When you think of pests that can cause property damage and bring a host of health risks to your home, there's a good chance you don't think of birds. Many people enjoy listening to birdsong and there are those that love bird watching, but the fact is that birds can bring serious problems. Finding the right bird control and repellent solution for your home or business is important.
Birds like to nest in places like the eaves, roofs, gutters, vents and other places around your home. In order to create the perfect nesting area they dig holes in roofs and can get into attics and other spaces.
Bird droppings can corrode house siding, other types of metal or the paint off of cars. Droppings make sidewalks and driveways slippery and just generally ruin the look of your home.
Plus, there are health risks, thanks to the parasites that many of them carry, and from the droppings. Some of the diseases attributed to birds include:
Salmonella - often called food poisoning, the bacteria is found in bird droppings which can dry and become dusty and then get sucked into air vents to end up on food or in water.
E.Coli - sometimes birds eat material from cow manure and that creates the risk of e. coli transmission through bird droppings that end up in water supplies or food.
Fungal infections - such as histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis that can affect the lungs or the heart of those infected and are primarily transmitted by seagulls.
St. Louis Encephalitis - an inflammation of the of the nervous system that can actually lead to coma and death.
The first step is to get one of our highly trained and qualified bird control and removal specialists out to your home. We’ll find the likely places where they are nesting and determine the best way to safely remove the nests and birds and then discuss deterrent methods.
There are a variety of bird deterrents, including:
Bird spikes - these limit the places that birds can nest, can be installed discreetly and are effective in preventing further nesting
Bird nets - netting that can cover up the potential nesting places
Bird wire - a wire grid that is similar to bird netting that will cause the birds to find other places to make their homes.
Electronic deterrents - devices that will deliver electric shocks to the birds, causing discomfort and encouraging them to move elsewhere. These are often used in conjunction with bird spikes.
Common species of birds that like to nest in homes and cause problems include:
Pigeons - one of the most common bird pests that like to group together in large numbers. Their droppings often dry out and turn to dust, which can get sucked into air vents and cause a number of health issues.
Seagulls - can be particularly destructive and are not only a risk from their droppings and parasites, but are known to be aggressive and willing to attack people.
Starlings - common nesters around homes that are notorious for flocking in huge numbers. If you’ve ever seen clouds of dark colored birds flying out of trees near your home and raising a ruckus with their noise, it’s a good chance they were starlings. They leave a copious amount of droppings all over your property.
House sparrows - small brown birds that may not travel in huge flocks, but they tend to return to the same nesting places year after year, which can cause recurring damage to your home.
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