What to do about a squirrel in the fireplace

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You approach your fireplace and put your head inside of it. You look up your fireplace’s chimney and you have something to see - a bushy and thick tail. Do you know to whom that tail belongs to? Well, that tails doesn’t belong to anyone else besides a squirrel. Congratulations, you have a squirrel in your chimney! There are a couple of reasons why in the world that squirrel had entered your chimney. The most appropriate explanation why there’s a squirrel in your chimney is that the squirrel entered your chimney to give birth inside of it. Squirrels give birth to their young in dark and hollow places and your chimney is such a place. Some squirrels enter people’s chimneys by accident as well.

Prevent Squirrels From Entering Your Chimney and Fireplace
If you have a chimney, the chances are high that a squirrel will invade your chimney. Squirrels are fond of invading people’s chimneys because chimneys resemble tree hollows in which these animals give birth and raise their young. Squirrels are likely to invade your chimney if your chimney doesn’t have a chimney cap or if it isn’t screened.

There are various ways how one can prevent squirrels from entering its chimney and thereby save itself from costly repair of damage done to chimney by squirrels. The best preventive measures for preventing a squirrel invading your chimney include mesh, screens, squirrels guards and chimney caps. There are numerous advantages to these preventive measures. One of the best things about installing mesh, screens or chimney caps to your chimney is that they won’t only keep your chimney safe from squirrels but from other wild animals as well - bats, rats, and birds.

Commercial Chimney Caps
Most of the chimney caps you can buy today do a pretty decent job in terms of protecting chimneys from squirrels. However, like every product in this world has a downside to it so do commercial chimney caps have their downsides. The biggest downside to a commercial chimney cap is that it doesn’t prevent squirrels from falling down into the outer flue part of your chimney.

To prevent squirrels from falling down into the outer flue part of your chimney, you should install a screen or a fine mesh to the outer flue part of your chimney. You can also install a heavy wire mesh around your outer flue to prevent wild squirrels reaching that area of your chimney.

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What to do about a squirrel in the fireplace

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