Dryer Vent Bird Guard
Exterior Vent Cap for Dryer Vent
Exterior Exhaust Hood - Dryer Vent
What is a Dryer Vent Bird Guard?
Birds love to nest and lay their eggs in bathroom exhaust vents and dryer vents. The most common birds that love building nests in your dryer vents are the starlings and sparrows. The vents often become clogged from the nesting materials of the birds. The vents also become contaminated with bird droppings and harbor such nasty criters as tick, mites and fleas ... to name a few.
A bird guard is a insert that prevents birds from entering and building a nest in the exhaust side of the dryer vent, but at the same time, allowing the lint to escape through the holes. Its important to install a bird guard and prevent birds from blocking the exhaust pipes and consequently the air flow from your dryer or bathroom exhaust fan.
The inserts need to be installed prior to the nesting season but if baby birds are present, it is imperative you allow the baby birds to mature and leave the nesting cavity on their own prior to restricting access. Once the birds have flown the coop install the bird guard and feel assured knowing your dryer vent is protected from future nesting.
We actually recommend taking the dryer vent inserts out after the nesting season and re-installing prior to the next nesting season. This will prevent you from having to clean the inserts as they will eventually build up a lint deposit. Regardless of which type of nesting protector you purchase, this will be a necessary job - its just that the dryer vent bird guards are a 60sec install, clean and replace.
So what do I need to do? Prior to the nesting season, purchase and install a dryer vent bird guard. They cost $8.97 for 2 inserts from Amazon. Window screening is not effective, as the birds will peck through it. They are designed for easy installation, it only takes 60 sec from start to finish to install … no screws, hammers, screwdrivers or power tools.