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Squirrels in the chimney: What should I do?

Squirrels are a typical pest that enters the home in a variety of ways, usually living in the attic or chimney space. Squirrels are quite the climbers and use their skills to gain entry into the home via the roofline, soffits, fascia etc. When squirrels begin living within your home, you and your family are at risk for several reasons. Squirrels can chew through wiring which can lead to electrical fires as well as gnaw on wood, which can lead to structural damage in the home. Overall, squirrels should be removed by professionals to ensure the safety and integrity of your home.


Squirrels and Chimneys

One area of the house that squirrels often frequent is the chimney. Squirrels will climb their way up a chimney and use the space above the fireplace as their home. This can be a problem on many levels. There are two ways in which squirrels will end up inside your chimney. In one instance, squirrels will live at the base of the chimney and will use the chute to come and go as they please. When this happens, the squirrel will need to be removed by a professional. Squirrels can become excited and fearful when they feel they are in danger. You need an expert in humane squirrel removal to assist with catching the squirrel and releasing it outside. You want to be able to use your chimney in the winter months and be sure it isn’t clogged with nesting material, so removal is essential to everyone.

A baby squirrel at the bottom of a blocked chimney

Another common issue with squirrels and chimneys is that the squirrel falls down the chimney and cannot climb back up. It’s stuck and without intervention will die. If your chimney has a metal or clay lined flue, they will be unable to gain a grip and remove themselves from the area. Brick lined flues are easy to traverse and squirrels have no trouble setting up a nest in such chimneys and calling it home.

Overall, it is important to listen and watch for clues that squirrels are living in your home, especially in the chimney area as this can be dangerous. Listen for movement in the chimney as well as in the walls and attic of your home. If you hear scratching or the pattering of feet, then you most likely have a squirrel problem. And of course, if you see an actual squirrel, then you most definitely have an issue!

Once you recognize that you have a squirrel problem in the home, contact professional wildlife technicians. A professional who specializes in dealing with squirrels will be able to easily assess the situation and take action. You will not have to endure the squirrel in your home for an extended period of time as the technician will be able to use humane techniques in order to remove the squirrel as well as any babies that might be present and secure the top of the chimney to prevent a future incident.

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control specializes in pest control including the removal of squirrels from the home. Contact the office today to find out more about such removal services or schedule an appointment for assistance.

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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