What wild animals like to live in chimneys?
There are many factors that maintain the safety and condition of the chimney. There are hazards such as the build-up of residue which can cause lots of problems but not many people remember nuisances such as pests which can make their way into the chimney. There are quite a number of animals that can be able to get to the chimney and you need to get them out so as to avoid even greater problems in the future.
Birds in your chimney
If there is any kind of opening present in the chimney, birds may be able to go in. chimney swift is one such bird that is brownish black and loves building its nests within the chimney. When the swift gets into the chimney, it may remain there for about 18 days. These are vocal buggers and they can be irritating more than you can imagine.
When you have a chimney that has swifts, you may need a permit to remove them because they are an endangered species and protected by law. The swifts aren’t likely to return to the same nesting place if the nest is removed.
There are a number of animals that can be able to enter the chimney and these include bats and squirrels. The raccoon is a very popular animal found in the chimneys. The females can make their way to chimneys so as to give birth and raise their young. The mothers can get into the chimney and can make their way through to the smoke shift ad this means they can position themselves just above your fireplace. When they make it this far, there is a chance of getting into your home. Animal odors can be something to get used to if they get this far. You can also get an infestation of ticks, fleas and diseases such as round worms and rabies.
Bats can also find your chimney to be a cozy place where they can roost during the day. The thing with the bats is the fact that they can enter through pretty small spaces. Knowing where the bats are getting in is the first thing that will help you get a solution to the issue at hand.
The best protection
The best way that one can be able to protect the chimney and fireplace is to make sure that you chimney has a functional cap. When the top isn’t closed off properly, you may have animal problems now and then.
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