Squirrels in Your Chimney - Knoxville TN
Do you hear scratching sounds in your fireplace or chimney? Or is there an awful smell in your chimney that is seeping into furniture, curtains and clothing in your home? Perhaps you hear baby squirrels?
>> Since squirrels give birth twice a year, we recommend taking a proactive role to get
the squirrel out asap before you have a squirrel infestation on your hands!
Sometimes squirrels find a way into your uncapped chimney and get stuck as they are unable to get a grip to assist in getting out. You’ll hear them frantically scurrying up and down, and scratching, trying to find their way out. More often than not, we find a female squirrel in chimneys looking for a safe, dry place to give birth to baby squirrels.
In many cases, squirrels fall down chimney flue’s and get stuck and have to be taken out. You can read about various removal processes, or call our local Knoxville Alpha Wildlife removal experts. We typicaly provide same day service in Knoxville.
>> > Call Alpha Wildlife now for a FREE assessment at (865) 224-6555.
What if a Squirrel Died in a Hard to Reach Place?
This is unsanitary and leaves a pungent smell that will easily permeate everything in your home. Don’t take this lightly. A dead squirrel will leave feces, urine and nesting materials which can attract insects and bugs (roaches), other wildlife (rats, mice, raccoons, snakes), and mold – all of these things can be hazardous!
Most squirrels are not harmful if they’re living outside in their natural habitat; however, they can become very destructive if they get into your home or chimney. Their nests are made with dried twigs, leaves, hair and scraps of cloth which make their nests extremely flammable when found in your chimney, walls, soffits, HVAC duct lines and crawlspaces.
How do Squirrels Get in Your Chimney?
Yes, most squirrels get into your chimney by going through the top of your chimney! This is an easy entry hole, providing your chimney is not capped (a steel chimney cap is best to deter wildlife).
Squirrels will also chew on existing holes in your roof or walls until they are large enough for them to get in. Often squirrels will search for rotting or weakened sections of your roof or home that they can chew through easily.
Ventilation systems are also entry areas for squirrels and often cause expensive damage.
How are Squirrels Removed?
Squirrels are quick and smart and often do not fall prey to traps as they are naturally hesitant. If you’ve tried several ways to trap squirrels without luck, call our Knoxville area wildlife removal experts for professional removal and sanitization.
After the squirrel is removed from your chimney, make sure you clean the areas where the squirrel lived as it can be hazardous due to urine and droppings that will seep into the wood of your home, if it wasn’t sanitized properly. Squirrel feces and urine have an awful, pungent odor, and if not removed, can attract insects and mold that can spread diseases. Nesting materials can serve as a fire hazard if ignited by a spark from chewed up electrical wiring.
Alpha Wildlife Knoxville provides animal removal services for raccoon removal, bat removal, squirrel removal, skunk removal, bird removal, snake removal and more in the greater Knoxville TN area. We service surrounding areas including Maryville, Alcoa, Friendsville, Lenoir City, Greenback, Oak Ridge, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Townsend, Dandridge, Kodak, Clinton and Powell.
Our services include the following counties: Jefferson, Blount, Knox, Sevier, and Anderson.