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Take steps to keep birds out of your chimney

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The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is reminding residents to take steps to prevent birds from flying into chimneys after a feathered friend was rescued from a home in Laguna Niguel. 

The resident could hear the little bird trying to fly out without success. When officers arrived, they quickly assessed the situation to see how to rescue the small bird. Since the officers have experience with this type of call, they were able to free the little bird, which flew off.  

Birds and other animals often view chimneys as safe places to nest and avoid predators. However, most homeowners do not want their chimneys turning into nesting grounds. The best way to keep a chimney protected against bird and animal entry is with a chimney cap.

The most common way for birds and other animals to get into your chimney is through an uncapped chimney or damaged chimney cap. Even if the chimney cap has a small hole or crack, most birds can wiggle their way in. 

The dangers of birds in the chimney

A bird in the chimney can cause major issues as well as potential health problems to your family. When birds nest in your chimney, their nests can block the flue completely. This prevents fireplace smoke and gas from fully venting, which can back up into your home. Over time, nesting materials can dry out – becoming increasingly brittle and at risk for igniting from fireplace sparks. Along with the fire hazard nesting materials cause, birds are often disease carriers. Bird droppings contain bacteria; therefore, a professional should clean and remove droppings. 

Preventing birds in the chimney

The best way to keep birds out of your chimney is through a good chimney cap, regular maintenance and an annual inspection.  If birds have been in your chimney before, simply getting them out may not be enough. Oftentimes, birds return to the same areas each year to nest. This is especially true of migratory birds, so it is essential to keep them from coming back. In addition, since the Migratory Bird Act Treaty protects birds, they cannot be moved once they nest. 

For more information, call 949-470-3045.

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