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!

Preventing Problems With Nesting Birds

Preventing Problems With Nesting Birds

March is just around the corner, which means birds are about to start building nests and laying eggs. Many birds are fine living in trees, but others prefer cavities or look for more secure dwellings, such as your gutters, vents, etc. Allow our Maryland bird removal specialists to show you how you can keep the nuisance birds away this spring. But first let’s go over why this is even necessary.

Why Nesting Birds Can Be Dangerous

When a bird like a sparrow or a starling builds a nest, it gathers twigs, leaves, feathers and other materials in can find. Now imagine if these twigs and leaves are stuffed inside your dryer vent. This will restrict the airflow and may even cause your appliance to overheat and break down. In rare cases, clogged dryer vents may result in a fire, especially if the vent was already packed with lint which is extremely flammable.

How to Keep Birds out of Vents

The first thing you need to do is inspect the exterior of your home. Look inside the vents, such appliance and plumbing vents on the roof or the side of your house. Also check the tops of gutters and downspouts as well as your attic. If you find a nest, it could be one left from last year or it may be newly built. Either way, now you know where birds are likely to be a problem. Once you determine that there are no birds present in a particular vent, it’s time to install a vent cover. There are plenty of commercial vent covers available in stores and online, or you could use a wire mesh.

Signs of Nesting Birds

If you didn’t take any of the precautions and now you think you may have bird nests in your vents, here are a few ways to confirm. Leave your bedroom window open overnight and see if you get woken up early in the morning by birds. If you have birds in vents or gutters, right after sunrise you would hear tweeting, as well as scratching noises. The sound of bird nails clutching to the metal gutters is hard to miss. But what if the birds are mostly quiet and you can’t tell for sure whether you got a problem or not? Walk around the outside of your house and visually inspect the vents. Look for any nesting materials sticking out of vents or bird poop on the ground under the vent. Need help getting rid of nuisance birds? Give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call today for bird removal in Maryland!