How to Get Help With Birds in Dryer Vents in Columbia

How to Get Help With Birds in Dryer Vents in Columbia

Every spring bird removal from dryer vents in Columbia becomes a high-demand service. Frightened Columbia residents call local exterminators and government animal control services seeking help with evicting the birds from their dryer vents, as well as removing bird droppings, lice, debris or nesting material that the birds brought into the vent. Unfortunately, the residents of Columbia find little to no help from exterminators because they specialize in bugs, not birds. And local government animal control services help mostly with domestic animals, not birds in vents. What you need is a professional Columbia wildlife removal company!

Wildlife control professionals that specialize in the humane eviction of birds from dryer vents and other vents on homes and buildings are the right people to contact. Birds of different species build their nests and lay eggs at different times of year, starting in late February and ending in early August. The two species of birds most often found nesting in dryer vents in Columbia are the starling and the house sparrow. Starlings usually only lay one round of 1 to 6 eggs per year. House sparrows can lay between 1 and 8 eggs (5 is the average) 2 to 4 (usually 3) times per year. House sparrows reproduce so quickly, that sometimes they will lay a new round of eggs before the last round of babies leaves the nest. Since the house sparrow uses the same nest up to 6 times, that would be an average of about 15 baby birds born and raised in your dryer vent per year. And if the house sparrow decides to rebuild in the same area, then there could be many, many more baby birds in the future years. Columbia bird control professionals like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control offer full-service humane bird removal and bird control that works year after year. The first step is to evict the adult birds from the vent and then removal any babies (all baby birds are transported to local wildlife rehabilitators who will raise them until they are old enough to survive on their own). After the birds are out of the vent, all bird droppings and nesting materials must be removed. The vent should then be inspected for lice. The final step is to install a bird-proof vent cover to prevent any birds from nesting there in the future. This is the approach we take, and if you like it, feel free to give us a call for bird removal in Columbia!

Are Birds Nesting in Your Silver Spring Dryer Vent?

Are Birds Nesting in Your Silver Spring Dryer Vent?

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.

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!

How to Stop Birds From Loafing On Your Roof

How to Stop Birds From Loafing On Your Roof

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control has been providing Maryland bird removal services for years. We evict unwanted birds nesting in gutters, vents, rafters and similar areas. But now we are also happy to offer bird control services to help get rid of birds that may not be living inside your home, but like to gather on it leaving an unsightly mess. We are talking about pigeons, seagulls and sparrows that tend to hang out in groups and can cause quite a bit of damage. This behavior is called “loafing” and often takes place after birds are done gathering food and take the time to digest, clean themselves and socialize.

Common Loafing Spots

Quite often, we find nuisance birds loafing in these areas of your home’s exterior:

  • Balconies
  • Chimneys and skylights
  • Gutters
  • Roof-top HVAC units
  • Exterior windowsills
  • Deck railings
  • Roofs and roof ridges
  • Exposed rafters and other architectural features

Why Are Birds Attracted to My Home?

There are many behavioral reasons why nuisance birds may be “hanging out” on your roof versus another structure. One of the reasons is that your roof provides a perfect observation spot for birds to look out for food and be on alert for predators at the same time. On the other hand, such areas as roof overhangs and windowsills provide comfortable shelter and protection from the elements as well as potential predators. Your roof may just be the tallest or the warmest structure around, which makes it perfect for loafing.

Deterring Nuisance Birds

Loafing birds wouldn’t be such a big deal if it wasn’t for the fecal mess they leave behind. And bird feces are not only foul-smelling and unattractive, but also contain a variety of nasty microorganisms that may lead to serious illnesses if ingested. In addition to that, bird feces are acidic and able to corrode almost any building material, including stone and metal. So what can you do to keep your home free of these nuisance loafers? The modern wildlife control market offers a variety of solutions for dealing with nuisance birds. Just to name a few:

  • Special netting can be installed over balconies to keep the birds away.
  • Spikes, wire, shock strip or coil can be installed on ridges to take away the birds’ landing area.
  • Smooth bird slide can be added to the ledges to create a slippery angled surface birds can’t land on.
  • Bird-off gel can be used on any surface to ward off the winged menace.

