Famed movie producer and director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds depicted a massive flock of birds attacking people in and around an isolated California town.
Today, owners and managers of grocery stores, food processing facilities, warehouses, hotels and apartment buildings, and even some homeowners who are enduring the wrath of nuisance birds feel as if they have been cast as the leading characters in the film’s sequel!
What’s the problem with nuisance birds hanging out in and around your home or business? Plenty. According to my copy of the PCT Bird Management Field Guide, an industry training and reference guide, bird droppings from pigeons and starlings are not only aesthetically unpleasing (is there no respect for park statues?) but are transmitters of disease-causing bacteria.
Over 50 diseases are attributed to bird droppings ranging from allergies to E. coli to salmonella. The bacteria can contaminate unprocessed grain and processed food, and pigeon droppings also carry several viral encephalitic diseases.
If that doesn’t gross you out, consider that many of the parasitic mites associated with pigeons also bite humans. A bird’s nest is not a clean environment and in addition to the blood-feeding insects mentioned earlier, house flies and blow flies like to call them home. Do you still want to feed the pigeons at the park?
In addition to the serious health issues nuisance birds cause, their presence can deal a blow to the structural integrity of a building. Consider the following:
- Bird droppings can be extremely slippery, leading to problems in areas where the public has access. They also have an acidic content, which is corrosive to paint work and masonry.
- Droppings and nest materials can block gutters and downpipes, which can damage the pipes themselves, as well as cause water damage to buildings.
- Bird nests can block chimneys and flues, which can lead to serious buildup of poisonous gases.
What can you do about nuisance birds if they have picked your home or business to roost? Call in the professionals. I of course, suggest the experts at Western Exterminator and our team of highly-trained bird specialists who will come out and conduct a thorough inspection of your property.
Based on the findings of the inspection, our specialists will make recommendations on how to safely and discreetly eliminate the bird problem without ruffling the feathers of employees or customers, and without harming the birds. A total win-win.
If you have questions on nuisance birds, send me an e-mail at AskMrLittle@WesternExterminator.com. I’ll be sure to get back to you right away with an answer.
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