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Santa has Come and Gone, So Who’s That in my Chimney?

Now that cold weather is here Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control will get more calls of squirrels, birds and raccoons going down chimneys and invading homes.

Uncapped chimneys, openings into attics, rotting roofs and loose shingles are all invitations to animals seeking a place to den.

Raccoons are excellent climbers; they will use nearby trees, television towers or downspouts to gain access onto a roof. Chimneys are especially appealing to raccoons, as they represent their common nest in the wild a hollowed out tree. During the winter months, juveniles born the previous year will leave the maternal den site and seek out a new home.

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control often gets call from homeowners around mid-January from homeowners hearing strange noises that sound like fighting. This is often raccoons mating. They begin mating in January and February and will be looking for a warm place to deliver and raise their spring babies.

Squirrels are seldom far from trees; they rely on trees for shelter, to escape from predators, and to bear and raise young.  However, as humans continue to cut down more and more trees, squirrels have adapted by utilizing almost anything that looks or acts like a tree for their activities.  As a result, squirrels often make their way into attics and crawl spaces along the upper levels of houses.

Squirrels give birth twice a year, in the spring (January-April) and in the fall (July-August).

Baby Raccoons

Birds that have mistakenly ended up in your fireplace or chimney can be a stressful situation. Not only is it stressful for you but it is also very alarming for the bird as well. Sometimes birds who are resting or nesting on top of the chimney occasionally wander inside, leaving themselves helpless and unable to fly back up to escape.

If you have an animal in your chimney, never light a fire in an attempt to smoke them out as this is both inhumane and dangerous.

A properly screened chimney keeps birds, bats, squirrels, raccoons, and other animals out of your chimney and fireplace when the damper is open. Never attempt to install a chimney cap until you are certain that all animals have vacated the chimney.

Call a professional

If you think you have an animal in your home, you should not try to remove them yourself. These animals have been known to carry some infectious diseases and they may become aggressive if they (or their young) feel threatened. It’s always better to call Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Our trained technicians are here to help.

While animals in your chimney might not be what you asked for in the New Year, if handled professionally and quickly, the damage can be limited and you can have your house back to yourself and enjoy cozy winter days by the fire.

Call Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control today. 1-888-592-0387.
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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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