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Hiring a Quality Animal Removal Specialist

Quality Animal Removal Image - Aurora IL - Pozzi Chimney SweepThe gentle crackling of a fire is relaxing and comforting in the middle of cold winter weather. But when you hear screeching and scratching coming from your chimney in the middle of warm summer days or nights, you may not be quite so comfortable thinking about what might be hiding out there! Your chimney makes an ideal nesting place for some birds, squirrels, or even raccoons. And sometimes it’s an accidental tourist you may have in your chimney, a scared bird or squirrel that can’t fly or climb out. When this happens, special care must be taken to remove the visitor from your home.

Why is this a Problem?

You may wonder why it’s a big deal if there are animals nesting in your fireplace. You won’t be using it during the summer anyway, right? Well, there are a couple of reasons why this isn’t a good idea.

First, it’s true that most animals build their nests to have their young, then, when the babies are old enough to survive on their own, they move out. The nest that they leave behind is worrisome because it can be a spark catcher when you begin using your fireplace again. If this does happen, make sure that you call the professional, CSIA certified chimney sweeps at Pozzi Chimney Sweep to clear your chimney before starting any fires in your fireplace.

Another reason that you want to avoid having birds or other animals in your chimney is because of what is left in their wake. According to the Animal Control Specialist website, if animals are left to nest in your chimney unrestricted, they can cause flies and fleas in your home, excessive negative odor from urine and droppings, and damage to the flue tiles in your chimney.

Can You Take Care of Removal on Your Own?

It may be tempting to try to get rid of any creatures on your own, and you might have some success if the animal in question isn’t stuck or stubborn. But a better option for animal removal is to call animal control experts who know what to do to get rid creatures at different stages of infestation.

Chimneys.com reports that it is illegal to take certain birds out of your chimney during nesting season. You’ll need to wait until the baby birds are out of the nest, then have your chimney cleaned and a chimney cap installed. This is another job that Pozzi Chimney Sweep can take care of with ease and efficiency.

In the case of larger animals, however, you will want to call animal removal specialists who will perform this job in a humane, efficient way. The Humane Society website gives some of the following tips for choosing a good animal removal specialist:

  • ask for an inspection and a removal cost estimate
  • ask for specifics on how the animal will be removed
  • be attentive for unethical practices
  • get referrals from trusted sources

After Removal, Have Your Chimney Inspected and Cleaned

After you have your animal removal problems taken care of, be sure to call Pozzi Chimney Service to inspect and clean your fireplace so that it’s ready for fireplace season. These professionals will also be able to recommend preventative measures to ensure that these creatures don’t come back.