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Bees In Your Chimney? Don’t Smoke Them Out!

It’s not uncommon to discover some unwanted visitors in your chimney from time to time. Birds, squirrels, raccoons, and, yes, even bees are known for setting up camp in this warm, strong structure and it can lead to a lot of hassle on the part of the homeowner. You’ll be forced to put off your burning season until the problem is resolved and then clean up any messes that the critters left behind. All in all, it’s a big issue and investing in professional help is typically the best route to take to get fast and efficient results.

Many chimney companies will handle the removal of certain creatures, but bees are not usually one of them. Well, we like to set ourselves apart from the rest here at Weststar Chimney, which is why we’ll remove bees and their hive, so you can get back to enjoying your system to the fullest. Learn more below!Bees In Your Chimney - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney Sweeps

Why Lighting A Fire Won’t Work

It’s not unheard of for people to consider simply smoking the bees out. For some reason this is a proposed solution that people have passed down for years but is actually a very ineffective method for getting rid of the issue. Most assume the smoke and flames will encourage the bees to leave, after which they can simply remove the hive and get back to their day-to-day routine. Problem solved, right? Wrong.

What will actually happen is the honey will melt and spread down the sides of your chimney, enhancing the smell and attracting more bees down the line. Once the honey melts down the walls of your chimney, getting rid of it is a lot more challenging, and you’ll be facing some strong smells (and likely, more bees) well into the future.

Trust our professionals to safely remove the hive, so you don’t have to stress. All you’ll have to do is make a simple phone call to our team, and we’ll handle the rest. After we’re done, you’ll be free to enjoy the upcoming burning season to the fullest! It’s the right choice to make, so get in touch with us today.

Preventing The Return Of More Bees

So, our experts removed the pests, and now you’re eager to get your fireplace up and running. We don’t blame you! But first, make sure you’re adequately protected from any future invasions by having a chimney cap installed. Chimney caps have a great reputation for keeping out bees and all types of other curious creatures, as well, so you won’t need to worry about bad odors, clogs, or any other similar issues down the line.

Chimney caps also keep out rain, block downdrafts, limit debris build up, and serve as spark arrestors. All in all, they’re a great and highly affordable investment. Well worth it!

We also install top-sealing dampers, so if you’re looking to upgrade your throat damper now is the time to get it done. These units do everything expected from a damper, along with working alongside your chimney cap to keep out bad weather and animals. They seal tight, so you can say hello to a cozier home and goodbye to high energy bills – a great investment all around!

Ready to work with the best? Give us a call now.

Bird Nest & Beehive Removal

Having unwanted visitors in your chimney can be a frustrating ordeal, and getting rid of various animals isn’t always as easy as one might assume. Fortunately, the highly qualified team at Weststar Chimney Sweeps can handle the job! We specialize in bee and bird nest removal, so you can get back to normal again in no time. If you need some professional help, give us a call now!

Dangers Of Nesting Materials

If birds bring their nesting materials into your chimney, you’re going to start noticing all kinds of problems. First of all, birds and their chirping can get bothersome in a hurry, disrupting your lifestyle and making it a challenge to relax. They also bring in all kinds of leaves, twigs, and other materials to build their nests with, all of which clog up your flue and force smoke and other gases into your living space.

As you can imagine, having these fumes back up in your home can be quite hazardous to the health of loved ones. Not only will they stink things up and trigger bad odors, they’ll likely make people sick, as well. And some fumes, like carbon monoxide, are extremely hard to detect, making their presence that much more dangerous.

Along with this, excess debris obstructs airflow, causing creosote to accumulate more rapidly and increasing your chances of chimney fires. Chimney fires cause your liner and brickwork to break down considerably, which leaves open pathways for flames to escape to any adjacent woodwork. Using a fireplace that has damage from a chimney fire is extremely dangerous, and many homeowners don’t even realize a chimney fire has occurred until it is too late.

Play it safe by having us remove the animals and obstructions right away. Then, let us inspect and sweep your chimney! We’ll check for cracks, holes, and any other necessary repairs, so you don’t have to stress when fall comes back around.

