how harmful are these cute little creatures in the garden
Well, Mr. Toad,
I did a search here on Gardenweb on chipmunks. Here are a few of the titles of the posts:
Help Chipmunks eating Roses!
The Chipmunks Must Die!
Getting Rid of Chipmunks
Chipmunk holes all over the yard
I Hate Chipmunks
I'll leave you to either read these posts or to make a decision based on the titles.
Here is a link that might be useful: Search for the word Chipmunk on Gardenweb
I have seen them in my yard, but they never stay. My father-in-law had one living underneath his concrete porch where it enter through a large crack. He never had a problem with it.
I have heard people complaining that they dig holes all over the place. I think it depends on how manicure you want your yard to look like. In my opinion, they are a lot less troublesome than the regular squirrels.
one or two .. hopefully of the same sex.. are cute ...
3+ is a horde ... and you know what the khans hordes did across asia ... a few years back ...
They will eat bulbs and dig holes. My advice is to get a cat...maybe two