Squirrels are notorious climbers and jumpers, and their abilities allow them to get into quite a bit of mischief. While most of the problems they cause are with bird feeders or exterior siding, sometimes the little creatures get into trouble, squeezing into places they don’t belong or can’t get out of, requiring the services of wildlife control Waukesha.
One common problem squirrels get into is falling into a chimney. The idea perplexes most homeowners because they see squirrels racing up vertical walls and trees and assume the animal can get unstuck. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. When it comes to chimneys, the interior is not as porous as the outside, making traction and grip a challenge. Therefore, it is up to the homeowner and wildlife services to come up with a solution.
Do Not Set a Fire
Too many homeowners believe that a squirrel just needs a little extra motivation to get out of the chimney, so they throw a few logs on the fire. Do not do this. Setting a fire with a living thing in the chimney is inhumane and will likely result in the animal’s death or severe injury. If a squirrel is trapped in your chimney, no amount of fear or intimidation is going to set the animal free.
Offer a Helping Rope
One of the best and safest things you can do for a trapped squirrel is offering a way for it to free itself. While the inside of a chimney might not provide enough grip options, tossing down a think rope or other material can be all that is needed for the animal to escape. Don’t expect the squirrel to grab hold right away, especially with you standing over the opening. Instead, walk away and watch from a distance. It might take several minutes or a few hours, but the animal will likely find its way out.
Make a Little Noise
If the squirrel is below the damper but trapped behind a fireplace screen or glass, do not open the fireplace allowing access to your home. Instead, make a little noise to scare the animal above the damper. Once it is above the damper, close it, keeping the animal out of your home. Once closed, you can try dropping a rope down your chimney or call a wildlife specialist for help.
Put a Cap on the Chimney
If dropping a rope was effective, make sure you put a cap on your chimney to prevent future access. Use steel mesh or a metal cap. If you do not know how to install it, contact a professional.
Call a Wildlife Control Waukesha Specialist
Despite being playful, squirrels are incredibly skittish. There is no shame in throwing in the towel and admitting defeat when it comes to squirrel rescue. In fact, it is likely for the best. Contact a Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control technician for an assessment and animal rescue. While seeing the squirrel in your chimney might scare you, it is likely ten times more terrifying and dangerous for the animal.