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How to Remove a Wild Animal in the Chimney

A chimney makes a house seem to homey. There is nothing better than sitting in front of the fireplace on a cold evening with that special person enjoying gazing into the fire as your hold each other close. It is the ultimate romantic setting that so many enjoy.

The problem is that humans are not the only ones who see the hominess of the chimney. Many animals find that the chimney is the ideal place to build a home of their own, especially if your chimney has undergone a long period of disuse. Your chimney can become the perfect home for birds, bats, squirrels, rats, and other Greenville vermin.

This may not be as much of a big deal if they only ever chose to go up as their means of exit, but some have the audacity to believe they should swoop down your chimney like Santa, entering your South Carolina home and bringing their disease and dirt with them. It can create an atmosphere that can turn your home into a nightmare instead of the wonderful castle you long for.

So if this is the case, how do you get rid of that animal? The first inclination that many have is to simply start a fire to scare them out. This should never be employed as a solution. It may seem logical but this can literally blow up in your face. Let me explain.

Let’s say you start a fire and the little South Carolina squirrel living in your chimney catches on fire. He falls down into your Greenville fireplace and, completely terrified, runs out of the fireplace and across your living room to your couch to hide. Of course he is on fire, so he has set your living room and couch on fire as well as he has run for his life. Now your little nuisance problem has turned into a three alarm blaze.

The solution to removing the animal depends upon what kind of animal you have stuck in your chimney. Raccoons are able to shimmy their way up and down your South Carolina chimney, but most other animals are not. That means when they are in your chimney they are stuck. The only way to get them out is to bring them down, and we know you don’t really want that.

The solution is a trap. You can buy a trap at your local home improvement store that you slide into your chimney near the trap door. You should place peanut butter or some other substance that will keep. The trap will close on the animal and once you have them you can let them out somewhere else, or take them to a wild life preserve where they can be cared for.

If it is a raccoon a trap may not work simply because most raccoons are rather large and trying to put a trap in your chimney may not be feasible. It is likely that the raccoon chose your South Carolina home because it saw the chimney as a quiet place to enjoy a little solitude while it rested. The best thing you can do to scare it away is to ruin that tranquility. If you have a large radio that plays very loud put it facing the bottom of the fireplace and let the music play – LOUD!! Do this just before the sun comes up and you can be sure that the raccoon will run for his or her life. They simply hate that kind of noise and will scurry away as fast as they can. It is also likely they will not return.

The same strategy can be used for birds. Simply play some blasting music into the fireplace and they will go flying away as well. Animals want peace and quiet, and loud music will destroy that. The kind of music does not matter, but I hear if a bat is in your Greenville chimney that Ozzy Osbourne works especially well (Just kidding).

Once you have remained the house guest you will want to ensure that this does not happen again. The best thing to do is to go and buy a chimney cap that you can install at the top of your chimney. This is a wire screen that is small enough in between wires to prevent animals from getting through. It is also sturdy enough to keep them from tearing it off or cutting through it with their teeth to gain access. This will keep your fireplace secure and animal free.

With these small steps you can have your romantic evening back again, and keep those pesky Greenville animals out. We know they simply want to ruin your romantic evening, and with these steps you can keep them from doing so. It is the perfect solution to turn your home back into a welcoming place for your human guests.

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