You think you\'ve got it all covered....

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 9:02am
barb1123's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

and then something like this happens:

I'm sitting down on the sofa watching tv. The kids are finally in bed though they had been running all over the sitting room earlier. What is that I see all over the carpet in front of the fire place? Were the kids eating in here when I told them no food in the sitting room?

I get down on my knees and look at the mat and find nuts and seeds strewn across it. Where the H**L did they come from? Then I see a bunch in the fireplace. Birds on top of the chimney dropped a bunch of nuts and seeds into my chimney and since I don't light fires because of R's asthma they bounced out and all over the hearth, carpet and floor. And we're not talking one or two. Plus a few of the nuts were half eaten.

I almost choked. My kids had been playing on the carpet not long before I sat down. They could have so easily had contact. They wear socks and clothes in the house and that probably protected them for the most part. So there I was at almost midnight vacuuming the whole downstairs.

How am I going to prevent this from happening again? Birds are always squawking away on my chimney stack.



Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 9:32am
gvmom's picture
Joined: 08/24/2005 - 09:00

Sorry that happened Barb. I would have had apoplexy. How awful!!!!
Sometime a long time ago, I remember my Dad buying one of those fake plastic owls to put up on the roof. It has been years -- and I haven't even thought about it, so I don't know if it is still up there. But, maybe something like that to scare the birds away would work. My bet is, that just putting a screen over the top of the chimney opening wouldn't do a complete job -- you need to keep them off of your roof completely.
Hopefully, you'll get some more ideas.
It just never stops does it?

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 10:26am
Daisy's picture
Joined: 01/16/2006 - 09:00

Good Heavens! How absolutely scary! And how lucky you've seen no ill effects.
I am having a time with wasps coming down our chimney, even with the flue shut. I have seen a foam insert you can fit snugly in the chimney. I found a wasp in my house the other day...I've been meaning to look it up. I think it was in a home improvement catalog. The insert can be easily removed for cleaning, or if the power goes out, but should prevent critter invasions.
Some folks also put a screen on their chimney cap to keep birds from nesting inside. A chimney sweep should be able to do this for you.
BTW, be sure to change your vac bag. Don't want to spray nut exhaust around your house.
Take care,

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 3:28pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

If you don't use the fireplace you could cap the chimney (as long as it isn't shared by your furnace-ours is) or you can get one of those covers that fit closely over the fireplace opening in the house. We have a heatilator type fan on ours so it's completely covered in the house but they are expensive to buy, especially if you don't use it. We don't use our fireplace but we have had the fan/cover since before dh and I were together. At the very least I would get some foam core or something and use foam mounting tape to tape it over the fireplace opening. It won't look pretty (unless you cover it with fabric-there's an idea) but at least it'll keep the nasty bird seed out.

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 12:20am
seaside's picture
Joined: 08/20/2004 - 09:00

We had a bird get into our house through the fireplace. We had someone come out and put a protector on the chimney. I can only describe it as a mesh box. It has helped. We have had no more problems, and we use the fireplace all of the time.

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 1:51am
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

I would get a cap that keeps the animals out, but allows you to still use the chimney. Ours looks kind of like a cage, it also serves to keep water out.
Is your flue shut?
THis is definitely a new unexpected place to find nuts.....

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 3:19am
barb1123's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

AGAIN today! L (4) came in saying the bold birdies had dropped more peanuts down the fireplace (actually only seeds this time). It all actually looks like it came from a bird feeder so I'm going to enquire round the neighborhood and see.
I am also going to have to find something to block off the chimney, especially as I never use it. Thanks for the suggestions.

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 4:22am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

Oh my!!! That would give me a small heart attack!! I would look into one of those owls, but also a wire-cap(for the chimeny) so the birds can't sit ontop and drop stuff down!! That is crazy though, crazy birds!!!
Good luck!!(I'd call a chimeny sweep or something and ask what they got to help this situation!!_
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 5:49am
TNAmom's picture
Joined: 11/29/2005 - 09:00

Bats like chimneys too. My husband went to his dad's cabin last spring to open it up after winter, and upon entering, discovered that the place smelled terrible.
After poking around, he found the woodburning stove was full of dead bats. Seems the screen had blown off the chimney at some point, down the bats went and then couldn't get themselves back out.

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