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What to do about a squirrel in the fireplace

For much of the summer people are enjoying the warm temperatures and incredible sunshine. They are able to get out in shorts or a swimsuit and head to the beach or the park to enjoy a fantastic day out in the sun. It is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for the vast majority of people.

One of the reasons why people enjoy it so much is that they have to do so little to keep themselves warm. This season of the year lends itself to temperatures that are in the 90s or above so that there is very little that you need to do to keep you or your home warm.

Because of this, it likely means that from late spring through the early part of fall there is no need to use your fireplace at all. This basically sits dormant, waiting for the cold temperatures to come around again so that you could fire up some logs to warm you and your house.

While you are enjoying the warm temperatures, so are little critters that come around your home. One of them, the squirrel, loves these temperatures because it allows them to be able to forage for food to prepare for the winter. It also allows them the opportunity to find numerous places to live, and one of those can be your fireplace.

It is not uncommon for squirrels to make a home inside a person’s chimney. Not only will they lived there, but it is also common for them to create a nest so that they can have babies there as well. This means that you can have six or seven squirrels living inside your chimney just at the time when winter is about to arrive and you are going to need to be able to use your fireplace to warm yourself. So, what do you do about a squirrel that is living in your fireplace?

The first thing to tell you is to avoid doing the one thing that most people decide is a great idea. Too often, people decide that they will start a fire, then open up the flume in the heat and flames will scare the squirrels out of the fireplace and away from your home.

This, literally, is one of the worst ideas ever. The more frequent result of this is that the squirrel falls into the fire, then runs through your home setting your carpeting and furniture ablaze. It could not possibly be more vehemently stressed to avoid using this idea.

A better option is a one-way exclusion funnel. This you can attach to the top of your chimney so that the squirrel is able to get out but not regain access into the fireplace area. Once you have successfully gotten all of them to leave, and they all will, you simply place a wire mesh over the top that will keep them from regaining access in the future. Now you can enjoy your fireplace without issue. Read more: Squirrel Control, How to Get Rid of Squirrels, how to get squirrels out of your attic, Squirrel Feces, How to Keep Squirrels Away from House, How to Kill Squirrels.

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