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 attractive 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 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 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.