Pulling into the driveway I could not help but notice that the neighborhood looked like a Hitchcock movie scene. There were crows everywhere! On the roofs, in the trees, walking around in the yards and road.
And not a few! Well over 100! They were even flying above in dozens.
From the subject house my client, the Realtor and I looked out a window and saw black things stuck on the siding of the house next door. We were about 30 yards away, and from that distance they looked like, and we suspected, bats.
And from our window we could also see the gable vent.
Plastic, it was all chewed up. I said that this makes that house vulnerable to opportunistic animals, birds and bats.
I joked about maybe even to the crows in the neighborhood!
But it didn't look right. Bats like hidden and protected areas. These looked stuck on the house at a joined angle in the siding. So I went to look further.
And this is what I saw!
Five crow heads sticking out of the siding!
And quite dead.
Apparently the crows had gotten into the attic through the gable vent.
Making their way around as they explored the attic space they were unable to get out.
At this spot, from the inside, they must have seen a ray of light from a gap in the siding.
Trying to take advantage of the gap they stuck out their heads, only to not be able to pull them back inside.
Stuck in place, they died. I had to wonder how many others were dead inside the attic space!
It was the Hotel California ... where you can check out, but you can never leave.
My recommendation: small things can become big things. Home maintenance is quite that - maintenance! The gable vent is easy to see and replace. I prefer to see the aluminum ones over the plastic ones. Aluminum doesn't get so brittle from sunlight, isn't so vulnerable to hail storms, and isn't so easily broken by animals. An animal-free attic space is a happier attic space!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560