Always Trust A Professional

While bird nest removal, beehive removal, and chimney sweepings may seem like something you can do yourself, this is really not the recommended approach. Even the smallest mishap can trigger tons of issues down the line, many of which will wind up costing you a lot more than a professional sweeping would.

On this same note, beehive removal can be a tricky and dangerous process. While many think lighting a fire will quickly scare the bees away, this action will only make matters worse by melting the honey, spreading the odor, and attracting even more bees. Trust in our crew from the very beginning. When you work with Weststar Chimney, you can rest easy knowing you’re in the best possible hands around!

Take Preventative Action Now!

The best way to keep bees, birds, and any other wildlife out of your chimney is by having a chimney cap or top-sealing damper installed right away! With springtime weather upon us, now is the time to get it done. Don’t give up control of your chimney and fireplace. Work with us, so that you stay protected for years to come! Call now!

We Safely Remove Beehives and Bird Nests from Chimneys

We Safely Remove Beehives and Bird Nests from Chimneys

Since so many trees are being cut down for development and construction, birds, bees, and other wild animals often choose chimneys as places to build a new home. Your chimney is isolated above ground, and this makes it a desired location for these critters to protect themselves from predators. Bees typically build hives in high tree branches, but your chimney can be an attractiveWe Safely Remove Nests from Chimneys- San Diego CA- Weststar Chimney Sweeps site for bees to build and maintain hives. Unfortunately, some homeowners mistakenly believe they can smoke birds, bees, bats, squirrels, and other nesting animals out of the chimney by lighting a fire in the fireplace, but this can lead to a hazardous situation. Weststar Chimney Sweeps is proud to offer beehive and bird (or other animals) nests removal services that are safe and humane. We would like to tell you a bit more about how bees and birds get into your chimney and how we can remove them and prevent them from returning in the future.

BEES

Bees typically enter your chimney through cracks, gaps, and weep holes in the masonry work. Another common entry point is the top of your chimney if it is uncapped. If your chimney has been invaded by bees, WikiHow strongly recommends seeking professional assistance to get rid of them as well as their hive. If you try to get them out by lighting a fire in the fireplace, the wax and the honey of the hive will melt and run down the flue. Wax can reach the flash point and ignite a chimney fire that could devastate your home. Honey-coated chimney walls will attract even more bees. Weststar Chimney Sweeps can safely remove the beehive, and we will keep any bees from coming back by either repairing damaged masonry work or installing a chimney cap or top-sealing damper on top of your chimney.

BIRDS

Birds can get inside your chimney if there is no chimney cap on top of your chimney. Not only do birds create fire hazards by building nests with highly flammable materials, but they also bring annoying sounds, unpleasant odors, and insect infestations into the chimney. Unfortunately, some species of birds are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which means it is illegal to remove them from their nesting spots. After the birds have left on their own in the fall, Weststar Chimney Sweeps can remove the nests from your chimney to prevent a flue blockage that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks and chimney fires. We can then install a chimney cap with mesh metal sides or a top-sealing damper on top of the chimney to prevent any more birds from entering your chimney.

If you are hearing the buzzing sounds of bees or the chirping noises of birds inside your chimney, contact us at Weststar Chimney Sweeps. You can trust us to safely remove beehives and bird nests and to keep these creatures from getting back into your chimney.

Are Birds Nesting in Your Chimney? We Can Help!

Are Birds Nesting in Your Chimney? We Can Help!

Some people love the sounds of birds chirping in the spring; however, when you hear the sounds of birds coming from your chimney, you may feel the opposite emotion to love! Not many people enjoy listening to bird noises inside their homes, but if a family of birds have nested within your chimney, you will have to get used to it for a few months until they leave on their own to fly to their winter home. Since some birds like chimney swifts are protected by federal law under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is illegal to remove nesting birds, according to Chimneys.com. When they do leave, they will leave their nests behind, which can be hazardous. Weststar Chimney Sweeps has 17 years of experience with dealing with birds in chimneys across the San Diego area, and we are proud to offer nest removal services. We can also give you some advice on sharing your home with a family of birds if one has nested in your chimney, and we can prevent these birds from coming back next year to move back into your home.

