How to Get a Squirrel Out of Your Fireplace


Scrabbling noises in and around your fireplace often means that a squirrel has taken up residence. Squirrels may not be living in your fireplace all the time, but they may have discovered that it is a safe place to stay during the day. Get the squirrel out safely without killing it -- lighting a fire will not scare the squirrel out, it will only kill it. Killing the squirrel is not only inhumane, it will also make your house smell.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Rope
  • Hammer
  • Chimney cap
  • Fireplace screen
  • Wood or cardboard (optional)
  • Peanut butter (optional)
  • Climb up on the roof of the house, near the chimney. Bring a hammer and a long piece of rope with you.

  • Tie the hammer at one end of the rope. Slowly lower the rope down the chimney until you hear the hammer hit the bottom of the fireplace. Tie the loose end of the rope at the top of the chimney.

  • Leave the rope alone; the squirrel should climb out on its own within 24 hours. Once the squirrel has climbed out, pull out the rope and place a chimney cap at the top of the chimney.

Through the House

  • Place a screen in front of the fireplace opening. If you don't have a secure screen, use a piece of wood or cardboard.

  • Close any doors leading from the room with the affected fireplace to any other room in the house. Open a door or window that leads out of the house. If the window has a screen, remove it as well.

  • Close the blinds or curtains that are on any other windows in the room. You want the room as dark as possible so the squirrel heads towards the light in the open window.

  • Remove the fireplace covering. The squirrel should dart out and head to the open door. If the squirrel doesn't run out right away, place a small dab of peanut butter in the opening of the window or door.

  • Leave the room so the squirrel doesn't stay hidden in the fireplace. Once the squirrel has left, put the room back to rights and place a cap on the chimney.

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