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Squirrel & Chipmunk Removal in the McHenry County, IL, Area

Rodents, such as squirrels and chipmunks, may appear cute and cuddly, but they can cause severe damage. While chipmunks’ pudgy cheeks, large, glossy eyes, and bushy tails have made them a favorite among animators, even landing them a series of starring roles in Hollywood, they can be a nuisance for many home and business owners. If found nesting in an attic, their chewing often destroys wood floors, electrical wiring, and insulation. Squirrels and chipmunks have also been known to carry and spread many contagious diseases through their urine and feces. If you need safe, active squirrel and chipmunk removal in McHenry, Lake, or Northern Cook County, call upon Illinois Wildlife Services, Inc.

squirrel at the base of a tree eating a nut

Understanding Your Pest: What to Know About Squirrels

Squirrels are a member of the rodent family and are a daytime animal. They commonly nest in attics, soffits, eves, and trees. Their breeding season is usually in the spring, and once again during the fall, with an average litter size of 4 to 6. Squirrels are extremely intelligent and adaptable, and their front teeth never stop growing. The word “rodent” actually means “to gnaw” in Latin. Depending on the species, squirrels can range in size from 2.8 inches to over 3 feet, weighing as much as 18 pounds!

Understanding Your Pest: What to Know About Chipmunks

Lively and speedy, chipmunks are small members of the squirrel family that are almost exclusively found in North America. They’re generally seen scampering through the undergrowth of a variety of plants and shrubs. Some chipmunks dig burrows to live in, complete with tunnels and chambers, while others make their homes in nests, bushes, or logs.

Chipmunks can be gray to reddish-brown in color with contrasting dark and light stripes on the sides of their face, across their back and tail. They range in size from 7.2 to 11 inches, weighing as much as 4.4 ounces. Chipmunks generally have two breeding seasons: February to April and another from June to August. After a 30-day gestation, a litter of 2-8 is usually born.

Prevention Services to Stop Future Rodent Infestations

Our wildlife removal and control programs at Illinois Wildlife Services, Inc. are not only designed to help you rid your home or business of nuisance wildlife, but they’re also used to ensure you don’t have a future invasion as well. When you need squirrel and chipmunk removal services in McHenry, Lake, or Northern Cook County, please feel free to contact us to request an estimate. Using safe, eco-friendly products and techniques for nearly 20 years, we offer 30- to 90-day guarantees. Call us today!

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