in the spring. This is good news for homeowners with chipmunk violations in the attic. It is usually just a single chipmunk, which causes far less damage than an entire colony of squirrels. However, females can give birth to lighters of 8 or more, so if it is a nursing female, a major infection can occur.
Chipmunks live in underground burials they dig themselves, which usually have an extensive network of tunnels that can grow up to 11 feet long. They keep their sleeping area clean, while keeping waste and excrement in a separate place. The entrance to his bur is well hidden and is usually only visible to a trained eye.
Chipmunks Hibernate. They fill their burr in late summer and fall with as much food as possible to supply enough for the winter. In addition to hibernation, chipmunks sleep an average of 15 hours a day, mainly because they do not have to be conscious of predators because they live underground.
Unfortunately, chipmunks do not last very long. In the wild, their average lifespan is between 2 and 3 years. In captivity they can stay for a while, with strict commitment from the owner for 6 or 7 years. It is most common in licensed wildlife shelters.
What to do in case of nuisance in the wild?
If you have a troublesome wildlife problem, it is best to seek professional advice from a licensed wildlife disposal and monitoring facility. They have the training, experience and knowledge to provide you with useful advice or service.