Here are the five most important steps to keep birds, bats, rodents and insects out of your chimney and fireplace.
Cap your Chimney
To keep birds, rodents, bats, and large insects out of your chimney, install a chimney cap. Chimney caps are made of stainless steel or copper and have a wire mesh screen that covers the bottom of the cap, where it touches the top of your chimney. They are easy to install; just place the cap at the top of your chimney and fasten it down with screws. You can also call a professional to have it installed for you.
Always Close the Flue When Not in Use
If you have a fireplace and are not burning anything, make sure to close the flue. This may seem like an obvious precaution, but you might be surprised to learn how many homeowners fail to shut the flue after the embers die down. When your fireplace is not in use, closing your flue will protect your chimney from rodents, birds, and other pests and help prevent them from entering your home. Keeping your chimney closed will not only keep out unwanted pests but also keep your house warmer as well.
Install a Fireplace Door
Make sure your fireplace has a door. A fireplace cover will keep pests out, as well as children and pets from getting into the fire.
Store Firewood Off the Ground
It’s important to keep wood dry to help prevent bug infestation. It’s ideal to store the wood on a sheet of plastic, concrete, or a firewood grate. You should also try to burn your woodpile from the bottom up, to prevent insects from establishing colonies in your firewood.
Burn the Oldest Firewood First
The longer a log sits in your woodpile, the more likely it is to become infested with insects. Burning the oldest logs first will decrease the likelihood of insects becoming well established in your firewood. We recommend storing firewood off the ground and as far away from your home as possible. When firewood is brought inside, be sure to use it in a timely manner.