Starlings are small birds that are very comfortable living in a variety of environments. Whether it is a farm, a city or a suburb, they can find a comfortable spot to nest. While they can be beneficial because they eat many bugs, they can cause problems for homeowners as well. Springtime is when you will start seeing these small birds and when they can begin causing problems. They are usually dark in color and they love small spaces or cavities. Chimneys and vents are some of the most inviting places for them to find shelter or nesting places around Hampden and Hampshire Counties.
Starlings in Chimneys
If you are hearing constant chirping noises or fluttering wings in your living space, you may have starlings in your chimney. They can get stuck in the chimney flue, behind the damper or in the chimney cap. Some will build nests inside the chimney and they can even make their way into your fireplace. If a bird gets trapped inside your chimney behind the damper, odds are they will not be able to get out on their own. There is just not enough space for them to fly out so they can die if not helped out. In order to help them out the damper may need to be opened which can cause the birds to get into the fireplace. This can create a chaotic situation for the average homeowner.
The mere height of the chimney can also be a problem for you if you are considering removing the birds or nests on your own. Nesting materials are a fire hazard so they will need to be removed and changes will need to be made to the chimney to prevent a repeat problem. Whether you need netting, wire or a whole new chimney cap, it is best to have a trained professional make any alterations to your chimney.