How to remove wild animals in your chimney

If there are noises in the chimney, there may be some situations that are causing it. You may have a wild animal using the chimney as their den site. It is also possible that an animal has actually fallen in and is unable to get back up.

When you notice that there is actually an animal in there, please, don’t light a fire as a way of smoking the animal out. You will only end up killing or burning the animal and it is not a humane thing to do.

There are many animals who think that uncapped chimneys are actually hollow trees and they don’t have an idea that the tree is actually a part of a human dwelling. The chimney insides are quite slippery and the only animal that is able to shim up or down is the raccoon. When you listen to the noise that is being made by the animal, you can be able to determine whether the animal is stuck or if the animal is denning. Stuck animals usually scratch and may also keep on flapping wings over and over again as it tries to get out. When the dumber isn’t closed, such an animal may fall to the fireplace.

Animals that use the chimney as a den site make some babies occasionally and some baby noises as the young ones call for the mother.


When you realize that there is an animal issue in the chimney, the first thing you need to determine is whether the animal is trapped or whether it has made a den within the chimney. You may call in in professionals who can help you determine what the case is and give you an idea on what you need to do to remove the animal. Smoking the animal out is out of the question.

For the removal, there are different methods that can be applied and they include trapping the animal so as to get it out. you can also opt to add one way elimination traps for the animals that are using the chimney as a place to live in. you need to make sure that the animal is out before you clean the chimney and then install a cap.

The chimney vent also has to be checked for blockages as well as nesting materials. It is important to note that nesting materials in the vent is a fire hazard. If a vent is blocked, a carbon monoxide hazard looms as well.

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