What to do about a squirrel in
the fire place
Squirrels can get into and outside the chimney
but there are instances where they can get stuck
into the bottom of the chimney into the fire
place. You should therefore never under any
circumstances start a fire because you may end
up burning the animal.
How to remove a squirrel in the fire place
Opening the damper
- Inspect the chimney to determine the exact
position of the stuck squirrel; you can do
this by climbing a ladder so that you can
see where the squirrel fell from. The
squirrel can either be stuck in the primary
flu or in the insulating metal flu.
- If the squirrel is in between the flu, you
can lower a rope until it reaches the bottom
and wait till the squirrel climbs out.
- The squirrel can also be in the regular
chimney, here, you have to determine if it
either leaves there or it’s actually stuck.
If it is stuck, you can either lower a rope
or wait for the squirrel to climb out or you
can open the damper at the bottom and allow
the squirrel to crawl out.
- If the squirrel is living in the attic and
not stuck in the attic, you have to use
conventional trapping techniques and other
exclusion techniques to remove the squirrel
from the fireplace.
Opening the damper above the fire place will
give you several options for instance, snaring
or grabbing the squirrel once it falls out of
the chimney into the fire place.
If the fire place is enclosed, you have the
option of setting traps inside.
For the traps to work you have to ensure that
they are well baited with something like fresh
oranges to ensure that they are captured
If these methods fail, you have another option
of contacting professionals who have the
required tools and equipment that will quickly
help remove squirrels from your fire place.
Why it is important to get rid of
squirrels from the fire place
It is not advisable to have chimneys living in
the chimney or the fire place because they are
likely to cause different damages like chewing
on the wood work and electric wires; squirrels
also bring in nesting debris that may cause fire
outbreaks. Squirrels can also chew through
electrical wires around the fire place which can
be very hazardous. Go back to the How
to get rid of squirrels
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