Chipmunks may be cute, but these small pests can cause a lot of damage when they are trying to look for food or water. These rodents use their teeth and their claws to make their way into where they want to be—which could be your home, garage, or other areas surrounding your home, creating damage that can not only be expensive to repair, but it can create a way in for other pests to come in and cause damage of their own. If you've spotted a chipmunk around your home, there's a chance that you have more than one of these critters to deal with. Read on for a few things you should do if you've spotted a chipmunk around your home.
Watch Where They Go
Keep a close eye on where the chipmunk(s) are going. They could be running from a neighbor's home a few doors down and storing their food at your home somewhere. Keep an eye out and investigate what it is they are doing and where they are going to get a better idea of how to get to them so you can eventually get rid of them altogether. You need to watch them so you can see if they are even going anywhere in your home or yard. They may be bypassing your home altogether and could be at your neighbor's home, although this doesn't mean they won't eventually come to your home. If you think you know where they have been going in or around your home, look for signs of these pests, such as nesting material, or piles of food—seeds or nuts.
You're going to need to set traps to get rid of these pests. Traps that look like a large mousetrap can be used, or you can trap them with live traps. If you use a live trap, you're going to have to release the chipmunks miles from your home, since they will find their way back if they're close enough. If you set up a trap to kill these pests, note that you're going to need to reset the traps to ensure you catch all of the chipmunks that you may have. Dispose of the deceased rodents properly to prevent another type of pest issue. Set the traps using a bait that will lure in these little critters, such as seeds, nuts, or peanut butter.
If you have chipmunks running rampant, they can cause a lot of damage and lure in other pests to your home. Chipmunks can be a tricky pest to get rid of, and hiring a professional pest control company can help you get rid of them.