The Eastern Chipmunk, often spotted with its cheek pouches stuffed with food, can be found throughout the state of Tennessee. While these small mammals appear harmless, they have the ability to cause structural damage in large numbers.

At 7.2 – 8.5 inches in length and 2 – 5 ounces in weight, the reddish brown Eastern Chipmunk is easily identifiable by its 5 dark stripes that run down its back. Its long, furry tail appears to be flat. In addition, it has light stripes above its eyes.

Chipmunks spend the majority of their day gathering food, and use the pouches in their cheeks for storage. Their main source of food is nuts. They also consume acorns, seeds, corn, mushrooms, fruit, insects, small birds, and eggs, which they do not store in their cheek pouches.

Females, on average, have 2 litters per year between the months of April to May, and July to August. Each litter averages 4 – 5 young, and young appear above ground at 5 – 6 weeks in age.

The Eastern Chipmunk can often be found living near forest borders, where they make their shallow burrows. Their burrows, which can be found near decaying logs and brush piles, has two inch openings and a tunnel that leads to their nest and food storage. Chipmunks can also be found near walls and rocky walls, particularly near and in homes and buildings.

Chipmunks have the ability to cause substantial damage to your home and property. They can cause structural damage by burrowing under retention walls, foundation, patios, and stairs. They will also consume seeds, birds, pet food, and flower bulbs on your property.

Humane chipmunk exclusion is essential to protecting your home or property. If the Eastern Chipmunk is damaging your Middle Tennessee home, give Ace Wildlife a call.