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Animal Removal in Dryer Vents

Animal removal in dryer vents is important to keep your home safe.  Animals, such as birds and rodents, are not uncommon to find in your dryer vents.  They can be a terrible nuisance and should be removed immediately as to not incur harm to the animals or costly damage to your home.

How can I tell if there are animals in my dryer vents?

If you have birds or other animals in your dryer vents, you may be able to see the animals entering from outside the house.  Some other indicators are foul smell and noise.

Take a look at the dryer vent exhaust on the outside of your home.  If you notice excess leaves, branches or other items that resemble a nest, you may have a bird or other rodent living rent free at your residence.  It is always best to call your dryer vent professional right away if you notices this.

When a nest is built in a dryer vent, you will notice your dryer taking longer to dryer your clothes.  This is because the air flow is being restricted. This is a serious issue as it could cause your dryer to overheat and catch on fire.

How are these pests removed?

Your dryer vent technician will remove bird nests from dryer vents using air tools and specialized brushes, that allow them to break up the nest and remove the debris. It is important to know, they cannot remove an active nest with baby birds or eggs.  Once the nest is removed, the technician will treat the system with a disinfectant to kill any germs, mites, or other insects that may have nested in it.

What kind of damage can animals inflict on the home?

Many nests have mites that can enter your bathroom exhaust vent and enter your home. This is a common issue, so once the nest is removed it is important to treat the line and kill unwanted insects.

Who should I call if I have an animal issue in my dryer vent?

Your dryer vent professional can solve most problems by getting rid of birds and animal nests and other issues related to flues and vents.

What can I do to prevent this from happening?

Having regular inspections and cleanings can ensure that no animals or rodents are nesting in the outside dryer vents of your home.

In addition, special dryer vent covers can be purchased that allow air to flow unrestricted while limiting the access to birds or other animals.  These are usually inexpensive and very effective.  Ask your dryer vent cleaning company about what options may be available for your home or residential building.

Call Apex today if you require nest removal or just a regular cleaning (732) 257-4590

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