Can I light a fire?
For some reason, the first plan of action people have a tendency to think of is light a fire! This is a bad idea for you and the raccoon. We tend to think of fireplaces and chimneys as straight shots upward through the house. In actuality, fireplaces are built with smoke shelves which intentionally make a turn so it’s not a straight shot up. This shelf is the perfect spot for raccoons to nest and raise their babies. If a fire is lit and the smoke rises properly up the chimney, the raccoon may very well sit on that shelf and wait out the flame. Quite often they die while sitting on that shelf. Now you’ve got a dead raccoon that’ll be decomposing in a quick time.
The raccoon is stuck in the chimney!
This is a common misconception. Raccoons are nocturnal and will go out to scavenge for food each evening. Knowing this, it would seem that in the event you wait until nightfall and put a cap on the chimney, your problem will be solved. I’ll provide you two reasons not to cap your chimney while the raccoon is away. First and foremost, the raccoon may very well be a Mother and now you have 3-7 dying babies in your chimney. When they eventually die, they will decompose and an odor will permeate your house. Secondly, if you exclude the raccoon from its house, it can do GREAT damage to your roof attempting to get back in. The most important thing to that mother raccoon is to reunite with her babies, no matter what it takes to get back into your house.
GET THAT RACCOON OUT!
The best method to get the raccoon out of your chimney is to hire a Raccoon Removal expert. They will inspect your house and decide the best approach to get the raccoon out. They’ll determine whether there are babies involved and remove them in addition to the mother. They will then advise you of the options for capping the chimney so you will never have this problem again.