Birds In The Chimney
Bird in the chimney issues in Greater Nashville and Middle Tennessee can be noisy and a nuisance problem. Constant noises of chirping, and the sounds of wings fluttering, will eventually wear thin. Common bird in the chimney nuisance complaints we receive include:
- Birds in the chimney flue.
- Chimney swifts in chimney.
- Birds behind the damper.
- Birds getting in chimney cap.
- Birds stuck in chimney.
- Birds nesting in chimney.
- Chimney cap needed over chimney.
- Birds getting in siding of chimney.
- Birds pecking on chimney.
It is important to contact a Animal Pros bird removal specialist for bird in the chimney complaints, as a majority of birds, and bird nests are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty, and will require special permits for bird and nest removal.
Animal Pros bird deterrent services offer:
- Bird Removal
- Nesting Removal
- Sanitizing and Clean Up
- Odor Control
- Chimney Caps
- Crown Repair
- Concrete Repair
- Spike Strips
- Electric Shock Track
- Bird Off Gel
- Eagle Eyes
- And More.
Birds Getting in the Chimney Cap
Chimney caps are made to protect the chimney interior, the vulnerable crown, and to keep animals out, however all chimney caps are not critter proof. Manufactured chimney caps installed on most homes, do have a small gaps at the bottom, that allows birds and other small critters a easy access in. Upgraded chimney caps, ensure to keep birds and other critters on the outside, where they belong. Animal Pros offers superior copper, stainless, and black chimney caps that are critter proof and last forever. We offer custom chimney cap sizes, if your chimney is not a standard size or design. When birds get in through a chimney cap, it can cause a variety of dangerous situations including:
- Fire hazard from nesting materials.
- Opening a flue to a bird or animal getting into the interior.
- Accelerated deterioration of the chimney from animal droppings.
- Strong odors from nesting, droppings, or a dead animal smelled in the interior.
The importance of keeping birds and animals out of your chimney is clear, and the importance of a cap is to not only keep critters out, but reduces the chance of a fire, keeps rain and leaf debris out, and will keep hot ash from landing on the roof. A chimney cap is a small investment to protect your home, and will provide peace of mind knowing it is secure. Contact a Animal Pros specialist today for a chimney evaluation.
Birds Behind The Damper
If you are hearing sounds of fluttering, chirps, and the flapping of wings in your chimney, and sounds as if some sort of animal is fixing to come into the interior of the home, chances are its a bird. When birds enter a chimney opening, they will eventually end up by the damper or flue. For birds to fly, the must fly at a angle, and can’t fly straight up, and with the little space chimneys provide, birds end up with the “short end of the stick”, not being able to fly out, and end up dying. If the chimney damper or flue is open, birds can end up in the interior of the fireplace. Removal often requires professional assistance and will require opening the flue or damper. Contact a Animal Pros specialist today, for immediate bird removal from your chimney damper.
How To Get Birds Out of a Fireplace
When birds problems arise in a chimney or fireplace, there is never a easy solution to the problem. Birds will cause a variety of issues including roosting on the chimney getting stuck in the chimney, and even dying, creating a stressful situation. The only option for a homeowner is to hope as soon as the damper is opened, a bird will fall out into the fireplace, although that will rarely be the case. The first thing you should do, is to contact a professional and discuss all options. Some birds are protected, and it is illegal to remove them, or destroy their nesting, although permits are available. Common problem species of birds attracted to chimneys includes:
- Starlings: Will commonly enter chimney cap openings and be responsible for large nesting problems or dead birds found. Noisy.
- Pigeons: Will roost on chimney caps and seek refuge in a chimney to nest, and leave large dropping accumulations.
- Chimney Swifts (Protected): Will often build dirt nests compacted in the interior and exterior of a chimney. Noisy.
- Sparrows: Will roost on top of a chimney and seek refuge in a chimney.
- Vultures (Protected): Will roost on top of a chimney of a perfect vantage point, creating large fecal accumulations and damage from the acidic droppings.
- Ospreys (Protected): Will build nests on top of a chimney with very large sticks and logs.
- Seagulls (Protected): Will perch on top of a chimney cap as a loafing area throughout the day.
- Ducks (Protected): Will nest in chimney areas, especially if there is no chimney cap.
- Woodpecker (Protected): Will commonly be heard pecking chimneys on stucco, cedar, log, and wood homes or cabins.
Secondly, is to assess the situation and figure out if you are up to the task or if you need help. Chimney areas are often high up, on top of roofs, and will usually require several ladders and multiple trips up and down. The third thing you should do is shine a flashlight from the damper up, or from the cap down. The last thing you should do, if you can remove the bird, is purchase a chimney cap, and ensure to disinfect the area, and remove all nesting to prevent a fire hazard. For professional help in removing birds from your chimney, contact a Animal Pros specialist today.