How to Get a Squirrel Out of a Chimney
If you’re looking for a solution to your squirrel problem, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you’ll learn how to get a squirrel out of a chimney, protect your chimney from the weather, and repel squirrels. We’ll also show you a trick that can work for squirrels in walls, too. Hopefully one of these methods will work for you.
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Getting a squirrel out of a chimney
You might be wondering how to get a squirrel out of a chimney. If the squirrel is trapped in a dead position, the first step is to use a long handled shovel to scoop it out. Next, place it inside a plastic bag. Use a second plastic bag and tie the two together with a tight knot. If you want to catch the whole family, you can place the dead squirrel in a cage with a mesh net.
It is always better to catch a squirrel in its early stages rather than wait for it to become trapped. If the squirrel is not injured, it will be more likely to jump out of the chimney and run away. However, if the squirrel is trapped in the attic, you can use a rodent repellent to keep the animal from climbing up the chimney. The rodent repellent can also be used to keep the animal away.
Using wildlife eviction fluid
The best way to get a squirrel out of a home chimney is to spray predator urine. This repellent spray is particularly effective at scaring the squirrel and keeping other squirrels away. The scent is so bad that even the female squirrel will flee to safer grounds. If the squirrel is still inside the chimney, try using the wildlife eviction fluid. It works by making the female squirrel fear for her young and move them to another location.
A different type of animal may be hiding in a chimney. If you can’t get a raccoon out, you can use a snake. Make sure the snake is long enough to reach the squirrel’s body. The snake should be tied to an iron rod or a frame. If this method fails, consider using Wildlife eviction fluid. You can also use loud music to scare away the raccoon.
Protecting a chimney from the elements
Squirrels are often the culprit behind many fireplace and chimney problems. Unprotected chimneys offer a perfect entry point for these animals, and even a mother squirrel can squeeze through an open flue. They have sharp teeth and are able to clamber out of a chimney, but the mother is likely to have babies to save. In addition to the potential fire danger, a squirrel trapped inside a chimney will attract other pests and birds, so protecting a chimney is an excellent precaution.
Once a squirrel is trapped inside your chimney, it is important to provide some help. A knotted rope or long material can serve as a ladder for the squirrel. Then it will climb out. If it is unable to climb out on its own, it may try to find another way out. But, if it doesn’t have a way out, it will likely die in the chimney.
Repelling squirrels from a chimney
Repelling squirrels from a chimney is an essential step in preventing them from entering your attic or chimney. You can do this by using squirrel repellent spray, which is available in a variety of forms. This spray contains non-exotic chemicals that squirrels do not want to ingest. Using a spray can help you keep a squirrel-free home for a couple of days.
Another effective way to repel squirrels is to cover the opening of your chimney with a cap. This is an easy and affordable method. Since chimney caps have a small opening to let smoke out, they can keep out unwanted guests. But before you try this, it is important to remember that some repellents are poisonous and will kill the squirrels if they ingest them. This is why it’s best to follow these instructions carefully.
Protecting a chimney from airborne diseases
Adding a chimney cap is a must, not just to prevent animals from entering, but to prevent airborne diseases as well. Not only do these creatures create an unnerving noise, they can also cause dangerous flue blockages. To prevent this from happening, follow these easy steps:
First, ensure that you clean your chimney at least twice a year. This will keep it free of debris that can potentially clog it and allow dangerous gases to get into your house. Moreover, if you have a fireplace or wood stove, it’s vital to clean the chimney of ash and debris to prevent airborne illnesses. Also, you need to check for bird nests and other potential problems that might result from your fireplace. Besides, they can also result in a chimney fire. In such cases, you should consider installing an outside air source.
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.