Got bees or wasps nest in the chimney flue? You’re not alone and is a common problem in Kansas City during the Spring and Summer months.
Bees, wasps, and other stinging vermin can be found in all types of chimney flues! Wood-burning or gas fireplaces, wood stoves and utility flues (otherwise known as gas chimneys) can all be invaded by bugs and other pesky critters!
If it’s a chimney vent with an opening from the outside world to the inside of a house, you can bet critters see it as a safe place to call home.
We often get calls from customers needing help to remove wasps in the chimney or stop bees from coming in the house through the fireplace. If you need help, contact us and we’ll do our best to help solve your problem.
We can prevent wasps and bees from getting inside your chimney and fireplace, call 913-642-6171 to discuss the options.
Prevent Bees and Wasps Coming In Fireplace
Of all the things people call needing our help with, few evoke the frantic excitement of stinging insects coming into the home through the fireplace. Or seeing a large beehive or the muffled buzzing sound of a hornet’s nest inside a chimney flue!
It’s one thing to run across a bee or wasp in the outdoors, it’s quite another to risk a painful (or worse fatal) sting in our own homes. Fortunately, ridding and keeping bees and wasp out of your chimney is pretty straight forward.
The Danger of Stinging Insects in a Home
For our technicians, when carefully handled, removing a wasp nest in a chimney is fairly uneventful. However, for the homeowner wasp and bees in the home are a threat to an otherwise secure haven.
Do wasps build nests in chimneys? YES, they do!
“We know critters and their crafty ways!”— says Robert, Owner of Full Service Chimney, who has served KC chimneys and fireplaces for over 30 years. He mentions that “Sometimes a simple adjustment to the throat damper is all that’s needed, but we really won’t know without a full inspection.”
The concerns are real. Every year dozens of victims of sting insects are rushed to medical care. For some, an insect sting produces a severe anaphylactic reaction, with results that could be fatal. Better safe than sorry.
Your Full Service Chimney technician deals with all kinds of critters who have chosen your chimney or fireplace to make it a home.
How to Stop Bees or Wasps from Coming in the Chimney
The obvious entrance is the chimney cap and often the solution is as simple as a chimney cap repair or replacement.
To keep bees or wasps from coming into the fireplace through the chimney, we recommend a complete chimney service.
All too often, without verifying the source of the infestation, other chimney companies will simply sell a chimney cap or a fireplace door. This may help, but more often than not, it won’t solve the problem. An infestation will reoccur and become a problem again in the future.
Our professionals are trained to evaluate fully, show proof of our findings with a written report and clear pictures and an explanation of the problem and offer the best solutions.
A fireplace or chimney inspection is necessary to determine all the possible entry points in the chimney system.
Do not assume that the bees, wasps, or other pests enter through the chimney top. There are other, less obvious areas for critters to enter a home. Our Certified Chimney Sweeps can help locate the areas where pests get in and determine the best solution for you.
If you’re wondering how to get rid of a wasp nest in a chimney, call us today at 913-642-6171 Get the critter invasion under control!