Available: Two cozy units with hood and warm engineCourtesy The national Pest Management association
When Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at the National Pest Management Association, noticed her car was running funny, she took it to the shop. Her mechanic soon called to tell her a rodent had made a nice little nest for itself in the engine compartment and chewed up several of the car’s electrical wires. Shortly after her incident, Mannes’ husband’s car had the same problem. “We ended up calling a licensed pest control professional to come out and take care of the situation. Luckily, it hasn’t happened again since,” she says.
Bow to the queenCourtesy The national Pest Management association
According to the National Pest Management Association, a mature colony of bald-faced hornets has 200-400 workers—that’s a lot of stinging power. The nest in this picture is about a month old; they can get as big as a basketball if they’re in a location where the winters are mild or the nest is in a protected location like a barn or garage. You won’t want to miss these 14 creepy things found in people’s homes.
Fluff cycle only, pleaseCourtesy dryer vent wizard
You can’t blame this bird for picking a dryer vent for its home—it’s warm, safe, and dry! “While seemingly harmless, bird nests in dryer vents can cause poor dryer efficiency, human respiratory infections, and dryer fires,” says Jason Kapica, president of Dryer Vent Wizard. “The safest way to remove a nest once spotted is to call a professional.” That’s because built-up lint is extremely flammable and a fire hazard. It’s one of 15 hidden home dangers you should never ignore.