What Damage Do Chipmunks Cause?
Chipmunks are cute with their big eyes and stripes. They seem playful as they dart in and out their holes and scamper around. The thing is, they can do some real damage while they are playing. Like all animals, they seek out food and shelter. They aren’t prone to chew wood and plastic but they are great diggers and they do sometimes manage to get into homes and other buildings. Their digging can cause immense damage.
Your garden won’t grow
Your lawn and garden represent a lot of work. It takes a lot of time and sweat to plant, water, and weed a garden. It takes a lot of time and sweat to seed, irrigate, mow, and water your lawn. Every gardener knows that a wide variety of hungry animals pose a threat to their garden. Chipmunks are no exception. They love the fruits and vegetables in your garden.
They love the insects that the garden attracts. They will burrow and make holes in your garden and lawn. Their burrows undermine the root system of your lawn and garden, killing your grass, flowers, and crops.
Your home’s foundation will be compromised
Chipmunks are small but, particularly when there are a lot of them, they can be a real problem for the foundations of buildings (like your home). Their burrows can make the ground and buildings above them unstable. Chipmunks can take advantage of weaknesses in the foundations, siding, and roof shingles to end up in your house. Their holes and burrows can also undermine fences, walkways, and other landscaping. All in all, you don’t want a lot of chipmunks making their home near your house, much less a scurry of chipmunks!
Where there is one chipmunk, there could be many
Chipmunks are undeniably frisky. They breed twice a year in the spring and the summer. They give birth to four or five babies at a time. You don’t have to be a math genius to see that adds up to a quickly reproducing and expanding population. The lusher that your gardens and surrounding woods are, the more they have to eat.
The easier it is for them to find shelter in your house or burrows on your property, the easier it is for them to reproduce. Their antics might look cute but you don’t want to be overrun by chipmunks. The more of them you have invading your yard, garden, and home, the more damage they are capable of doing.
You really do want to minimize their numbers. A cat can be an excellent way of getting rid of chipmunks and minimizing the damage they do. It also causes other chipmunks to stay away once they realize there is a threat on your property.