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The first thing you need to do when you have a
squirrel stuck in the fireplace, is work out how
the creature has become stuck. The first thing you
do not need to do when you have a squirrel stuck
in the fireplace, is turn the fire on. Do not do
that. Ever. Why? Because it’ll smell, and you’ll
need to stand there and listen to that animal
scream as it burns alive. It is the LEAST humane
way that you could deal with the problem, and once
the animal has died, you then have a bigger
problem on your hands. You will then need to work
out how you can retrieve a dead, burned,
decomposing squirrel body that has gotten stuck in
the fireplace. Oh, and you’ll probably need to
work out where the babies are too. Because a
squirrel is very rarely one squirrel on its own.
If it’s scampering around on your roof, close
enough to fall into the chimney, it’ll be a mother
squirrel that is looking for a perfect spot to
hide her babies, or she’s already found it … in
If you can, open the door to the front of the
fireplace and let the squirrel out. Ensure that
the squirrel has a run way to the front or back
door, and that it cant get anywhere other than out
the door. You don’t want to let the squirrel out
of the fireplace, and then have it stuck in your
home, running around like rabid lunatic. Which it
will. It’ll be scared, as you probably would be in
the same situation. Remember that. Proceed with
If you can’t do that, try looking at things from
the top instead. Could you lower a piece of rope
or old bed sheet down into the fireplace to allow
the squirrel to clamber up and rescue itself? Look
down with a flashlight — can you see the squirrel?
Does it have babies? What can you hear? Does it
sound like you have more than one squirrel down
there? Or in your surrounding area? You should
probably also take a look around the roof while
you're there, because the squirrel was up there
for a reason, and it certainly wasn’t just to
admire the view.
If you are completely stuck, and you aren’t sure
what the safest way to remove the squirrel is,
seek professional advice. Most wildlife control
experts will be more than happy to give you some
free advice over the phone, and if you give us a
call, we can even arrange for same-day callouts
for those emergency wild animal situations.
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