Discovering that you have a family of birds, squirrels, raccoons, or other wild animals in your chimney is actually very common. As more and more trees get cut down, these critters often mistake chimneys for the tall, hollow trees. Normally these trees would serve as their nesting location. Once they have moved into your chimney, you will soon know by the scurrying sounds coming from the fireplace. If you suspect that wild animals have gotten into your chimney, Ashbusters can help. Our trained and certified chimney professionals can prevent them from coming back too. Our chimney cap sales and installations will keep them out. We would like to tell you more about how to deal with a wild animal invasion of your chimney.
Determine the type of animal that is in your chimney.
Most homeowners know they have wild animals inside their chimneys because they hear chirping, scurrying, and scratching noises coming from their fireplaces. According to the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management, baby raccoons sound like baby birds chirping. However, you will know if they are raccoons by their distinctive rustling sounds. Described as plodding and slow-moving, their movements sound like something is being dragged up and down the chimney. Squirrels usually make lots of scratching sounds, and they can also be identified by the clicking noises.
If you hear are grinding noises, you may have a species of birds known as chimney swifts. If this is the case, you will have to wait until they leave on their own in the fall. These birds are protected by federal law in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes it illegal to move these birds and their eggs from their nesting spots.
Make sure your chimney is properly capped.
To prevent wild animals from entering your chimney, Ashbusters strongly recommends that you get a new chimney cap that is equipped with mesh metal sides that will keep out any critters. We have a wide range of chimney caps from which you can choose, and after you have bought your cap, one of our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney professionals can install it on the top of your chimney to give you the best protection against birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals getting into the chimney.
Keep your chimney safe from animal and bird invasions. Contact us today at Ashbusters to schedule your appointment for our professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services.