Bathroom Exhaust Vents
With spring coming, birds, particularly cavity nesting birds are looking for places to nest, like in this bathroom exhaust vent pictured at the right. House sparrows (Passer domesticus) and Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) are two invasive birds that like to nest in cavities like this bathroom exhaust vent. Don’t be deceived by the flapper valve as it often doesn’t stop birds from nesting.
I suggest securing the bathroom vents with an easy to install plastic vent cover available from your local hardware store. It is very inexpensive and won’t rust. Caution. DO NOT apply this advise to dryer vent exhausts. Those require a different approach due to the concern of lint build up that can cause a fire hazard.
Protect your bathroom exhaust vents now before the birds find it.
Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP.