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How To Get Squirrels Out Of Your Chimney
As everyone who has ever seen a squirrel scampering up a tree will know, these animals are prodigious climbers, and this can also apply to domestic properties as well as trees. Although squirrels will naturally want to prepare their nests in the upper branches of trees, in some cases they will find a chimney when they are looking for somewhere to nest, and will think it a perfect location. The chimney will often be dark and secure and can look a lot like a hollow tree to a squirrel, and will also be quite warm because it is part of a domestic house. It's like
how the rats in this city like to live in attics or walls. We also perform Washington DC rat control services.
What Are The Signs To Look For?
Most people will first start to notice that there are squirrels in the chimney because of the sounds that they will hear within the chimney, and this can often be the sounds of scratching or movement. Squirrels will also be going in and out of the chimney throughout the day, so people may see an increase in squirrel activity in their garden if they actually have a squirrel living in their chimney.
Another thing to look for will be signs of squirrel activity around the walls of the house, as squirrels will often use one path to go up and down the walls when moving to and from the chimney. Nesting materials may be left around the base of the path that they are using, and these can also prove to be a fire hazard while they are inside the chimney too.
Sometimes birds get into chimneys. We are experts in Washington DC bird control. The same goes for bats. Colonies of bats can live inside a chimney. Never start a fire in this case. It
will lead to disaster. Call us for professional Washington DC bat removal.
What To Do Once You Are Sure There Are Squirrels In The Chimney
One of the first instincts that many people will get once they find out that there is to light a fire to try and force the animals to leave, but this can often be exactly the wrong option to take. If the chimney starts to fill with smoke and heat, then the squirrels will often panic and won’t take the obvious action of climbing out of the chimney. The poor animals can cook alive, and this will not only leave you with carcasses in the chimney, but they will also be quite smelly too.
The first course of action will be to hang a rope down into the chimney, as this will make it easier for the squirrels to get in and out. This is not completely necessary, but will make them even more likely to go for the trap you will set. The trap itself should be a typical cage trap which is attached to a wire mesh funnel that will be mounted over the top of the chimney. This will have to be installed when you know the squirrels are in the chimney, otherwise they won’t be trapped. Once the squirrel leaves the chimney to go looking for food, then they will be funnelled into the trap, which can then be removed.
Even though the squirrel will often have no choice but to go into the trap, bait such as oatmeal or peanut butter will often prove to be too tempting to resist, as some squirrels will try and avoid the trap or gnaw through the wire mesh.
Preventing Future Squirrel Infestations In Your Chimney
Once all the squirrels have been removed, it will be wise to have the chimney cleaned to remove any nesting materials that may have been left in the chimney. Once this has been removed, the best course of action will be to install a metal chimney cap over the top of the chimney so that any inquisitive squirrels looking for a nest won’t see your chimney as their new home. Some of these principles work for raccoons as well, which also get into
chimneys. Call us for Washington DC raccoon removal. We are humane in our methods. Remember, we are not a regular pest control or Washington DC rodent extermination company. We are humane wildlife removal professionals.
Other Washington DC animal pest control topics:
Squirrel Prevention Tips
How To Kill Opossum
Getting rid of skunks in Washington DC
Can Wild Animals in the Attic Give Your Pets Fleas?
Wild animals like Washington DC raccoons host a number of parasites in which fleas are amongst the top. These raccoons when live in our
attic transfer the fleas in to our pets, mainly to those who have furry hairs. . Numerous signs can demonstrate insect action
on the pets. A typical sign would be pets that more than once scratch and prep themselves. This is created by the inconvenience
of the bug action as the grown-up bugs eat the pet's blood and cause irritation in them. Rats and mice that live in your attic
can also play an active role in transmitting fleas to your pets especially in cats. These fleas are recognized to contain Marine
Typhus Fever, which is brought about by Rickettsia typhi. Mouse is the most well-known bearers of the malady. Fleas are likewise
ensnared in the conduction of Bubonic Plague that is now uncommon.
Washington DC is a mid-atlantic state, and thus we have a mix of wildlife. Most commonly, we handle squirrels in attics, as well as raccoons, both in homes and outside. We deal with
some opossums and skunks. We also remove Little Brown Bats from buildings. The metro areas do have rats, and we practice non-poison rodent control. We don't deal with too many
snakes in Maryland or northern Virginia. We do professional pigeon control. Sometimes we handle groundhogs and moles. We service Calvert County, Charles County, Frederick County,
Montgomery County, Prince George's County, and surrounding areas. We do work in downtown Washington, D.C. and Arlington and Alexandria Virginia, and also the Virginia towns of
McLean, Herndon, Reston, Tysons, and Vienna Virginia. In Maryland, we service Rockville, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, and even east to Annapolis MD. Learn more about our services in
Rockville MD, and
Silver Spring MD.
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