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Birds In Vents

    This page is obviously pertinent, considering the many situations encountered, over time  here in the Gettysburg and Hanover area, with birds in vents, and other orifices upon structures.
    Starlings are notorious for nesting in ventilation shafts and ductwork areas, and so are other birds that find such cavities to their liking. When a bird recognizes an orifice to house themselves and protect their young, they will first inspect the hole, and then decide if it is to their benefit. Sometimes, a bird will become trapped during such an inspection; such as, when the ductwork drops vertically to the dryer. It seems practical that birds reared in vents will recognize a ventilation shaft even with their many different styles of covers attached. Whatever the case, birds recognize and are attracted to vents and use them to their benefit. When birds occupy vents, they do more than simply block the shaft, their nesting activities rupture the shaft's housing, allowing the birds free run of the wall-space. This run-amok of a ceiling or wall area is not only bothersome and damaging, but an unhealthy condition for those people who inhabit the dwelling. Histoplasmosis is one such unhealthy condition imposed by fungus that grows on the feces left by birds. This disease has hospitalized many victims unaware to its exposure.

    Starlings and Sparrows are attracted to human dwellings anyhow, and a dryer vent is not the only area threated for invasion by these commensal critters of chaos. Respectively, chaos might be a bit strong, but homeowner's often come to wit's end when attempting to rid their homes of these invasive pests. Initially, when rain gutters back-up from lack of maintenance, the water softens the soffit areas of the structure. A pest is sure to take advantage of such a circumstance and work away to expose a nesting cavity. 

    A knot hole is another sure call sign to most birds; especially woodpeckers, luring them, as if to target their pointed beaks in the aim of such weak spots, and then a nesting cavity is provided. After a woodpecker has gained access, or even an attraction for that matter, continuous pounding and defacement usually follows. These woodpeckers are either drumming for a mate, claiming territory, preparing further dwelling cavities, mining for insects, or whatever else their natural wood-pecking attributes demand. Regardless, extensive damage will continue until the woodpecker is dissuaded from its habitual tendencies.

    Altogether, birds cannot be allowed to occupy orifices of homes or edifice. A bird's nesting behaviors are unhealthy and damaging within human areas, and usually, birds nesting in homes are an invasive species not even native to our environment. When birds take up residency upon a building, they must be removed before their proliferation continues with defacement, damage, affliction, and contamination.

    Contact C.H. Animal Control for safe and effective removal of birds in vents, or birds causing damage.
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