What To Do If a Squirrel Is In Your Chimney

A chimney seems like a horrible place to live. It’s dark, full of ashes, and people intentionally set fires at the bottom of it. If you’re a squirrel, on the other hand, it would be like finding the most sturdy, hollow-tree in the forest.

A chimney seems like a horrible place to live. It’s dark, full of ashes, and people intentionally set fires at the bottom of it. If you’re a squirrel, on the other hand, it would be like finding the most sturdy, hollow-tree in the forest.

Luckily, there are a number of ways that you are able to get them out. Some of the ways to get a squirrel out of a chimney include:

1) For squirrels that have fallen down your chimney and cannot get out

  • Drop a rope down the top of your chimney. It must be long enough to reach the bottom. Give the animal some time to realize they are able to climb the rope.
  • If this does not work you may have to open your chimney flu and let the squirrel out into your house to be trapped and removed there.

2) If squirrels are living in the chimney

  • Do not start a fire. This will roast the animals alive.
  • Set traps above the top of your flu.
  • Install a one-way exclusion door that allows the animals to exit the chimney but never return.

3) If baby squirrels are living within arm’s reach but cannot climb

  • Remove them by hand while wearing a heavy-duty pair of work gloves.

4) Once the squirrels have been removed you must take preventative steps to ensure they do not return.

Squirrels come in many shapes and sizes. There are squirrels that like to nest above ground in trees, eaves troughs, attics, and chimneys. There are also squirrels that prefer to burrow beneath the ground.
The most common squirrel to be a nuisance on your property is the common grey squirrel. They are grey with a white belly. Other tree squirrels like the American Red Squirrel may also present an issue.
Squirrels are around all year long, though you are less likely to see them out and about during the winter. This is because they choose to remain within their nests with a stockpile of food they have collected. They are typically not an issue unless they enter your home to set up a nest.

Even if there is no sign that a squirrel entered through the top of your chimney, there are still ways they may have entered. They are incredibly destructive and, like rats, are able to fit into holes smaller than their bodies to get inside. If this takes them to an HVAC vent, they may find their way into your chimney through that.

Squirrel In Chimney

They present a health hazard in a number of ways. Recent research has indicated that many squirrels carry bacteria that, when in contact with humans, may cause leprosy. They also can spread fleas, ticks, mites, and other parasites if they are in close contact with people. These parasites can cause Lyme disease, encephalitis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Not only are they a cause of disease spreading, but they also create a fire hazard. This is because they like to build their nest out of small and flammable objects. Twigs, string, scraps of cloth, leaves, and hair are all among the objects that make up a squirrels nest. They also are known to chew through your wiring which creates a terrible combination that could lead to a house fire. To help you prevent these events from occurring here are some tips for dealing with squirrels.
The most important thing you can do when you begin dealing with a squirrel problem is to discover where they are entering your home. If they are in your chimney it is most likely they entered through the top. This part of your chimney is referred to as the flu. If there is not a cap on yours it is simply a hole in the top of your roof.
If there are any existing holes in your roof or walls, squirrels are also excellent at exploiting these weaknesses. If the hole is not large enough for them to enter, they will dig and chew at it until they can fit.
Once you have found where the squirrels are entering you will have to set up traps. This is contingent on if it is even legal in your area to trap squirrels. In many areas, it is not. To make sure you should get in contact with your municipal bylaw office, your local humane society, or your fish and game office to ensure what you are doing is legal.
If the answer is yes, you will have to purchase either a live trap or a kill trap. While a kill trap may seem easier, it is typically not the most recommended method in dealing with a pest. Catch and release are far more humane and won’t leave babies to die without their mother.
When you are setting your squirrel trap you should use a bait that the squirrels will seek out. Peanut butter and fruit are both great options. Because squirrels are incredibly hesitant to take the bait you may be better off pre-baiting the trap for several days before arming the trap. This will lure the squirrels into a false sense of security when entering the trap once it has been armed. If you are having difficulty you absolutely should hire a professional. Squirrels are difficult to catch and are one of the times a professional will likely be needed.
Once you have removed the squirrels you will need to have your chimney cleaned. While you could in theory do this yourself, you are much better off hiring a professional. Cleaning a chimney is already a difficult task without adding in the extra bio-hazardous waste that squirrels will leave behind.

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