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Q.Chipmunks Making Burrows In Berm

Zone Pine Bush, NY | john added on June 3, 2024 | Answered

recently created a 40 ft long berm and then planted a row of 6 ft tall arborvitae and hemlock in order to create a privacy hedge. Chipmunks are now making holes (burrows i assume) into the berm and some burrows are near the roots of the shrubs/trees. Will these critters damage the shrubs/trees in any way, and if so, is there any way to discourage this behavior? BTW, we have a lot of chipmunks on the property!

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Answered on June 3, 2024

These little guys can do quite a bit of damage unfortunately. Trapping them, humanely dispatching them, prevention with either chemicals or natural things like pepper, and leading them away from your berm will be necessary and needs to be consistent. These articles will go into more detail.



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