Birds in subfloor Vent
Birds in a subfloor vent could possibly be one of the most difficult tasks a wildlife removal company could possibly perform. These pesky creatures will often get in the dryer vent or bottom floor bathroom vent from the outside, they then enter the vent and use the feet and beak to break the flexible vent tube. This allows the birds access into the entire subfloor.(which is the area between your first floor ceiling and your upstairs floor) Once these birds are loose in the subfloor, they become very difficult to try and treat the problem effectively. To do this type of job you will need several specialty tools that include but not limited to: ladders, siding tools such as siding zippers and a hand brake, drills and all types of hand tools. If you do not feel comfortable with heights and using all these tools at height, I would skip it and call a professional wildlife removal company, they should have the tools to get it done correctly and all the neceaary permits to treat the areas for bugs which will keep them from coming inside your home.
Whats so hard about this job?
The problem with treating these vents in the subfloor is access, you have very little if any access to these areas the vent pipes are located in. You have to remember that when these vents were installed, there was no drywall, siding or flooring in the home. Installing these vents is often done after the framing aspect of the house is completed. So!, you are trying to thread a needle thru a haystack, with birds flying around your head 20 feet off the ground on a ladder. No fun!!! These are several disease that are associated with birds and their presence, I will include the name along with a small description, it will be up to you to dig further into the particular disease. Histoplasmosis is a respiratory illness that may be fatal. It results from a fungus growing in dried bird droppings, its is often associated with bats also. Cryptococcosis is caused by yeast found in the intestinal tract of pigeons and starlings. Starlings are the most common birds found in vents. The illness often begins as a pulmonary disease and may later affect the central nervous system. Since attics, cupolas, ledges, schools, offices, warehouses, mills, barns, park buildings, signs, etc. are typical roosting and nesting sites, the fungus is apt to found in these areas. E.coli. Cattle carry E. coli 0157:H7. When birds peck on cow manure, the E. coli go right through the birds and the bird droppings can land on or in a food or water supply. This is not as serious as the two diseases above but can be a threat.
How much should this cost?
Prices vary in every region of the country and so do the methods used to remove the birds, nesting and young. This is a much tougher job than a normal bird in a attic vent, this usually requires 3X as much time and some very skilled people to eliminate this situation is a safe and sanitary manner. You do not want someone that is not qualified to do this, because the chances are very good that they will leave, nesting, baby birds and parasites behind. All of these will come back and haunt you, the parasites such as lice and mites WILL end up in your home, the young birds WILL starve to death and die and when they die they stink. If you are looking for a professional wildlife removal company that should be capable of handling this situation click here. The costs usually start at about 800.00 and go up. If you have any questions, shoot us a email, we are always glad to help!