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Question DetailsAsked on 7/29/2016

Is it possible to keep roaches from coming out of the fireplace?

The house was built in 1995. Our pest company says there is no way to keep the roaches from invading our living room, but we have zero issues with the other fireplace...and they come out in droves from the one. Right now we have painter tape surrounding the glass frame to seal the cracks. The fireplace with the roach issue can be either wood-burning or gas (currently wood-burning) bUT has nto been usedan in 2 years. The other fireplace is set up currently for gas and also unused for 2 years. Both have metal frame inserts with sliding glass panels as the opening.

Could this be a masonry issue (call a mason?), a chimney flue issue (call a chimney sweep?), or a general contractor issue? Anyone else have a problem like this that has been resolved? Thanks much in advance!

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Three reasons they could be coming from there:

1) you have an outside opening that they are using to come in - if you have an ash dump trap door in the bottom of the fireplace that would be my first guess - meaning you have roaches galore probably in the crawlspace it dumps into an ansbox in.

2) you have something in the fireplace (unlikely after 2 years) that they are feeding on- unless there is a dead rodent in there - maybe hung up in the damper/smokebox area.

3) they are hiding in there in the daytime (nice dark place) and coming back out at night, and just appear to be entering the house from there.

4) unused 2 years - could be they have found a nice big nesting spot

I would call a Pest Control contractor - or first look around yourself at night and see if there is a trail or concentration anywhere outside near the fireplace. If coming in from outside, he should be able to seal off the entry point.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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