It can be frustrating to see chipmunks and squirrels rummaging through your yard or garden area. Despite their cute and playful appearance, they are capable of quickly destroying patios, crops, and attics. Chipmunks and squirrels have an uncanny resemblance, so it’s imperative to recognize the difference between the two pests. They both seek safe and warm dens along with dry, dark places to store food. Attics are the perfect space to fulfill these needs. The professionals at Creature Control can assist you in ridding your home or business from chipmunks and squirrels.
These two pests belong to the Sciuridae species and are frequently mistaken for each other. Red squirrels and chipmunks have several common characteristics; they both are small, with reddish-colored fur, have sharp incisors and flat teeth, and prefer to eat nuts, berries, and seeds. Chipmunks are smaller in size than squirrels and are easily identified by the black-and-white stripes running down their backs through their tails. Chipmunks store food in pouches within their cheeks, while squirrels do not. Squirrels are adept at climbing trees and usually live in them, while chipmunks create their dens in underground burrows. Though not aggressive, squirrels are known to chitter or bite if cornered. Chipmunks will prefer to run away as well but will scratch or bite if handled.
Common nuisance squirrels in the southern Wyoming-northern Colorado area are the flying squirrel, fox squirrel, red squirrel, Abert’s squirrel, and the thirteen-lined ground squirrel. All five types are solitary until the breeding season, in which they tend to find their way into your home or business looking for shelter from adverse weather or a safe location to hoard food. The striped squirrel is a ground squirrel similar to chipmunks; they will enter your premises on the main level. The other remaining types of squirrels will find entry points in the attic around roof lines and doors. All squirrels and chipmunks are equally destructive once they get into your home.
Chipmunk tunnels are impressive labyrinths leading to their burrows underground. They are capable of creating an immense amount of damage to your property as they can be up to twenty feet long. They are quite organized creatures and create separate storage compartments for food, sleep, discarded nutshells, and waste. Chipmunks enjoy making dens underneath retaining walls, stairs, patios, and wooden structures. This can place the foundation of your property at severe risk of damage, not to mention the overall appearance of your yard. Chipmunk burrows will certainly ruin shrubs, flowers, and other ornamental plants; as the roots are exposed, they feast on them.
Squirrels are just as capable of ruining your landscape, but for other reasons. They are skilled at gnawing on tree branches and bark. Squirrels often strip bark from tree trunks, making the tree susceptible to disease or harm by wood-eating pests. Squirrels are notorious for stealing fruit and vegetables from gardens and digging up plant bulbs to feast on. Trees close to the home, wires, siding, and gutters can be entryways for squirrels. They could potentially forage in your yard then nest in your attic, for example. By controlling the squirrel population outside of your home, you eliminate these pests' possibility of gaining entry.
Both chipmunks and squirrels are classified as rodents, having strong, continuous growing incisors without canine teeth. They are known to gnaw on nearly everything, from house siding, electrical wires, insulation, drywall, and more. Home fires caused by rodents occur too often. Chipmunks and squirrels get inside and chew on gas lines, electrical wiring, and matches. Carpet and insulation make cozy building material for their dens while further damaging floorboards with urine and feces. Leaves and twigs belong outside; however, squirrels dutifully bring them inside your home along with seeds and nuts. Both pests carry fleas, ticks, and other parasites that can transfer to domesticated pets. Call the experts at Creature Control to discuss a plan regarding rodent removal before the situation gets uncontrollable.
Chipmunks and squirrels gain entry through voids in crawl spaces and attics to store food or find a warm, cozy spot to nest. These rodents are commonly found in chimneys as they somehow get stuck. Loud noises in the attic, specifically scratching, nuts rolling around, and scurrying nails, are telltale signs of a rodent invasion. Also, take note of whether you see them enter or exit the premises, which is another sure sign that they have made a den within your home. To distinguish these rodents from raccoons, mice, or bats (which can also inhabit attics), confirm that the noises are heard during the day. Squirrels and chipmunks are extremely difficult to catch and equally dangerous if left to multiply inside. Creature Control’s experienced technicians can help rid the rodents within your home or business.
Chipmunks can be an issue both inside and outside your home. Several products on the market are labeled as chipmunk repellants; however, these are not ideal since the pest will eventually become accustomed to the smell or sound. Regular activities will undoubtedly continue after a short period. For permanent, trustworthy, and efficient chipmunk removal, trust the experts at Creature Control.
For interior chipmunk relocation, Creature Control deploys an entry exclusion tactic that live traps the pests. Once all activity has ceased, the technicians can provide a quote to perform structural modifications to exclude further chipmunk invasions permanently.
For exterior abatement, Creature Control uses a precise mix of habitat modification, exclusion, and rodenticide treatments. Once all activity has ceased, our technicians recommend specific environment modifications that will discourage chipmunk activity in the future.
Squirrels generally cause problems both inside and outside of your home or business. Squirrel repellants sold in stores are not ideal since these pests will eventually become accustomed to the smell or sound, and typical activities will certainly continue after a short time. Trust the experts at Creature Control for permanent, trustworthy, and efficient squirrel removal.
For interior infestations, squirrels are extremely difficult to catch without the use of a trap. After locating all entry points, Creature Control’s wildlife technicians use a process called a point of entry exclusion, which involves one-way trapping mechanisms. These traps are the most prevalent, compassionate, and efficient method for removing squirrels from your home.
All exterior squirrel issues can be limited – and sometimes completely remediated – by removing all items that attract them, such as birdseed, compostable food scraps, and garbage. Trim branches that overhang and rake your yard consistently to eliminate fresh fruit and nuts that have fallen. Place squirrel baffles and netting around your plants. Owl decoys placed throughout the property are also efficient.
Repairing entry points is integral in preventing pests from invading your home in the future. It is imperative to adequately seal all entry points and repair damage done to your home by rodents. Estimates and details for chipmunk and squirrel restoration are given on a case-by-case basis due to the immense amount of damage they can cause. Call Creature Control to schedule a free consultation. We can also walk you through the insurance process to determine if your claim may be covered.
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.
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.