How to Remove Birds and Animals in Chimneys
The fireplace area in your house is the probably one of the area you stayed a lot during this winter. Using it every day may cause dirt deposits in your chimney, thus cleaning your fireplace and chimney is important to avoid the havoc of fire. Aside from the dirt on your chimney there are also birds that nested on top of it. If it happens you’ll have another concern to take care of. Chicago Fireplace and Chimney Restoration, has been doing business in the Chicagoland area since 1996 and is a full service company offering a wide range of fireplace, chimney, and masonry services. They also take care of other problems like birds in your chimney by providing a proper solution. Here’s something for you to tell whether there are birds in your chimney.
With the prevalence of dangerous mosquito-borne illnesses like the West Nile Virus, the job of mosquito-eating animals becomes all the more important.
One of the most voracious consumers of mosquitos is the Chimney Swift. The Chimney Swift is a medium-sized bird that is dark gray in appearance on its back and light brown on its underside. Chimney Swifts are found all across the Eastern half of the United States, including right here in the Chicago area.
The Chimney Swift got its name because as its natural forest habitat began to be cut away, it sought shelter in chimneys. Like many birds, the Chimney Swift is federally protected and can not be removed by anyone other than a federally permitted wildlife handler.
It’s usually around the late spring that we begin to see the re-emergence of the chimney swift in chimneys in our area. Chimney Swifts will easily nest in your home if your chimney has not been properly capped by a chimney sweep or if your chimney cap has been compromised by another animal or the weather.
How to tell if a chimney swift is in your chimney
If a family of Chimney Swifts have taken up residence in your chimney, it won’t take too long to discover them, especially if little ones have recently hatched. Hungry babies cry loudly for food throughout the day.
Another sure sign of a chimney swift is how they come to a resting position. Chimney Swifts spend most of their days aloft, feeding on mosquitoes and other insects. When they come to a stop, they can not perch. Instead, they can only cling to vertical surfaces, which is why they often take up residence in chimneys. If you spot a bird clung to the inside of your chimney, it’s likely a swift.
How to get rid of chimney swifts?
Anyone who knowingly destroys chimney swifts or nests that contain eggs is breaking the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Unless you’re prepared to pay for the properly permitted removal, we recommend waiting for colder weather after the swifts have left your chimney and migrated south to complete your annual chimney inspection and cleaning. To prevent the return of Chimney Swifts the following year, you’ll need to properly cap your chimney.
It is recommended to let an experienced company to handle jobs when it comes to complex situation with regards to your chimney. Here’s another great tips about birds on your chimney.
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What can be done to keep birds out?
Any device to keep birds out can also become plugged with lint. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a good rule for dryer vents with no bird problems. If vents do attract birds, we recommend a three-stage approach to solving them:
Stage 1: Install louvered vent cover. Very durable. Flaps stay closed.
Stage 2: Install bird resistant vent cover. Has a bar between each flap. But difficult to see if bars become plugged.
Stage 3: Install Universal Bird Guard over vent cover. Large plastic cage may or may not self-clean in wind and rain. Easy to remove and clean if plugged.
Bird Problems in Other Vents:
We recommend that all other vents, (bathroom exhaust fans, kitchen fans, etc.) be screened with hardware cloth to keep birds out.
Even if birds are cute and bring a carefree feeling, it is still not a good thing for them to stay on top of the chimney because they can cause future problems like clogged nest that may eventually cause fire. Call Chicagoland Fireplace and Restoration, Co.for chimney and fireplace repairs and services.