Birds in a Vent
When birds decide to move into a vent, they can create problems for homeowners and businesses in Greater Nashville in Middle Tennessee. Common vents that experience bird problems include bathroom exhaust vents and dryer vents. Once birds enter these events they often bring in nesting materials and debris, to create a suitable nesting location. Bird droppings will start to accumulate in the vent causing foul odors that can be smelled in the interior of the home or business. Nuisance bird species that enter these vents can quickly start to damage the venting system. Common bird complaints we receive includes:
- Birds in a bathroom exhaust vent.
- Birds in a dryer vent.
- Foul smell coming from the bathroom vent.
- Small bird mites present in the bathroom.
- Maggots coming from the bathroom exhaust vent.
- Nesting material hanging out of the vent.
- Dryer stopped working.
- Exhaust vent cover damaged or missing.
- Dryer vent cover damaged or missing.
Damage in a Exhaust Vent
When birds decide to move into your bathroom exhaust vent, activity usually goes unnoticed for days. Most exhaust vents will have a series of three flaps, and these plastic flaps the birds will lift up with their beak and enter. Once in the exhaust vent tubing, the plastic thin membrane of the exhaust vent often gets ripped by the birds claws on their feet. This will allow the bird in between the joist area, often in between floors, to create damage and build a large nest. This is often when activity is noticed as sounds of scampering back-and-forth between the joist area can be heard. When a bird trapped in an area like this, they will not fly, but rather walk and run, back-and-forth, making the situation confusing, and sounding very large. Damage can consist of dropping damage on the outside of the plastic vent itself, damage to the exhaust vent tubing, nesting accumulation in between floors in the joist area, and nesting accumulating on the vent itself, creating a fire hazard. As weather warms, tiny bird mites can be noticed in some cases from the interior of the bathroom. Also the noise from the birds themselves especially when the young hatch, can become very noisy. For professional help in solving your bird exhaust vent problems contact a Animal Pros specialist today.
Damage in a Dryer Vent
Bird problems in a dryer vent, can be a bit more serious as the potential for a fire is increased. Bird’s, as they enter in a dryer vent, will immediately start bringing in nesting materials that will clog a dryer line. Once nesting material has clogged the line, dryer lint will then have no place to go, and will start accumulating and backing up behind the nesting material. Lint buildup not only will affect your dryer, but it also will create a serious fire hazard, causing your dryer to heat up and back up exhaust gases. Lint and nesting make great fire starters. These hazards can be avoided by thoroughly inspecting your dryer vent yearly. Signs your dryer vent is clogged, is when your dryer takes a lot more time to dry clothes, or at the end of the drying cycle clothes are not completely dry. The other sign is that your clothing or the dryer it’s self is too hot to touch, indicating your system is clogged. Dryer vents are not made for cage or screen like covers that can be put on an exhaust vents, as they will accumulate lint. Professional help is recommended for keeping birds out of dryer vents. Bird problems or often related to dryer vents that are located in between the first and second floor or higher, not at ground level.