The following are just a few of the different animals that could be living in your chimney: Bats, birds (especially migratory birds,) raccoons, squirrels. The most humane treatment for wild animals seeking refuge in your chimney is to have a cap installed (AKA an animal guard, spark arrestor, or raincoat) before they get into your chimney. Fact: Birds will return to the same chimney each year to have their young!

Birds/Migratory Birds

Chimneys offer some protection for birds from their predators. Most birds tend to build their nests on the sides/edges of the flue tiles inside the chimney. It is important to know that Migratory Birds are protected by Federal Law while in their nesting stages. This type of bird is called a Chimney Swift. Unfortunately, you will have to deal with loud sounds of the baby birds while nesting. Once the birds are old enough to “fly the coop,” then you should have the chimney thoroughly cleaned and a “raincap,” “animal guard,” or “spark arrestor” installed on the chimney flue. Unfortunately, we remove dead animals (particularly birds) who have fallen down inside the chimney. The homeowner smells something “rotten” and it usually results in dead/decaying animals in the chimney just above the fireplace. Generally, the homeowner doesn’t realize there is a dead animal until the smell is pungent.

Bats

Bats generally don’t like to use the chimney because their radar gets thrown off. Most often you will find bats in the attic and/or between the siding of the house and the chimney. Once the bats are removed, have the chimney thoroughly cleaned and a “raincap,” “animal guard,” or “spark arrestor” installed.

Raccoons

Raccoons are aggressive and mean who can potentially be rabid! Do not try to remove them yourself. Call a chimney or animal control specialist. Once the raccoons are removed, have the chimney thoroughly cleaned and a “raincap,” “animal guard,” or “spark arrestor” installed.

Squirrels

Squirrels make very strong nests, sometimes packing them so tightly that it takes a longer to remove the nests from the flues. More times than not, baby squirrels have a tendency to fall down into the actual fireplace causing a crazy ruckus inside the house or the home owner smells something ‘rotten” and it usually results in dead/decaying animals in the chimney just above the fireplace. Generally, the homeowner doesn’t realize there is a dead animal until the smell is pungent. Once the squirrels are removed, have the chimney thoroughly cleaned and a “raincap,” “animal guard,” or “spark arrestor” installed.

Contact us!

No matter what kind of animal is making your chimney its home, we can help remove and clean up the aftermath. Call us before it is too late! Let us help prevent the “animal drama” and treat these wild animals in a very humane way. Install a “raincap,” “animal guard,” or “spark arrestor.” It is definitely worth the money and can potentially save you hundreds of dollars.