Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Birds

So far, the spring season has brought us freshly grown flowers, backyard BBQs and, unfortunately, birds moving into one of the air vents on the side of our house. Yup, just like the mouse we dealt with during the winter, this is another not-so-nice thing about owning a home.

We first discovered the nest last Friday, after I heard a scrabbling sound and series of clanks that seemed to be coming from inside the living room ceiling. Since then, my husband has tried a couple different ways of getting them out, including running the fan and taping up a makeshift cardboard grate, which they have since managed to remove twice.


(via Wikipedia

Has anyone else dealt with this issue? Do you have any advice? We don’t want to harm the birds, but just prevent them from damaging the vent and producing waste that makes its way inside. I imagine we may have to contact animal control or try putting a more permanent grate over the opening, which is located three stories up and very difficult to get to. 

No matter what ends up happening, I'm sure we’ll continue learning as we go, and eventually get the hang of this whole "owning a house" thing! 

10 comments:

  1. yikes! I guess animal control is the way to go with this one!

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    1. By climbing a ladder and using a long metal pole, my husband was finally able to discover and close a flap inside the vent, which so far seems to be keeping them out. Thank goodness! The thought of them being in there and spreading bacteria was disgusting me.

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  2. Hmm I have no idea how you get birds out! They aren't afraid of your cats? Otherwise, it's animal control then too!

    p.s. that movie was so scary! I remember watching it as a kid and thinking our front door wasn't thick enough!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    1. Yeah, our cats usually sit by the windows, but I guess the birds don't care. LOL! My husband was finally able to close a flap inside the vent, so that will hopefully keep them out.

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  3. we definitely don't have animal problems but goodness there are so much to consider during home ownership. good luck with the birds!

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    1. Thanks! My husband was finally able to close up a vent flap and keep them from flying in. And yes, there are just so many things to think about when it comes to owning a home. It's still awesome, though! :)

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  4. Yikes! We haven't found any birds in our house, but they have been picking apart my herb garden. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks! My husband was finally able to get them out by closing a vent flap. We're crossing our fingers that it won't happen again. Good luck keeping the birds out of your garden!

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  5. I agree with others that animal control is sounding pretty good right about now.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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    1. It was sounding pretty good to us, too, but we were fortunately able to find a vent flap and close it. Fingers crossed they won't come back!

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