How to Get Rid of a Squirrel in the Fireplace
If you have a squirrel in your fireplace, you might be wondering how to get rid of it. If the squirrel is living in the fireplace, do not light a fire! Smoking the animal out might help, but it may make the problem worse. Before you try putting a smoke trap into the fireplace, read the following tips. Hopefully, this will help you to get rid of the squirrel once and for all. But if you are unsure, you can use the following tips to get rid of the squirrel in the fireplace.
Do not light a fire
There are several ways to get a squirrel out of your chimney without setting a fire. Depending on the situation, squirrels may have accidentally fallen into the chimney or went in the chimney intentionally. In this case, you will need to offer them a way out. You can place a thick rope over the chimney and let the squirrel drop through the damper. If the squirrel is injured, you can put a fire extinguisher near the chimney.
In case your fireplace is made of heavy metal, it might trap a squirrel. This can be very dangerous. Squirrels may attempt to escape the chimney by climbing up the fireplace itself. You will have to be extremely careful when doing this. Besides being inhumane, this act is illegal in Tonto. In some states, burning squirrels is illegal, so be sure to follow local laws and not burn down the fireplace.
Do not live-trap a squirrel
Do not live-trap a squirrel in your fireplace. Although squirrels are very opportunistic, they can get stuck in the fireplace and not move out, so they will not move from the back corner of your house. If you can’t get them to leave, you can try to bait them with peanut butter and place the trap inside the fireplace. Make sure to open the trap slowly and quietly. You should not use force, and if you do, you might end up with a dead animal that smells terrible.
Squirrels are naturally curious and can explore chimneys if there is an opening. If a squirrel climbs a chimney, you’ll want to use a trap that is designed for this purpose. You can buy live traps at feed stores or online. Be careful not to shock the squirrel, as it might run through the trap and fall into the chimney. Afterward, try to move out slowly to give the squirrel time to explore the trap.
Do not try to smoke a squirrel out of the chimney
If you hear a screeching noise coming from your fireplace or basement, it is likely that a squirrel has found its way into the chimney or fireplace. Do not smoke it out. This can actually cook the animal alive. It will also give off a foul odor. In such cases, it is best to simply encourage it to move out of the chimney. However, if you do not hear any sounds, it is time to call the wildlife center.
If you’re unable to catch the squirrel in time, you can try to lure it out of the fireplace by hanging a rope from the top of the chimney. If the squirrel is not injured, it will grasp onto the rope and run up the chimney. Otherwise, if the animal is already dead, you can try to smoke the squirrel out yourself. It may take a few hours to get the squirrel to go away, but it’s better than the alternative.
Do not light a fire if you have a squirrel in the fireplace
If you notice a squirrel in your fireplace, do not light a fire! The temperature inside the fireplace ducts is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and it can easily ignite the squirrel’s urine and feces. The best way to remove a squirrel from your fireplace is by calling a professional. If you are attempting to remove a squirrel yourself, wear gloves and a face mask to protect yourself from the sharp claws of the animal.
The first step in getting rid of a squirrel from your fireplace chimney is to make sure it is not too high up in the chimney. If you are able to locate the squirrel, tie up some rope, towels, or old clothes to prevent the animal from climbing the chimney and entering the house. After you get the squirrel out, replace the cap. This will keep the squirrel from falling down the chimney.
How do you keep a squirrel from coming down your chimney?
You can keep a squirrel from coming down your chimney by installing a chimney cap or a chimney balloon.
What do squirrels like to eat?
Squirrels like to eat a variety of things including nuts seeds fruits and insects.
How do you get rid of a squirrel in your house?
If there is a squirrel in your house it is probably best to call an animal control professional to have it removed.
How do squirrels get into attics?
Squirrels typically get into attics through holes in the roof or eave.
How do you get rid of a squirrel in your attic?
If you have a squirrel in your attic you will likely need to call an animal control professional to have it removed.
Is it legal to kill a squirrel?
It is generally legal to kill a squirrel but there may be some restrictions in certain areas.
How do you kill a squirrel?
There are a number of ways to kill a squirrel including shooting it trap it or using a poison.
How do you make a squirrel trap?
You can make a squirrel trap by using a wire cage and baiting it with food.
What kind of bait do you use for a squirrel trap?
Some good baits to use for a squirrel trap include nuts seeds and fruits.
How do you keep squirrels away from your bird feeder?
You can keep squirrels away from your bird feeder by using a squirrel proof bird feeder or by placing the bird feeder out of reach.
How do you keep squirrels away from your house?
You can keep squirrels away from your house by sealing up any holes or cracks they may use to get inside.
How do squirrels cause damage?
Squirrels can cause damage to your property by chewing on wires or chewing holes in your walls or roof.
What diseases do squirrels carry?
Some of the diseases that squirrels can carry include rabies salmonella and leptospirosis.
How can I tell if a squirrel is sick?
Some signs that a squirrel may be sick include acting lethargic having seizures or being aggressive.
What should I do if I find a sick squirrel?
If you find a sick squirrel it is best to call an animal control professional to have it removed.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.