How to Keep Pests Out of Your Fireplace
Posted in Gas Fireplace Cleaning, on August 18, 2022
The ambient warmth of a fireplace makes the house more inviting and cozy. Unfortunately, it can have the same effect on insects and pests. The chimney and fireplace are a magnet for pests and rodents, often hiding inside or getting stuck unexpectedly. During a fireplace cleaning or fireplace repair in Toronto, technicians and homeowners often discover that their fireplace is home to birds, rodents, and spiders. Fall and Spring are the worst seasons for this unwanted downside of fireplace pests.
Below are signs that you may have a pest infestation in your fireplace and ways to keep them out.
Warning Signs of a Pest Infestation in Your Fireplace
There are many signs and red flags of pests inside your fireplace or chimney. Here are some common ones:
Droppings: All insects and rodents leave droppings around their nest. You will notice droppings around the fireplace If you have an unwanted rodent, bat, squirrel, or bird inside your chimney/vent. Regular fireplace cleaning will help keep the pests and droppings away.
Smell: The peculiar smell of pests & droppings can also indicate the presence of unwanted guests in your fireplace.
Noises: Squeaking, flapping, or scurrying sounds from the chimney are signs of trapped birds or rodents.
Pet Alerts: Your pets may sense the presence of unwanted pests in the fireplace or chimney. Check for a pest infestation if you find your pets acting excitable around the fireplace.
Damage Caused by Pests
Besides the obvious health implications, unwanted pests can create air-flow obstructions in the chimney/fireplace. The blockage can restrict the free flow of exhaust and can send smoke and hazardous carbon monoxide back into the home. If the pests settle inside your chimney, they can build nests and even have babies. Insects can also lay eggs near the warmth of the fireplace - a potential entryway into your home.
How to Keep Pests Out
Check the Firewood: If you have a wood-burning fireplace, don’t forget to inspect the firewood for insects or holes that indicate hidden pests. Wood stored outside often has unwanted guests - dislodge insects by knocking the wood on the ground before using it.
Firewood Storage: Store the firewood at least 15-20 feet away from the house and keep it off the ground. Burn the oldest logs first to avoid giving the insects a chance to form a colony.
Clean regularly: Regular fireplace cleaning will keep the pests out.
Close the Flue: Ensure that the flue is closed when the fireplace is not in use. A tight-fitting chimney top damper can keep pests and birds away from your chimney.
Seal the Fireplace: If your fireplace only has a grate or mesh covering, it leaves gaps for pests to slip through. A secure door will seal off the fireplace and prevent accessible entry points. A fireplace door will also keep pets and children protected.
Being vigilant and following the above tips will help reduce the possibility of pest infestation. A professional pest control service to inspect your home and fireplace is highly recommended if you suspect pests. At Fireplace Experts, we make all efforts to ensure you can safely enjoy your fireplace. Our comprehensive services for fireplace cleaning, inspection, and fireplace repair in Toronto will keep your fireplace running flawlessly.