There are a lot of consequences to animal infestation that can make homeowners want to rip their hair out. Whether it be a mouse chewing through woodwork or raccoons eating your pet’s food, it can seem impossible to fix these problems. Families that have homes with fireplaces and old-school chimneys may be more at risk for these types of problems and not even know it. The chimney is a personal favorite for some animals and a big part of wildlife control is identifying it. But how do you know when you need repairs? Animal Remover’s wildlife control expert explains.
Animals Have Nested in Your Chimney
Having animals nesting in your chimney is dangerous. Not only can it be a fire hazard, with nests typically made of grass and other flammable materials, but it is also dangerous for the animals themselves. Often, newborn animals are unable to get out of the nest in time to be saved from the smoke or heat of a chimney.
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This also causes damage to your chimney and is why wildlife control is so important. A nest built in your chimney can render your chimney virtually useless. If you have found a nest in your chimney, it is more than likely because you noticed that your chimney stopped working. If this is the case, there is a good chance that your chimney will need repairs.
There Is Water or Structural Damage
The most common sources of chimney damage from animals are water and structural damage due to nesting. Water damage is fairly common because as animals nest, rain is more likely to accumulate and rest in the chimney. This is less damaging for old-school chimneys, but for metal chimneys, excess water will promote rust. From a wildlife control perspective, this is easier to spot than other forms of damage because you can typically see these nests popping out of the chimney.
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There is also the potential for structural damage, specifically in the summer and winter and specifically with brick and mortar chimneys. It isn’t uncommon for brick and mortar to expand and contract as the temperatures change. This is even more so true when animals are nesting in a chimney. Fortunately, these types of damages are easier to spot from the outside and if you see them, you may need repairs.
Animal Remover Can Help With Your Wildlife Control
The common denominator of these damages and the need for repairs is that they were caused by a lack of wildlife control. The best way to avoid repairs is to be proactive in your observations, spotting these potential hazards before they become a problem. For more information on wildlife control, contact us at (513) 324-9453 or visit our website for more information on wildlife control today.