The warmer months of the year, the time when your fireplace and chimney are not in operation, is the time when birds, bats, squirrels, raccoons and other small animals are actively seeking nesting places in warm, safe and inviting places. The best way to ward off critters from nesting in your chimney is to install a chimney cap or chimney screen. This will remind them that they are not invited to nest in your chimney.
If you have discovered animals, birds or bats nesting in your chimney, you should call in a chimney sweep. Your chimney sweep has expert knowledge and experience in not just removing these animals and birds, but training in how to do it without hurting or harming them, where to remove them, and then the ability to install prevention devices to ensure they can’t come back.
Chimney Swifts are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Rehabilitation and handling of any migratory bird (including Chimney Swifts) requires permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local state wildlife agencies.