I am commonly asked how to get rid of raccoons from the chimneys. It is my job to eliminate critters from houses, and this is one of those cases that I deal with. At times the homeowner understands that it is raccoons - because of visual confirmation of the creature climbing into the roof, and sometimes they do not know in any respect. It might also be squirrels. Obviously raccoons usually sound bigger and louder than squirrels, but the acoustics of the chimney and fireplace are more applicable than the creature, therefore it can be tough to tell.
Mostly because it is like a large, hollow tree. It is a safe place to reside, and for a female raccoon, it is a terrific place to give birth and raise a litter of baby raccoon pups. Raccoons are wonderful climbers, so they have no problem climbing up and down the chimney flue off and on the roof to get the chimney in the first place.
How to have a Raccoon from the Chimney: Professional wildlife removal pros utilize a particular trapping system that mounts right to the peak of the chimney flue. Some use a unique pole-and-trap system which compels the adult raccoon out and up and into the trap. The young raccoons, over the fireplace damper, are eliminated via mirror and hand removal or trap removal. It's dangerous to attempt and find the young if the mother is still in the chimney, because she might strike. Additionally, it is possible to find the young when she's out foraging, and seal the chimney using a suitable steel chimney cap. Or, you can trap the mother in a cage trap on the roof or the ground near the climbing stage, then remove the young. There are numerous options. However, whatever you do, don't begin a flame , as this will result in you needing to open the damper, and the fearful raccoon possibly jumping into the home. Additionally, it is inhumane to attempt and torch animals alive.