Are Birds Nesting in Your Silver Spring Dryer Vent?

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March 4, 2016
Categories: Bird Removal, Birds, Silver Spring Wildlife Control

Every year in spring bird removal from dryer vents in Silver Spring becomes a major issue. In early March birds start building nests in and around homes, and the most common area is the dryer vent. Our Silver Spring pest control company receives over 100 calls every week from residents seeking help with bird removal from a dryer vents. In most cases the bird or birds stay in the vent duct within a few inches of the exterior opening, so the humane eviction of the bird is quick and easy. Unfortunately, not every situation is the same, especially when the vent duct is open in the wall or ceiling, allowing birds to venture out of the vent duct, and in some cases get lost or stuck between the walls.

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What species of birds nest in dryer vents?

The two most common birds found nesting in dryer vents are the house sparrow and starling. A house sparrow can enter a round hole that is 1 ¼” in diameter, whether it’s a horizontal or a vertical opening that is 1 1/2” x 1”. House sparrows prefer a nesting site with a little elbow room with about 4” to 6” in diameter. Starlings can enter a hole that is 1 5/8” in diameter, however they also prefer a spacious hole and will use an opening up to 10”. Since the house sparrow and starling only use pre-existing holes, both species find a dryer vent to be most appealing because its 4” in diameter and long enough to house adults and babies.

How will I know if birds are nesting in my dryer vent?

If you live in an area that has plenty of man-made structures and a large human population like Silver Spring or Chevy Chase, then you have a higher chance of finding birds nesting in you dryer vent at some point. Silver Spring bird control experts at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control advise home owners to inspect the dryer vent, bathroom exhaust vent and kitchen exhaust vent once a week during the bird breeding season between late February and August. If you are not able to do the inspection, then keep a watchful eye on any birds entering or exiting the dryer vent. Often homeowners are able to hear the birds when putting clothes in the dryer. If you hear a bird that may be in the wall, mark that area to be able to locate the bird in case it dies there. The carcass will need to be removed before the odor becomes overwhelming in your home.

How will a bird removal company get birds out of my dryer vent?

Exterminators and general pest control companies specialize in insects, not wildlife such as birds, so you are better off contacting Silver Spring bird removal experts to get the job done right. The first step is to evict the adult birds from the vent, which can be done in many ways depending on whether the birds are in the vent, in the wall cavity or between floors. If the birds are in the wall or between floors, then a hole may need to be cut open to extract the birds. If the birds are nesting in the vent, then the adults are humanly evicted and baby birds are transported to wildlife rehabilitators, so that they can be raised and released at the right time.

After the birds are removed from the dryer vent, the nesting materials and any debris also need to be removed. All birds carry lice, so a sanitizer is then sprayed in the vent to eliminate any lice that may be left behind. A bird-proof dryer vent cover is then installed to prevent any birds from re-entering the vent. It’s important to install the correct vent cover. Dryer vent covers should have a cleanout door so you can remove built-up lint to prevent a house fire. Over 15,000 house fires are sparked each year from lint buildup in dryer vents. If there is an excess buildup of bird droppings in the vent duct, then a new vent duct may need to be installed.

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control will be happy to help you with bird removal in Silver Spring and surrounding areas. Just give us a call or contact online!

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