Some of us may be expecting visitors this holiday season. Sometimes, unwanted visitors appear and wreak havoc — because they are nearby wildlife seeking warmth. There are some ways to make our homes less welcoming to these critters. One major entryway is the chimney. Let’s understand who/what might invade that area and how to keep them out:
Some pests that easily access chimneys are:
- Squirrels: These mammals are avid climbers and use nearby tree branches to climb rooftops. They can also build nests inside a chimney. These nests are difficult to remove and pose a potential fire hazard.
- Raccoons: These pests may get aggressive and easily nest in chimneys. They also can carry contagious diseases like rabies, listeriosis, and roundworm.
- Bats: Bats love dark places and the chimney is an ideal haven for them.
- Chimney cap. This protective device prevents pests from crawling into the chimney and keeping out rain and unwanted moisture.
- Shut the flue. When fireplace embers die, shut the flue to keep out unwanted guests.
- Burn old firewood. Logs kept in your woodpile for long periods may allow insects the chance to establish a colony. Burn older firewood first.
Call Professional Pest Control
If you suspect wildlife or insect invasion in your home, call for expert pest control assistance. You don’t want them to linger and cause costly damage.
JDM Pest Control has a team of professional experts who use safe, effective, and eco-friendly methods rid you of worrisome visitors. Avoid New Year’s party crashers by calling (416) 729-3568.