The eastern grey and fox squirrels are the most popular species in Columbia, Missouri. For both species, their natural habitats are in wooden areas nesting high in trees between branches. Squirrels are commonly found in the area in attics, chimneys, and eaves around the home. They are most active in the spring and fall when they search for shelter and food.

Squirrels navigate their way through treetops seamlessly, so the pests have no problem climbing onto roofs, into soffits, or inside chimneys. 

Squirrels in Chimneys


While squirrels rarely infest chimneys themselves, the pests may nest in metal chimney boxes. If a squirrel falls down a chimney and becomes trapped inside the fireplace, homeowners may be alerted to their presence via various sounds, smells, sights. Residents may hear chittering, fighting, or scratching at all hours of the day, smell squirrel droppings, and even see the pests running loose inside the home.

How Not to Get Rid of Squirrels from Your Chimney

If you noticed a squirrel in your chimney, do not smoke it out! Rarely a squirrel will fall into your fireplace. Do not open your fireplace! Catching a squirrel with a net or a pole is incredible difficult. The animal is quick and elusive. 

Squirrel Removal from Chimney 

Recently a homeowner noticed strange squeaking sounds in their fireplace. They were hearing squirrel sounds. We closed the flue and blocked some of the gaps in the chimney. We installed two excluder traps at the top of the chimney. Once the squirrels evicted themselves, we removed the squirrel traps and sealed the holes. We also installed a new chimney cap. 

Testimonials

Kent
2/22/2024
Outstanding service. Cooper was very knowledgeable and good to work with. He answered all of our questions and communicated with us on a regular basis throughout the process. He seemed to care just as much about fixing our critter issue as we did. Also learned a few interesting squirrel facts along the way. Our only regret was that we didn't call Critter Control earlier!
Xaviera
2/22/2024
First, allow me to say that I've been with Critter Control for a year now and I've been pleased with the service for the most part. Today however was different. Raymond was my service guy and introduced himself as my new technician going forward. He was very thorough and explained to me how the bait stations worked and even showed me the inside of them. Unfortunately, there was a snake in one of the bait stations and because he knew of my fear, he called for backup to have it removed. He takes great pride in his job and worked diligently until all issues were resolved. Thank You Raymond for your excellence service. You are greatly appreciated! ~Xaviera~
Thomas
2/21/2024
Jack was our Wildlife Damage Control Technician from Critter Control of Dayton. Jack was very professional and explained exactly what he would do and when. He then followed through performing his service for two weeks. Although he did not catch any animals in the two traps he placed on our roof near two holes, he checked them daily, reset them as necessary, verified there were no animals nesting in the holes, and then sealed them with painted steel plates. If anyone has a problem with critters in or around your house, I highly recommend Critter Control as the solution to your problem.
E.
2/20/2024
Critter Control came right out and explained what they were going to do, how they would retrieve the squirrel and how they would capture it. I would definitely call on them again!
George
2/19/2024
We had a family of squirrels in our attic. Our technician did an excellent job an over a couple of weeks to eliminate our invasion. He communicated daily including photos to document entry points and his progress. We were very satisfied.
Helen
2/14/2024
This company has been great. The technician Kensi was very through and checked everywhere to make sure all access points were found. After a skunk was found in the trap on a Saturday morning they came to pick it up very quickly.
Erin
2/13/2024
Michael was super friendly and knowledgeable. He checked my entire house and recommended and installed the solution within an hour.
Patty
2/6/2024
We are under contract with your company and so far they are doing a fine job. Many thanks.
Karina
2/6/2024
Excellent work environment full of presence of God. Professional and dedicated staff. A good place if you want to have your children in a place where Christian values are protected and encouraged.
Aaron
2/5/2024
Great company and amazing service, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly! Thank you to the staff and especially to Bubba for taking care of my property and giving it that "personal touch" to rid and maintain it from pests and bugs! Appreciate you guys and look forward to continuing business together! Thank you!
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