Birds and their nests are reminders of spring and summer's arrival - just not in your dryer or bathroom vent. So how to get birds out of vents? Here's what you need to do to safely and humanely remove the nest without doing harm:
Visit the Department of Fish and Wildlife Service website to get information about nest removal from your local State Fish and Game Department
If you have a nesting bird in a dryer vent, the best time to remove a nest is mid-day when the birds are most likely to be away from the site. Birds hunt throughout the day and are less likely to be in the nest than they are in the early morning or evening hours.
*Tip: You should not rely on turning on a dryer to drive birds out of a dryer vent. The left-behind nesting material can cause a fire hazard. If the nesting activity clogs the vent, condensation can quickly build up into mold. Instead, the birds and their nest will need to be physically removed from the vent.
You can prevent future nesting birds in dryer vents in your laundry vent by having a dryer vent cleaning specialist provide a covering for it. The most common solution is to cover it with a sheet of wire mesh. Purchase vent covers that are small enough to keep birds out in the future, but that can be easily removed to clean lint buildup.
More info? Call AdvantaClean 877-800-2382 to schedule an appointment for a professional dryer vent cleaning. Also, read about how sticky softener can stop the lint filter in our Healthy Home and Business Tips Blog!