How to Deal With Raccoons in Your Chimney
A raccoon found trying to enter a homeowner’s chimney.
Raccoon Control in Kingston
One of our customers was hearing noises coming from their chimney. Our Wildlife Technicians visited the home. While visiting, they had the lucky experience of coming across the animal itself! The animal was in the midst of entering the chimney when the technician got up on the roof. The technician was able to prevent the raccoon from entering the chimney by scurrying it away. To prevent it from coming back, he set up proofing around the chimney which involves a metal screen. He also checked to make sure there were no baby raccoons in the chimney. The raccoon did not return, and the homeowner was happy to have the problem solved.
Why Raccoons Will Enter Your Chimney
Throughout the year it is common for raccoons to make their way into peoples homes. Common areas that they will enter are attics, crawlspaces, and even chimneys. Especially during the colder winter months, they are looking for a safe place to make their dens, where they can give birth to babies. The chimney is an ideal area to do so because they can easily climb in and out as necessary, in order to go searching for food.
Usually you will hear raccoon noises during the nighttime, as they are nocturnal animals. Common sounds that you may hear if there is a raccoon living in your home or chimney include:
- Thumping from movement
- Scratching noises
- Babies sounds include mewing, crying, and whining
Below are sounds to listen for with raccoons. The first is the sound of an adult raccoon chattering, and the second is the sound of babies.
Raccoon Damages and Risks
While entering a chimney, the raccoon will destroy and remove the chimney cover. In the process, they can also damage other roofing materials such as the shingles and fascia boards. Any such damages can be costly to repair. It can lead to ceiling leakages as it allows space for rain to enter. It can also invite other wildlife and pests to enter as well.
Other than the structural damages, there are health risks to having a raccoon in your chimney. Raccoons may carry with them disease, such as raccoon roundworm. They will also contaminate the area as they urinate and defecate. Worst case scenario, the raccoon might pass away in the chimney if it gets stuck at the bottom, which can lead to odor problems and maggots.
Seeking Professional Help
If you are hearing noises coming from your chimney and suspect that it may be a raccoon, we recommend that you seek professional help to remove the animal.
Our Wildlife Technician will do an inspection by going up on the roof to inspect the inside of the chimney. They will use a one-way door to allow the animal to exit, and an exclusion treatment to seal off the area. If there are babies found, they will use a heated baby box which is the humane way to deal with baby wildlife. We also offer a variety of warrantees to make sure that the problem does not persist.
Call us for more information about how to deal with raccoons and other wildlife. We will be more than happy to help you deal with any wildlife problem you are having.