Bugs in wall, fall out of gap next to outlet box...

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    soparklion11

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    I own a home from ~1940. One end has a chimney and a non-functional fireplace with the damper closed and a ceramic tile secured to the top of the chimney with caulking. Dead 'potato bugs' fall out of the small gaps around the outlets on either side of the chimney breast - note that I removed the outlet covers to paint and didn't replace them yet...

    My house has a brick facade over frame from the 1940s with some gaps in the mortar. The damper is closed and there is no overt moisture when I open it.

    I plan to re-open the chimney and place a traditional cap to allow for ventilation. Any experience on whether that will fix my problem? Is it worth it to fill the mortar joints, or is that not likely a part of my problem?

    Thank You and God Bless.
     
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    Can you post a pic of the mortar that's missing and some from the areas you seeing your potato bugs.
     
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    soparklion11

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    It is raining pretty hard today, so pics will have to wait. I have standard sized bricks with 3/8" joints, but some of the vertical joints only have ~1/4" of mortar, leaving a 1/8-3/16" gap
     

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