Ground Squirrel Control

Several varieties of ground squirrels and their little cousins, chipmunks, are found locally.  Ground squirrels include:  the rock squirrel (Spermophilus variegates), Wyoming (or Richardson’s) ground squirrel (Spermophilus elegans), 13-lined ground squirrel (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus), and golden-mantled ground squirrel (Spermophilus lateralis).  The two chipmunks are:  the Colorado chipmunk (Tamias quadrivittatus) and least chipmunk (Tamias minimis).

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All local ground squirrels and chipmunks are native in various habitats and all hibernate.  Rock squirrels are rather large speckled gray or tan squirrels with a bushy tail.  They are a real nuisance burrowing under concrete and eating flowers.  They are quite common in the higher rocky areas of Colorado Springs.  The Wyoming ground squirrel resembles a miniature prairie dog in appearance and habits.  They like mountain meadows at higher elevations.  13-lined ground squirrels are small, short-grass prairie animals that resemble a pale, slender chipmunk.  Golden-mantled ground squirrels look like chipmunks on steroids.  They and true chipmunks are found in rocky areas from Colorado Springs west all the way up to timberline.

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Ground squirrels can be effectively controlled with the use of EPA registered poison baits or by live-trapping/relocation.  Chipmunks can be live-trapped and relocated.  We can provide any of these services.

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We’ll have more information about ground squirrel and chipmunk biology, problems they pose, and solutions we offer coming soon.  In the meantime, if you have a ground squirrel or chipmunk problem, call us at 719-636-1014 for an assessment and prices.