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Getting Rid of Chipmunks and Squirrels from Your Home or Yard

Having chipmunks and squirrels in your home or garden can be disconcerting and frustrating. Although most people enjoy seeing them in their natural habitat, it’s a different story when you see them in your attic or destroying your patio. The first thing to establish when dealing with these rodents is to determine whether the animal is a chipmunk or a squirrel. Some chipmunks are frequently confused with squirrels, particularly the red squirrel. They both seek dens that are safe and warm along with a dry dark place to store their food, sometimes in your attic. Contact the professionals at Creature Control to inquire about our methods for helping you get rid of chipmunks and squirrels.

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Characteristics of Squirrels and Chipmunks

Chipmunks and squirrels belong to the Sciuridae species and are often confused with one another. Red squirrels for example share several characteristics with chipmunks; both are small rodents with reddish colored fur, both feed on nuts, berries and seeds, and both have sharp incisors and flat teeth to help in grinding harder foods. In general, the chipmunk is much smaller than the squirrel and it can be identified by the black and white stripes running down its back and tail. Chipmunks, unlike squirrels, have special pouches in their cheeks for storing food. Although chipmunks will climb trees in search of food they do not live in trees like squirrels do, but instead live in underground burrows. Common Michigan squirrels are the Grey Squirrel (sometimes called Black Squirrels), Flying Squirrel, Fox Squirrel, and Red Squirrels. All squirrels share similar destructive habits when they find their way into your home or business, but it’s the Red Squirrel that is the most likely to breach entry and cause the most destruction.

Chipmunk or Squirrel Problems in the Yard?

Chipmunks are capable of doing a considerable amount of damage to your property from their extensive, yet impressive underground burrows. The tunnels they create are like labyrinths for a rodent, typically running three feet underground and up to twenty feet long. They have separate compartments for food storage, sleeping, discarded nut shells, and waste. The burrow of a chipmunk can place the beauty of your yard, the health of your garden, and your structural foundation at risk as they build them under retaining walls, stairs, patios or other structures. Chipmunks will destroy all types of shrubbery by burrowing underneath them and exposing their roots. They also will dig up plant roots to feed on them.

Squirrels are guilty of destroying your home’s landscape as well. They often chew on tree branches and strip the bark from tree trunks and limbs, putting the tree itself at risk. Like most other critters, squirrels love to steal ripe fruit and vegetables from gardens and dig up plant bulbs for consumption. If you feel that there is a high amount of squirrel activity in your yard, be sure to check the perimeter of your home to ensure that any closely aligning trees, wiring, and your siding and gutters are not acting as gateways into your home. Squirrels could be foraging in your yard for food and nesting in your crawlspace or attic. Controlling the squirrel population outside of your home helps prevent them from getting inside your home.

Chipmunk or Squirrel Problems in the Home?

Squirrels and chipmunks are classified as rodents, both having front teeth that continually grow. If these pests get into your home or business they will gnaw on almost anything; destroying the siding of your house, electrical wires, insulation, and drywall. They can also tear up your carpet or insulation to use in their nests and cause further damage to floor boards by contamination from their urine and feces. Squirrels will commonly bring in debris from outside like leaves and twigs. Both pests will bring in seeds and nuts for safe storage; and they both can carry fleas, ticks, and other parasites which can spread throughout the home endangering domesticated pets. Rodents gnawing on gas lines, electrical wiring and matches are believed to have led to hundreds of home fires; therefore, it’s important to seek help right away for removal.

Aside from physically seeing chipmunks and squirrels coming in or out of your home, the best indicator of a squirrel or chipmunk invasion is loud noises in the attic. Lots of movement, scurrying around, scratching, and even the sound of nuts rolling can be an indication of a chipmunk or squirrel presence. Since other pests such as raccoons, mice and bats can also take up residence in an attic, a good identifier is whether the noise or movements can be heard during the day. Squirrels and chipmunks are quick and hard to catch and they can put your home in varying degrees of danger if left unattended. Consult with one of our expert technicians who has the experience to trap and exclude these pests from your home or business.

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Removing Chipmunks

If a chipmunk is causing problems on the outside of your home, Creature Control uses a combination of habitat modification, exclusion, and rodenticide treatments. After eliminating existing chipmunks, our technicians can offer advice for habitat modifications to discourage further chipmunk activity such as getting rid of bird feeders, wood piles, and debris from around your home. For chipmunks that found a way into the house, it is usually necessary to live trap them using point of entry exclusion. After all chipmunks have been removed from the premises, Creature Control’s technicians can quote you a price to perform structural modifications that will permanently exclude any more chipmunks from invading your home.

There are many products available that are marketed as chipmunk “repellents.” In general, repellents aren’t a good choice when dealing with nuisance wildlife animals, since the animal will eventually get used to the smell of the repellent and continue its regular activities. For quick and reliable service, contact the professionals at Creature Control today for chipmunk control and permanent exclusion from your home or business.

Removing Squirrels

Squirrels can get into your crawl space or attic through any open voids available, usually for the purpose of storing food and gaining shelter. Sometimes they accidentally fall in through the chimney and get stuck. Squirrels are generally not aggressive although they may “chatter” or bite if cornered. They are also very quick and difficult to catch without trapping. After locating the squirrel’s entry points, Creature Control’s wildlife technicians will perform a point of entry exclusion process that often involves one-way trapping mechanisms that catch the squirrels as they come out of the home. These “squirrel traps” are the most common, humane, and effective method for evicting and excluding squirrels from your home.

To help limit the nuisance problems squirrels may cause in your yard, Creature Control recommends removing the items that attract them; especially bird seed, compostable food scraps, and trash. Trim overhanging branches and rake your yard regularly collecting fallen fruits and nuts is helpful too. Deter squirrels from trees using squirrel baffles and place fencing or netting around your plants. You can also try to scare them off by placing owl decoys around your property.

Squirrel or Chipmunk Damage Repair

An integral part of squirrel management is repairing entry points to permanently exclude squirrels and other pests from getting back into your home. Creature Control’s technicians have the expertise necessary to not only remove squirrels and chipmunks, but also to accurately seal off entry points and repair any damage they may have caused to your home. Due to the vast amount of damage that squirrels can cause, and the variety of ways they can get into the home, estimates and details for squirrel or chipmunk damage repair will be given on a case by case basis.

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.