What kind of damage can chipmunks cause?
Chipmunks are omnivores. They eat almost anything they can catch, including insects, worms, small vertebrates like frogs and lizards, and even other chipmunks! If there was a large amount of food available in your garden or backyard then chips would probably enjoy eating it all up. However if there isn’t enough food around then chips will not go hungry.
How can I tell if my chipmunk hole is leaking?
The first thing you need to do is check the outside of your house or yard.
You may notice that some water leaks from under the soil, but what happens when there’s no water around?
When a chipmunk burrows into the ground, it leaves behind a little bit of dirt which gets washed away with rainwater. Sometimes these little bits of dirt are very big and look like rocks. These “rocky soil” chunks are called chipmunks’ burrows.
If you have a chipmunk hole, then you might see a few tiny rock chunks sticking out of the ground near your home or yard. These chips could be from the same type of chipmunk that dug your hole!
Look around your home or yard for more of these little rocks and see if you can’t find all the burrows.
The key to stopping water damage is sealing up the holes. That’s it!
Just make sure that you seal the hole by using a few different tricks! Different methods might work better for different types of holes. If you don’t have any damage yet, then it is important to stop water from leaking into your yard!
If you do notice a few fluffy dirt piles around your yard and home, then you’ve got a little more digging to do. You’ll need to find ALL the holes before you can patch them up.
Check near the roots of trees, under chairs and furniture, near the edges of sidewalks and driveways, and anywhere else you think a hole could be.
If a chipmunk has made a home inside your house or garage, then you need to make sure all the holes are sealed up as well! The best way to do this is to put steel wool in any small hole you see.
Steel wool comes in big clumps that can be cut up with wire cutters. You can also seal holes with cement or caulk. Sealing all of the holes will force the chipmunk to find somewhere else to live.
What is a chipmunk repellent?
There are many different repellents on the market that are labeled for chipmunks. Most of the repellents you can buy work in a similar way. The idea is to make your yard and garden smell or taste bad to the chipmunks. This causes them to go elsewhere because other plants don’t taste as bad! There are also repellents that use sounds or smells to scare the chipmunks away.
One of the most popular ways to repel chipmunks is with motion-activated sprinklers. These can be pretty funny to watch!
The chipmunks come digging around and then get a blast of water in their faces! You can buy these types of sprays online or at your local garden center.
How do I keep from catching diseases from a chipmunk?
When you pick up a chipmunk or even when you are around one, you can catch diseases from them. There are many types of disease that chipmunks carry, some of which can make you very sick and in some cases cause death. The best way to avoid catching diseases is to not touch the animals and to always wash your hands after you do touch them. You should also wear gloves whenever possible when handling chipmunks.
If you get sick, it is very important to tell your parents so that they can take you to the doctor right away. If untreated, the diseases that chipmunks carry can become deadly.
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