I will put chipmunks and thirteen-lined ground squirrels into the same group (ground squirrel). These two squirrels are often confused with each other and some times called gophers. The thirteen-lined ground squirrel lacks the facial stripes. As this squirrels name implies, it has 13 stripes going from the shoulder to the tail on each side of its back. The chipmunk vocal call is rather sharp chuck-chuck-chuck. The thirteen-lined ground squirrels call is high pitched squeaks. These two small ground squirrels are the most common problem squirrels we are called for about damage complaints in Michigan.
This chipmunk is small, brownish color, has 2 tan and 5 blackish stripes down its back. Also has 2 tan and 2 brownish stripes on each side of its face. Chipmunks are typically 5 to 6 inch long and weighs about 3 ounce. A chipmunks home range may be up to ½ acre, but an adult only defends a territory of about 50 ft around its burrow entrance. Chipmunks are most active during early morning and late after noon. The entrance to their burrow is usually well hidden. Chipmunks mate 2 times a year, during early spring and again late summer or early fall. They have a 31 day gestation period, 2 to 5 young born in April to May and again in August to October. With the onset of cold weather, chipmunks enter a restless hibernation and are inactive from late fall through the winter months. Chipmunks dont enter a deep hibernation as do ground squirrels, but they rely on the food cache, they have brought to their burrow. Most chipmunks emerge from hibernation in early March.
Chipmunks are quite destructive when it comes to their burrowing activities around structures, this damage warrants and investment in control to protect structural integrity of stairs ,patios, and foundations. Further damage through their consumption of seeds, flower bulbs, fruit, vegetables and pet food is often a nuisance.
There are many companies out there ,but not all of them are licensed and insured professionals. Make sure that you hire a competent expert for your animal services needs. At VaMoose Varmint, we will be courteous, friendly and take the time to listen to your problem, and make an appointments to perform an inspection. Vamoose VarmintĀ wildlife services will trap chipmunks, ground squirrels and gophers in these Michigan counties. Kalamazoo, Van Buren, St Joseph, Calhoun, Berrien, Allegan, Branch, Barry, Cass, Ottawa, Eaton, Grand Traverse, Roscommon, Missaukee, Crawford, Kalkaska, Wexford, Otsego, and Antrim counties.
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