The biology and habits of the wildlife can make them challenging to control when they intrude your home, and they present a serious menace. If you’re in need of rodent control services, here’s what you should know about these pests, and keeping mountain lions, raccoons, or skunks out of your space.
Landscape And Windows
Make sure entrances to your home are covered in order to prevent wildlife entry.
One of the most dangerous traps for wildlife is the little known chimney. Contrary to public belief, only raccoons, chimney swifts and bats can extricate themselves from a chimney flue. This means that chimneys are a death trap for all the other animals. Countless starlings, pigeons, gray squirrels and other wildlife, die an agonizing death from falling into chimney’s. Protect wildlife by capping your chimney. If the life of an animal doesn’t move you, then we suggest, you look at how a chimney cap protects your chimney’s crown from rain damage. A proper chimney can add years to your chimney by deflecting the damaging rain which cracks the crown. Can you still use the chimney after capping? Absolutely! Capping still allows dangerous gasses to escape.
- Cap all chimney flues with Stainless Steel Caps. Don’t think that because you capped your chimney years ago that it is still protected. Take a look at the image on the right. Note the brown dinge to it? That is rust. You see for years, chimney caps were made of galvanized steel. Caution: chimneys may have more than one flue. Be sure that all flues are properly screened with a professionally manufactured chimney cap.
- Do not cover chimney flue with hardware cloth. Hardware cloth not only rusts but it runs the risk of catching snow which could block the upward movement of gasses and thereby force the gases back into your home. This is especially true for gas furnaces. Gas furnaces throw off a great deal of water vapor which could freeze on the mesh and force the Carbon monoxide back into the house. To learn more, obtain a copy of the National Fire Protection Associations, NFPA 211 Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances 1992 edition and look at chapter 1-11. Their address is NFPA 1 Batterymarch Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269-9101
Sometimes squirrels and birds get trapped in chimneys. Othertimes raccoons, enter homes through the chimney cleanout leaving quite a mess behind. At AGD Varmint Control, we’ll capture living varmints and remove dead ones.