Be on the Lookout for Winter Critter Damage

by Gretchen Voyle, MSU Extension

Some critters that may cause landscape damage during the growing season hibernate or partially hibernate during the winter and don't feed. The woodchuck and thirteen-lined ground squirrel sleep the winter away underground. The eastern chipmunk partially hibernates and may pop above ground occasionally if its food stores run low. However, winter is a busy time for other landscape-damaging critters. The Michigan State University Extension Service offers some helpful information on winter critter damage here.