Why do birds nest in chimneys? What kinds of problems do they cause?Are Birds Nesting in Your Chimney We Can Help! - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney Sweeps

Birds like to take up residence in chimneys because so many trees have been cut down for development and construction reasons, and chimneys are the next best thing to trees for the shelter needed to build a nest. Not only can birds make loud and obnoxious noises at times, but they carry diseases, like histoplasmosis, which causes blindness. They also may become trapped and even die inside your chimney, which can be an unfortunate and smelly situation. Learning to live in a home with a family of birds for a few months can be difficult, but once your family is used to the birds, it really is not as bad as it seems at first. One of the biggest problems birds cause inside your chimney actually happens after they leave. When they fly away to their winter home, their nests will be left behind, and the nesting materials can lead to a couple of hazardous situations. The straw, leaves, sticks, and other debris used to build the nests are all very flammable and create the risk of a chimney fire. The nesting materials also block the flue, which forces the toxic gases from combustion, including carbon monoxide, back into your home. Weststar Chimney Sweeps can remove every bit of the nests that remain in your chimney once the birds have left and prevent these hazardous situations from occurring.

How can Weststar Chimney Sweeps prevent birds from getting back into my chimney next year?

Many birds will return to where they last nested, so if you have or have had a family of birds living in your chimney, you will definitely want to take action to keep them from coming back to share your home again. We recommend having a good-quality chimney cap professionally installed at the top of your chimney to prevent their return next year. You will need a cap that is equipped with mesh metal sides to keep them from entering the chimney when they come back to try to nest again. We are proud to offer a wide variety of these types of chimney caps and can help you select one for us to install on your chimney. The chimney cap will also keep water from rain from leaking into your chimney — it is an important part of your chimney!

Protect your chimney from birds getting inside to nest. Contact us at Weststar Chimney Sweeps if you are dealing with birds in your chimney as we can help.

We Provide Professional Beehive Removal Services

Don't take on these pests alone - call Weststar Chimney Sweeps!

Don’t take on these pests alone – call Weststar Chimney Sweeps!

One of the most commonly found pests inside a chimney, bees will arrive in a swarm to build their bee hive on the interior walls of your flue. Your chimney actually provides an optimum environment for bees to set up their new home. Although you may think that bees are simply a minor nuisance, this is not the case. Bees can actually cause a great deal of structural damage to your chimney. Removing the bee hive can be quite a challenge, and, according to Buzz About Bees, many experts on these insects recommend you hire a professional to do this tricky job for you. If you ever find yourself sharing your chimneys with a swarm of bees, you can contact Weststar Chimney Sweeps to safely remove the bee hive from your chimney. We would like to tell you more about the damage that can be a result of bees building their hive in your chimney and how we can help you with this problem.

Why would bees choose a chimney as a location for a hive?

The queen and some of the worker bees of an existing colony of bees find a new location for their hive, and once this location has been chosen, the bee swarm arrives to build its hive. Bees look for any kind of warmer cavity or sheltered area above ground, and this makes your chimney a perfect candidate.

What kind of structural damage can bees do to a chimney?

A bee hive grows quickly and expands in size, and if this hive is not removed, it can come into contact with moisture barriers and building felt, which could cause irreparable damage. Also, if the bee hive is abandoned, the wax and honey left behind melts into the surfaces beneath it. This can cause dry rot and mold growth if the bee hive is not removed.

Why do I need to hire a professional to remove a bee hive?

Removing a large bee hive can be a very elaborate process. Weststar Chimney Sweeps will use special equipment and protective gear that was specifically designed for this job. We also use our years of experience along with special skills and knowledge needed to correctly remove the bee hive from your chimney. We will take notes about the advancement of the hive, how long the bees populated the hive, and the amount of honey and beeswax that was left inside the hive.

Can I not just light a fire to smoke the bees out?

Lighting a fire can cause more harm than good. If the bees have been living in the hive, a fire will not be enough to drive them away for good. What typically happens is the heat melts the honey down the walls of your chimney, and this smell can attract even more bees to your home.

Need a bee hive removed from your chimney? Contact Weststar Chimney Sweeps to schedule a visit from one of our bee hive removal experts.