Do You Have Starling Birds In Your Vents?
Starlings construct incredibly messy nests consisting of dried leaves, grass and twigs. When disturbed, these nests emit large quantities of airborne dust and debris that are easily inhaled. When combined with droppings, this may result in a very unhealthy condition. Starlings are also carriers of bird mites, a parasite that feeds on the blood of animals. Densely packed nests present a perfect environment for mites to thrive. When removing a nest, mites can disperse and bind themselves to humans. For these purposes, personal protective equipment should always be worn while working with starlings.
Great care should always be taken when extracting a family of starlings from a vent. For defense from predators, starlings generally pick nesting sites that are above 7 feet in height. This means that reaching the nest and extracting the babies involves working from a ladder. We can safely reach any height to help you solve your bird dilemma.
If you have hit the outside vent cover, you will need to gain access to the pipe in behind. Always be cautious when entering a starling nest as they can always bolt out from the vent suddenly, possibly causing you to lose your grip or balance on the ladder. In most instances, access is most conveniently provided by removing the vent cover completely. Plastic vent covers quickly become brittle from UV exposure. In most cases the vent cover cannot be removed without damage and a patch must be mounted afterward.
Adult starlings will exit a vent system under their own control with some noise and poking. Once the adults are out, it is necessary to decide whether there are babies inside the vent. Baby starlings do not leave the nest for several weeks after birth and are dependent on their parents for food and nourishment. Babies can only be extracted by hand. It is important that all birds are removed before securing the vent cover. Birds trapped within your vent will die, resulting in a terrible smell, maggots and flies.
Determining the presence of babies can be challenging as the ability to see and hear would be limited by nesting material. Special tools and equipment are also needed to reach the nest and any babies inside. Every bathroom, kitchen and dryer vent system is different depending on the home’s layout and construction. Materials can also differ; duct tubes can be constructed from either solid aluminum or flexible accordion-like plastic. A family of starlings can easily break through plastic vent tubes allowing them access into your attic or walls and make matters more challenging.
We use hands-on procedures to humanely remove the nest and the babies inside. To prevent potential re-entry, our technicians protect the vent cover with a heavy gauge screening that keeps birds out but also enables the vent to operate as it should