KEEPING BUGS OUT OF YOUR CHIMNEY, HOME

Mosquitos, bees, ants, and more are notorious for being pests in the summer months by biting, stinging or simply annoying. And even though they often are just a nuisance, bugs of all kinds can wreak havoc on your home if they nest in your chimney.

Insects can gain access to the inside of your chimney through cracks in the mortar, or through the top of the flue. Gone unnoticed, infestations can damage your home, create a potential fire hazard or contribute to poor air quality.

The first step in ridding your home of a suspected infestation is identifying the extent of the problem and the type of creepy-crawlies you’re dealing with. Simply shine a flashlight into the chimney from your fireplace to inspect it. If you find an infestation — or simply can’t see what you suspect is an infestation — contact a professional exterminator to more thoroughly inspect your chimney and rid your home of the problem.

After the nuisance is eliminated, contact a professional chimney cleaning service like Rooftop Chimney to clean and inspect the structure for any damage caused by the bugs. After your chimney is serviced, consider the following options to keep insects out of your chimney:

-Patch all cracks on your chimney and mortar. This will prevent bugs from entering your chimney, and your home, minimizing the threat of an infestation.

-Install a chimney cap. A chimney cap will keep out other animals tempted to use your chimney as their home. A chimney cap also will prevent rain from pouring into your home, which can create a host of other issues.

Rooftop Chimney can assist you with cleaning your chimney and inspecting it for any damage caused by bugs and other critters. We also offer chimney cap installation or chimney cap repair to prevent bugs from getting into the chimney in the first place.

Whether you’re in Alexandria, Falls Church, or McLean, you can trust Rooftop Chimney to provide you with the fireplace service and chimney cleaning you need. For more information on ridding your chimney of bug infestations and how to keep your chimney insect free, contact us today.

Dylan Raycroft

Dylan believes that businesses can be a powerful force for change in the world, and with his company, Rooftop Chimney Sweeps, has put forth a vision for redefining the home services industry away from merely an exchange of products and services to a consumer experience focused industry. Since taking over as president in 2015, Dylan has worked tirelessly to turn a four decade long tradition of putting people first into a scalable enterprise designed to deliver that experience to millions of people. Dylan believes that leadership starts with service and tries to lead his teams by example every day.