Sharing your Coquitlam property with birds usually causes few problems, and you may even enjoy watching them in the trees and at your backyard feeder. However, when a family of birds decides to move into your home’s vents, this can cause a variety of issues that can pose a danger to you and your family. We at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control can assist you with bird removal in Coquitlam and provide you with some helpful information about why birds might move in and the dangers this may cause.
Birds Seek Warmth and Safety
Not all North American birds migrate to warmer temperatures when colder weather arrives, and those that stay seek out warm, dry places to make their nests. This is why birds often find their way into heating and cooling vents, as it provides them protection from predators as well as from the cold weather. When the weather starts to get warmer, birds will begin their nesting preparation for chicks and will likely remain in your home’s vents rather than nest in a tree because of the protection they provide. While you might think of birds as relatively harmless, this could cause some potentially dangerous situations.
Nesting Birds Can Cause a Fire
Birds find and use a variety of dry materials for their nests, such as twigs, leaves, dryer lint and even scraps of paper. When they bring these items to create a nest inside your home’s vents, this can cause a fire when you turn on your furnace. A buildup of feathers can also spark a blaze that could travel quickly to multiple rooms throughout your home via the furnace ducts. The risk may increase when multiple birds nest in one area of the vent and bring large amounts of nesting material into a limited space.
Birds Carry Disease
While most birds are pleasing to look at, they can carry a variety of diseases that could cause illness in your family, including pets. These diseases can travel through your home’s air vents and include:
- Bird mites and fleas
- Avian flu
Bird droppings can also cause illness in pets that come into contact with it or if your dog or cat discovers and eats a dead bird. Birds that die inside the vents can also cause bad odours and cause fleas and mites to spread throughout your home as they leave the host’s remains. You can reduce the risk by evicting unwanted nesting birds, but if you are unsure about how to get birds out of vents, our experienced Skedaddle technicians can help.
How We Handle Bird Removal In Coquitlam
When it comes to removing birds from the vents in your home, calling us for assistance as a first step can be an effective choice because our technicians have the know-how to not only remove the birds safely and humanely but prevent injury to you and your family as well. Birds will defend their nests by pecking and scratching, so leaving the removal to our technicians can help you stay safe.
Once the birds are removed, we can also prevent the risk of fire and poor recirculated air by cleaning the vents. This includes removing nesting material, feathers, droppings and dead specimens from the ducts. Once the vents are clean, our technicians will further protect your home by blocking up any entrance points with the use of screens and sealants. This can prevent any further nesting activity, especially during springtime when most birds hatch and rear chicks.
Our feathered friends provide us with song and the joy of seeing species with colourful plumage, but when they decide to move into your home’s vents, they make for unwanted guests. Call us today or fill out our online form so we can make your Coquitlam home safe.