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How Wild Animals Cope With Cold Weather

Over the last few millennia, humans have come up with a variety of ways to keep warm when it’s cold outside. We bundle up in jackets and scarves, we consume warm foods and drinks, and we even build fires inside of our homes to keep our temperatures—and our spirits—up. But while some people couldn’t imagine surviving the winter without these comforts, wild animals manage to do so year after year. How? […]

By |January 11th, 2018|Wildlife|Comments Off on How Wild Animals Cope With Cold Weather

Are Fireplaces a Cost-Effective Way to Heat Your Home?

Back in the days before central heating, a wood-burning fireplace or stove was often a house’s only source of heat. Thus, during the winter months, families would usually keep a fire blazing whenever possible, and everyone would stay comfortable by spending as much time as possible near the fire. In small, simply-designed dwellings, this setup was all you needed to warm the entire house. […]

By |January 4th, 2018|Chimney|Comments Off on Are Fireplaces a Cost-Effective Way to Heat Your Home?

Is It Too Cold For My Dog to Be Left Outside?

Regular readers of this blog may recall that, a few months ago, we discussed keeping dogs outside in hot weather. More specifically, we talked about how to tell when it’s too hot for your dog to be outside. […]

By |December 27th, 2017|Creative|Comments Off on Is It Too Cold For My Dog to Be Left Outside?

Why Santa Claus Would Have Trouble Entering a House Through The Chimney

At Chimney and Wildlife Specialists, we (obviously) spend quite a bit of time looking at chimneys. In fact, it’s pretty safe to say that we’re experts on the subject. So, with a great deal of confidence, we’d like to propose the following radical idea: contrary to popular belief, Santa Claus does not enter houses through their chimneys. […]

By |December 21st, 2017|Chimney|Comments Off on Why Santa Claus Would Have Trouble Entering a House Through The Chimney

What To Do If a Wild Animal Traps You Inside Your Home

“There’s a Bobcat on the Porch!”

What would you do if you went outside to get some fresh air and saw a coyote cutting across your backyard? How would you react if you heard a ruckus near your garbage cans and found a bobcat rifling through your trash? Would you respond well to a bear trying to knock down your birdfeeder? […]

By |December 13th, 2017|Wildlife|Comments Off on What To Do If a Wild Animal Traps You Inside Your Home

“Are Bats Really Blind?” More Questions and Answers About Unique Wildlife Behavior

A few months ago, we answered some common questions that people tend to have about wildlife behavior. Well, we had so much fun with that post that we’ve decided to do it again! Here are three more explanations for animal behavior and biology that often leave humans scratching their heads in confusion…or shaking their fists in annoyance: […]

By |December 5th, 2017|Wildlife|Comments Off on “Are Bats Really Blind?” More Questions and Answers About Unique Wildlife Behavior

Fireplace Cooking- good idea or bad idea?

If you’ve ever been camping, then chances are, you’ve cooked food on a campfire at least once. There’s just something about a hot dog or a marshmallow roasted over an open flame that seems rustic and fun! With cold weather fast approaching, most of us will be saying goodbye to camping and similar activities…but must we also say goodbye to campfire cooking, as well? […]

By |November 15th, 2017|Chimney|Comments Off on Fireplace Cooking- good idea or bad idea?

Veterans Day- Hero Animals of World War I and World War II

November 11th is Veteran’s Day, a holiday in which we should all take a moment to thank those who have risked their life in order to serve in the armed forces. At Chimney and Wildlife Specialists, we often find ourselves dealing with animals in our day-to-day operations. In light of this fact, we thought it would be appropriate to discuss a couple of non-human veterans in today’s post. Here are two stories about animals who served—and showed incredible valor—during the world wars: […]

By |November 8th, 2017|Creative|Comments Off on Veterans Day- Hero Animals of World War I and World War II

“Red and Yellow; Catch a Fellow” Venomous Snakes of North Texas

Here’s a fact that will make a lot of people uncomfortable: there are venomous snakes in North Texas. When we think about pest animals, we tend to picture woodland critters like skunks, opossums, mice, and rats. But it is entirely possible for a venomous snake to wander onto your property, too! […]

By |November 1st, 2017|Wildlife|Comments Off on “Red and Yellow; Catch a Fellow” Venomous Snakes of North Texas

Chimneys and Fireplaces in Fairy Tales

With October in full swing, Halloween will soon be upon us! This is the time of year when many people are in the mood to hear spooky stories, and if we’re being honest, chimneys can be a bit scary sometimes. But instead of discussing horror fiction, we’re going to head in a slightly different direction. Let’s talk about fairy tales: those fanciful, fun, and occasionally violent fables that have been entertaining—and disturbing—folks around the world since time immemorial. […]

By |October 25th, 2017|Chimney|Comments Off on Chimneys and Fireplaces in Fairy Tales