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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
  • 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

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.

Setting traps

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 instantly.

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 home page.

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