If you own a home with a chimney, you may be familiar with the scurrying noise in your chimney. You hope you’re imagining things, but as they continue to scurry around you recognize a critter may have found their way inside. Unfortunately, animals want warmth, and a fireplace is a great place to find that.
Who are the main culprits and how can you prevent this from happening? Let’s take a closer look.
Furry visitors can come in all shapes and sizes. Below are some of the most common ones.
Squirrels are surprisingly quite resourceful — they can even open chimney dampers, and chew through your siding and roof. This is obviously not ideal as a homeowner. If they nest inside your chimney, you may need special tools or a professional to help remove them.
Bats serve their purpose in their own environment, but when they come into ours, it can mean trouble. They can carry rabies and since they fly, can reach all corners of your home.
One thing you can do to dissuade them from entering your chimney is to have a bat house in your yard, as far away from your home as possible.
Like bats, birds may fly into and seek comfort in your chimney. They also may nest in your chimney. Be careful about removing nests because it is illegal to remove a migratory bird during nesting season. It’s best to call a professional if you encounter this.
As cute as their faces are, raccoons are a large creature to share space with — especially when uninvited. Contact a professional if you find a momma raccoon seeking shelter as they will attack if they feel threatened.
The most effective way to prevent unwelcome visitors in your chimney is to install a chimney cap or ensure your chimney cap is in good condition. There are a few different options you can purchase and install.
No matter your chimney or circumstances, chimney professionals can help to get your chimney animal proofed.