Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Eastern Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk

Chipmunks are the sole living member of the chipmunk genus and are part of the scuiridae family. The eastern chipmunk has reddish-brown fur on it's upper body and five dark brown stripes alternating te light brown stripes it has running along its back and has a dark tail. This species has lighter fur on the undersides of their bodies and they also have a tawny stripe that runs from the whiskers to below the ears and light stripes over the eyes.

The eastern chipmunk lives in deciduous wooded areas and urban parks throughout southern Canada and eastern United States. This species prefers areas with rocky areas and shrubs which they use for cover. They are mainly active during the day which is when they forage for food. They prefer to eat bulbs, seeds, fruit, nuts, green plants, mushrooms, insects, worms and bird eggs.

The eastern chipmunk is able to climb trees well but they build their nests underground using extensive tunnel systems, often with several entrances which they disguise.

Eastern Chipmunk Babies

The eastern chipunk lives a solitary life except during mating season. Females generally produce 1 or 2 litters of young (usually 3 to 5 in a litter) during their two breeding seasons. The first breeding season is from February to April and the second is June to August.

Like squirrels, chipmunks are cute but they can cause damage to homes and gardens.  They will eat plants from gardens and they will also chew on cords such as cable lines, air conditioning pipes and elelectric lines. Another problem caused by chipmunks is them burrowing into the ground which can cause water to get in underneath the foundation of your home or deck. This can then lead to water leaking into your home directly.

Using IPM Cottage Country Pest Control can help prevent damage caused by these chipmunks. To book your appointment or if you have any questions call us at 705-534-7863 or email us today.

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