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Due to trees being cut down because of real estate development, birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals are choosing chimneys as nesting spots. This can lead to several problems, including damage to chimneys and homes. Wild animals inside your chimney are not only annoying, but they can also spread diseases. Even worse, one of these critters could get stuck inside your chimney and die. Ashbusters would like to tell you more about what you should do if an animal has entered your chimney.

Who should I call if an animal has entered my chimney?

You may want to call a pest control company or a wildlife removal company to help you if a wild animal has gotten inside your chimney. However, according to Chimneys.com, wildlife removal from a chimney can be challenging because of the lack of space available to work in a chimney. No company is more experienced than a chimney company with the anatomy of a chimney. A certified chimney technician can not only help you get the creature out of the chimney, but he can also help you prevent the animal from returning.

What about birds?

If a family of birds gets into your chimney, it can be a little more complicated. Certain species of birds are protected by federal law in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes it illegal to remove birds from their nests. Included in this protection are chimney swifts who frequently build nests inside chimneys. Ashbusters will never remove these birds, but we can give you advice on dealing with them until they leave on their own in the fall. Once they have left, we can remove their nest and prevent them from returning the next spring.

How can I keep birds and other wild animals out of my chimney?

Your chimney needs to be protected with a chimney cap to prevent these critters from entering. Ashbusters sells a wide variety of caps, and we can show you the best ones for keeping out wild animals and birds. You will want to choose a chimney cap that is equipped with mesh metal sides that deter animal and bird invasions. Once you have selected a cap, we will professionally install it to ensure your chimney is adequately protected.

Make sure your chimney is capped to keep birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals out of your home. Contact us at Ashbusters to find out more about our chimney cap sales and professional installation services.