If you have noticed scurrying and scratching sounds coming from your chimney, there’s most likely an animal inside your chimney. Now that cooler weather has arrived in the Lower Hudson Valley area, these sounds are not uncommon. As your chimney is the perfect place for wild animals to nest or hibernate.
Our staff at All Seasons Chimney gets plenty of calls about animals in their chimneys. We specialize in preventing wild animals and birds from entering your chimneys by providing the best selection of chimney caps. We would like to tell you more about these critters and what to do to keep them out of your chimney this fall.
What kind of wild animal is in my chimney?
You will easily know if birds are inside your chimney by the chirping sounds. However, if you are hearing scurrying sounds, it could be one of many wild animals that are commonly found in chimneys. These critters include squirrels, raccoons, and opossums.
Although it is common for wild animals like raccoons to mistake chimneys for hollow trees as a nesting spot, according to the Wildlife Hotline. Often, a bird or wild animal could have fallen into your chimney and can’t get out. When this happens, there is a high risk of the critter dying inside your chimney. You may have heard from some to try and smoke a trapped animal out of your chimney, but the Wildlife Hotline and other wildlife and fire safety organizations advise against this tactic. The best solution is to contact a wildlife removal professional for this situation!
How can All Seasons Chimney help me keep them out of my chimney?
The best way to prevent birds, squirrels, bats, raccoons, and other wild animals from entering your chimney is to get a chimney cap professionally installed. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney technicians can help you pick out a cap that is equipped with mesh metal sides to help keep critters from entering your chimney.
All Seasons Chimney is here to help keep wild animals out of your chimney this fall. Contact us today at 845-567-1217 to learn more about our chimney cap sales and installation services.