Some of these solutions may sound cruel, especially spikes and shock strips, but they actually don’t cause any harm to the bird. Spikes are rather thin and simply prevent the bird from landing. And the shock strip provides a very small zap that’s only enough to disturb the bird and make it look for another loafing spot.

Why Hire a Professional

It may seem like these bird control products are rather easy to install, and that’s true—no rocket science required! But the reason you need a professional is to know where exactly and what kind of device to use in order to ensure that your bird-proofing efforts last. Different birds have different habits and require different approaches. It took us years of experience to be able to advise our customers with confidence, which we’ll be happy to do for you. Contact us today to learn more about bird control solutions in Maryland.

Is a Bird Infestation Harmful?

Is a Bird Infestation Harmful?

Residents of Caroline County have grown accustomed to seeing birds throughout the area. Whether they see a pigeon resting on a power line or a robin on a tree branch, seeing birds from day to day is never a surprise or reason for concern with Caroline County residents. However, when a bird infestation occurs within your Caroline County home, there becomes a need for concern.

One bird in your home may not seem like a problem, but a bird infestation could lead to serious problems for you and your family. A bird infestation can first lead to serious damage to your home. Bird droppings can damage personal items as well as destroy fabrics and hardwood surfaces within your home. The constant activity from the bird infestation can damage the insulation within your home along with your personal belongings. As the birds come and go from your Caroline County home, they can damage the siding and roof of your home, leaving you vulnerable to water damage. A bird infestation can also cause serious health problems as well. Dust from dried bird droppings can travel through your HVAC system and spread to all areas of your home, including your kitchen where it can rest on open food. Birds are also carriers of fleas and ticks, which could leave your domestic pets and family members vulnerable to bites and even Lyme disease. The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle bird control situations in the Caroline County area. If wildlife finds a way into your Caroline County home, our technicians will be able to remove the animals from your home as well. We will then identify where the critters entered your home to avoid future infestations.  All methods and techniques used by Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are humane and avoid stress and harm to the animal being removed. Never try to remove the animals on your own. This could cause harm to both you and the animal. To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control for bird removal and control services for the Caroline County area, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. We are also available on weekends and holidays as well. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+PinterestTwitter, and Facebook.

Keeping Birds from your Jessup Home

Keeping Birds from your Jessup Home

Jessup residents are never short of birds within their area. While these birds may seem harmless and beneficial for the environment, they can actually cause serious damage to your Jessup home. If birds are left to nest within your home, you could be faced with thousands of dollars in damage to your Jessup home. To avoid these damages, take these steps to avoid birds entering your home.

  1. Remove any food source from your yard. Birds will keep returning if they find a reliable food source. If you want to help feed the birds in the Jessup area, spread food in local parks closer to their natural habitat. This way, you can help while keeping the birds from your home.
  2. Install a chimney cap for your Jessup chimney to prevent birds from creating a nest. Not only can a nest damage your chimney, it can also create a serious fire hazard. Birds that become stuck and nests can cause a block in your chimney, preventing smoke to leave your home and possible fires to start.
  3. Check your basement and attic for any gaps and holes. These can be used by birds to enter your home and create a nest. Use a covering to prevent birds from using the vents in your home to enter. Commonly used vents by birds are your dryer vent and attic fan.

The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle bird control situations in the Jessup area. If wildlife finds a way into your Jessup home, our technicians will be able to remove the animals from your home as well. We will then identify where the critters entered your home to avoid future infestations.  All methods and techniques used by Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are humane and avoid stress and harm to the animal being removed. Never try to remove the animals on your own. This could cause harm to both you and the animal.   To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control for bird removal and control services for the Jessup area, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. We are also available on weekends and holidays as well.   Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+PinterestTwitter, and Facebook.