Pest Fire Hazards

Pest Fire Hazards

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The moment birds, mice, rats, and other animals nest in buildings, there are potential health risks to people, generally from diseases and parasites. There is, however, another result of fire hazards that could be much more dangerous.

Birds, as well as rodents, prefer to build nests in and on buildings. They look for small chimneys, vents, voids, and other comfy spaces. They may also try to find flammable items such as lint, string, bits of fabric, dead grass, dried leaves. Whenever their nests are blocking a vent or are close to whatever could generate a spark or become hot, a fire could occur.

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Fire Hazards in one circumstance,

A sparrow ruined most of a house while smoking in bed. Fire investigators discovered a sparrow. In brief,  a nest in the attic contained seven cigarette butts. The birds gathered the soft material inside cigarette filters to make a nest, still smoking and adding it to its nest. Some other fires arise when birds construct nests on top of outside building floodlights. The hot lights fire up the nest, which in turn ignites the eaves and roof—another fire hazards case.

Mice mainly prefer to nest in vehicles, beneath the hood and in other protected places. In one case, a car ignited following the heater ignited mouse nests underneath the dashboard. However, flaming nests aren’t the sole fire hazard associated with rodents. Rodents also love to gnaw on stuff such as electrical cables and wires. The gnawing can result in a short circuit and sparking, which may start a fire.

Here are actions you can do that can help prevent pest-related fires.

  • Set up a screen cap atop your chimney in case you don’t currently have one.
  • Ensure to screen all outside vents and fit with exterior flapper valve covers to prevent birds from getting in. However, avoid screening the dryer vents since lint will get in the vent, resulting in a fire hazard of its own.
  • Block or screen any bird nesting spots on your home during the wintertime so that birds cannot nest there in the spring.
  • When you discover empty nests of pest birds and rodents, take them away. Bag and dispose of the nests. The nest continues to be a fire hazard long after the habitats are gone. Put on gloves to protect yourself from any parasites still left in the nest.

If you have a bird, another animal nesting in or on your own house, give Insect Control Auckland Services a call! We are experts in nuisance wildlife eradication. Insect Control Auckland skilled technicians will humanely get rid of the animal, block its entry to your home once and for all, and clean up the nest site.

Call Insect Control Auckland Services on 0800 783 266.

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Experienced, researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 34 years of disinfecting, cleaning and pest control Auckland services experience.

Published: 6/11/2014 Updated: 19/06/2021