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Chipmunks and ground squirrels can be a nuisance both because they burrow in the dirt around foundations and other structures around our homes and because of their diet. Modifying your yard can help discourage damage caused by feeding, while installing barriers can help prevent them from causing problems around foundations.
To avoid problems with chipmunks, do not plant too close to your foundation, Wildlife Illinois reports. You can prevent damage from 13-lined ground squirrels by allowing herbaceous vegetation to grow tall along your property.
You should also remove seed-bearing weeds, which are a good food source for both animals, and consider keeping the soil where they are present moist with overhead watering. (However, keep in mind local watering restrictions.)
If chipmunks and ground squirrels are digging around and under foundations, consider installing a barrier around the foundation to keep them away. You can use hardware cloth, placing it around the foundation and bending it at a 90-degree angle then burying it with soil, Wildlife Illinois advises. If you have holes or cracks in your foundation, close or cover them so no animals can gain access.
If animals on your property continue to cause damage after corrective measures have been taken, consider humanely removing and relocating them only as a last resort. Chipmunks and 13-lined ground squirrels are not protected by the Illinois Wildlife Code and can be trapped without a permit. Franklin’s ground squirrels are threatened in Illinois, and handling, capture, relocation and lethal removal is illegal and prohibited without an endangered and threatened species permit issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. If you do not want to remove a chipmunk or 13-lined ground squirrel yourself, contact a licensed wildlife control operator to contract their services.
If you trap a chipmunk or ground squirrel, you will need to relocate it at least 5 miles to 10 miles away from your property. You must have written permission from the property owner before releasing a chipmunk or ground squirrel on land you do not own.
All wildlife in Illinois are under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Forest Preserve District of Will County does not treat, rescue or remove wildlife from public or private property. Both the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife Illinois maintain lists of wildlife rehabilitators you can contact for assistance with injured wildlife.
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