How to remove birds from a chimney

While you may tolerate birds coming around your home, when they invade a little closer to your residence it then becomes an issue. Many have found that a bird, or even a group of them, have taken up residence within their attic, and have taken the steps that are necessary to get them out. You simply can't have a bird like this living inside your home. Another area where you clearly don't want to pigeon is inside your chimney. Not only is this simply too close for comfort, but it also eliminates your ability to use the chimney area. Pigeons are notorious carriers of diseases, such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites, so them dropping their waste inside your chimney is a serious health risk to you and your family. It also is an issue because you can open up the flume to use your fireplace because the bird is there. So, what do you do when you have a pigeon or pigeons that are in your chimney?

That's a good question and one that should start with what you absolutely should not do first. One of the most common mistakes that people make is that they decide that the way they will get rid of these birds is by starting a fire in the fireplace, then opening up the flume and letting the smoke and flames scare away the bird. To be honest, this is about the stupidest thing you could choose to do. What has happened on more than one occasion is that the birds become so startled that they fly directly into the fireplace, catch fire, and then start to swoop around your home. Before you know it, your entire living room is on fire. This is about as bad of a decision as you could make.

You need to get rid of the birds first, and the way to do that is by using a one-way exclusion funnel. The way that this works is pretty simple. You want to secure the funnel over the top of your chimney. If you find that the chimney is too large for the exclusion funnel to completely cover then the solution is to take a piece of wood and cut a hole in it that is large enough to fit the largemouth side of the exclusion funnel to it. Then place the entire board over the top of your chimney area. This will ensure that you have a good seal. Now, all you have to do is let the birds do the rest. When they had up the exclusion funnel and to the outside, they will not be able to get back in because this funnel is specifically built to give access out but not to allow return back in. Once you are sure that all of the birds are out, you take off the piece of board and put some wire mesh over the top of the chimney to ensure that they can't get back in. Problem solved!

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