Have you experienced rodent or other animals occupying your chimney? Don’t wait, call The Fireplace Doctor today for all of your animal removal needs. We handle both living and dead animals. If the animals are alive, we will provide the right sized cage to prevent the animals from being harmed during removal. Animals love to build their homes in well protected places. Many times your chimney is the best choice for a home. Your chimney looks like a big, sturdy hollow tree to most animals. After the chimney animal removal, we determine if they are healthy enough for release back into their natural habitat. If the animal is not completely healthy, it’s taken to a local animal hospital to receive the proper care.
Homeowners try to handle the situation by themselves. This is not the proper way to handle animals in your chimney. Do not start a fire to try to scare the animal to leave. Smoke and/or fire will inhumanely kill the animal inside the chimney, and it could result in damages to your home that will be hard to fix. The smell from the dead animal will stay in your house for many days, even after the first animal problem has already been fixed. A animal that is still living is easier to remove than a dead animal inside a chimney. Our technicians are very careful throughout the entire animal removal process.
If you are having a deceased animal removed, we take the proper steps to ensure you and your family’s health and safety. Sometimes, animals get trapped in your chimney and die. Dead animals can create more issues over time as their bodies decompose. Animal decay is an issue that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. Once the animal is removed, the fireplace/ chimney is then cleaned and fumigated. This ensures you that no mites and lice will be produced from decaying mater and are would not be allowed to enter your home.
A lot of the critters that like to hide out in chimneys are nocturnal. These animals are very active at night and can make a lot of noise. Animal noises from your chimney can keep your family from getting a full night’s rest. Sooner or later, the nocturnal animals in your chimney will get into your home while you sleep. Animals can work the entire night trying to get into your home, and you will have no idea because you will be sleeping. Critters with rabies inside your home is a bad situation that any homeowner will want to avoid. If an animal was able to get into your chimney, then most likely it would find a way to get into your attic. If the animal can get into your attic from your chimney, you will no longer working with a individual critter, but a much larger group of animals.
Raccoons are known to get into chimneys and build their nests. Raccoons can cause damage to the smoke shelf, damper, or flue tiles. Adult raccoons can grow very large. Raccoon mothers can have up to eight babies, but the average amount of offspring is around 2-4. Raccoon offspring are well protected from adult male raccoons in chimneys. Male raccoons consider raccoon babies a threat because they grow up and become competition. The chance of having a large number of animals in your chimney should make the homeowner want to take care of the situation as soon as possible. If a raccoon mother feels threatened, she will protect herself and her offspring at all costs. Professionals should only be the ones to remove raccoons, as they are one of the main carriers of rabies. Through scientific research, it has been determined that up to two-thirds of raccoons have rabies nationwide. Babies should always be removed with the mother raccoon. Without the care of the mother raccoon, the offspring will most likely die in the chimney. Typically,a homeowner is able to capture a raccoon mother either by using a cage, rope, or some other type of capturing device. Unless you’re a trained professional, you will have a very difficult time capturing raccoon babies inside a chimney. To just leave the raccoon offspring inside the chimney is inhumane, so call one of our professional technicians to properly remove all of the animals from the chimney.
You need to have the right covering on your chimney at all times of the year, but especially around the spring months. This is the time Chimney Swifts (birds) like to start nesting and mating. The fecal matter from these birds has been linked to a condition called histoplasmosis. This is an infectious disease of the lungs caused by breathing in dust from the bird droppings. It’s quite common for the bird droppings to collect on the top of your damper. The young, elderly, and people with weak immune systems should be very careful. It can cause breathing problems along with a host of other potential life threatening allergies. Nests of chimney swifts cannot be removed until after the eggs and birds are gone: there is up to a $15,000 fine and 6 month jail penalty for removing active nests.
Animals that are in small places such as chimneys can be dangerous and unpredictable if they feel like they are cornered. Never try to remove an animal from your chimney. Our technicians are certified to handle all types of chimney animal problems. There is less of a chance of one of our technicians getting injured because of their training and experience in animal removal. Call one of our humane animal removal technicians to visit your home. You can also ask our office about our Lock-Top Dampers to avoid other chimney animal problems.