chimney question (rodent control)
Not sure if this is the proper forum but a chimney is attached to a fireplace and I'm desperate!
We have a rodent (and shrew!) issue and I suspect the things are getting in through the chimney. The original owner had a regular wood burning fireplace converted into a Jotul Woodburning stove... set the stove on the hearth and ran the pipe up the chimney.
We know for a fact animals have entered here because we fell asleep on the couch one night and were woken up at 4 am by a baby squirrel falling down and somehow getting into the room.
We called a local wood stove dealer/installer (same guy that cleaned everything when we moved in) .. he said he climbed up there and caulked.
We still have animals getting in- Orkin can't find any access points -- they won't go on the roof.
We are considering installing a metal (copper?) band around the outside of the chimney, 2 feet wide to prevent anything from crawling up there.
Has anyone tried this? Would it actually work? Internet searches have shown similar bands on inside wall corners and also bands around trees to discourage raccoons.