Chipmunk Situations & Solutions

Chipmunks pose no real threat to people, but they can disrupt the garden and occasionally enter the home. Learn more about chipmunks.

Tunnels Under Patios and Walkways

Chipmunks' burrows rarely cause structural damage. In most cases, they can be tolerated and should be left alone.

Chipmunks Digging up Flower Bulbs

After planting bulbs, place ½-inch mesh, chicken wire, or hardware cloth flat on the ground over the bulbs. The plants will grow up through the mesh, but the chipmunks cannot penetrate it.

Chipmunks in Homes

Chipmunks rarely enter homes intentionally; they prefer to set up housekeeping underground. But, if there is an opening that provides easy access, the chipmunk may enter in search of food. Check for openings around foundations and bulkheads and seal with wood, metal, or caulking. 

If a chipmunk is found in the house or basement, try to confine it to one location and open windows and doors with direct access to the outdoors. The chipmunk will be attracted to the light and exit the building.

The other option is to catch the chipmunk in a Have-a-Heart trap, baited with sunflower seeds and then release it outdoors. 

Chipmunks and Disease

As with most other rodents, chipmunks are not susceptible to rabies and present no real health threat to people.

Chipmunks and the Law

Relocating wildlife is illegal in Massachusetts. It is detrimental to the well-being of wildlife as well as the public. Unknowingly, sick animals may be transported and released in other locations, causing the spread of disease. Learn more.