Sweet baby raccoons, little squirrels running through the yard, baby birds chirping for their mama: who can resist these tiny little faces! They are fun to watch as they frolic through your yard. Trouble is, when those animals get in your chimney, they don’t seem quite so sweet or cute. Why do these animals search out your chimney to make their nests? There are a few really good reasons for this.
Perfect Spot For A Nest
What are animals looking for when they want to build a nest? Someplace warm, out of the way of wind and rain, someplace safe from predators that might be looking to carry off some of their young. Out in the wilderness, a natural place to build a nest and raise a family is a hollow tree trunk. Since hollow logs are getting harder to find, a chimneys makes a great replacement.
In some cases, it may be that a bird or animal has fallen into your chimney and can’t find their way out. There are ways to tell if it’s an accidental entry or if it’s a nesting situation. If it sounds like there are scratching noises, or if it sounds as though there is a frantic wing-flapping, chances are it’s stuck and trying to get out. If the noises are more regular, or if it sounds like baby birds chirping, then it’s probably a nesting situation.
If you don’t mind the animal noises, then you can just wait for the baby critters to get big enough to go out on their own. This may take a couple weeks, but some people find it enjoyable to know that they are helping little critters grow. If, on the other hand, you can’t handle the noises, it may be time to call in the professionals from Owens Chimney Systems. We can help remove animals from your chimney, but keep in mind that there are federal and state regulations that may affect whether or not these creatures can be removed while they are still in the nest.
If an animal gets stuck and dies while in your chimney, we can also come in and take care of that. We have experience in removing dead animals from your chimney, and can also recommend ways to keep animals out. We’ll check out the condition of your chimney cap and make repairs, or if you don’t have a chimney cap, we’ll recommend the best fit for your chimney.
No matter what you are looking for when it comes to animal removal and keeping the animals out of your chimney, the place to call is Owens Chimney Systems. We’ll make sure that you don’t have any unwanted guests taking up residency in your chimney!