Chipmunks can damage ornamental shrubs and plants when they harvest fruits and nuts. The dig up and eat flower bulbs and burrow in flower beds or under sidewalks and porches. They cause structural damage when they burrow under foundations and porches to nest. If chipmunks get into your attic via tree limbs and holes, they can cause extensive damage. They can gnaw on wiring, insulation, and wooden structures. This behavior leads to structural issues and the risk of electrical fire.
The Health Risks
When chipmunks get into your attic, they spread their urine and feces around the floor and in the insulation. In addition to creating a terrible odor that can be hard to remove, there are associated health issues. Humans can contract hantavirus through contact with chipmunk urine and feces. Early symptoms include fatigue, fever, and muscle aches. Later symptoms include coughing and shortness of breath. It can be fatal if not treated.
Salmonellossis and Plague:
Chipmunks also carry fleas that can transmit other illnesses to humans through their bites. These include salmonellosis and plague.
The Modern Solution for Chipmunk Removal and Control
A Wildlife Control Team professional will access your situation and determine if you have chipmunks based on visual identification, damage, and droppings. Trenching can then be used to keep them from burrowing around foundations, sidewalks, porches, and retaining walls. One-way doors can be installed at access points and later removed to make sure they leave and don’t come back. Any holes in foundations or woodwork will be sealed with mesh to keep them from entering the home.
When you partner with Modern Pest Services, you’ll never have to worry about a pest, rodent or wildlife issue again!
Will My Homeowners Insurance Cover Wildlife Damage?
Since every homeowners insurance policy is different, it’s important to talk with your agent and find out exactly what is covered by yours.
Most standard home and mobile home insurance policies will cover damage to your home by a wild animal if the animal is not a rodent. Some common nuisance rodents are mice, rats, chipmunks, flying and ground squirrels, groundhogs, and porcupines. Bats, birds, raccoons, and weasels are not rodents, and are often covered.
Usually, the damage must have occurred in a single, identifiable event. If it occurred over a gradual period and preventable action could have been taken, it might not be covered.
When you’re shopping for a policy, talk with an agent about possible wildlife damage scenarios you could face. They will be able to inform you on whether the policy offers coverage in each scenario.