Found in cities around the world, pigeons can be a disease-carrying nuisance.
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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.
Western Exterminator professionals can help you with your bird control and bird removal needs. Just call us at 800-937-8398 or use our online form to discuss your bird removal needs and to schedule an appointment.
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. Pigeons in particular can make a huge mess on pavement and patios and bring a hose of health concerns.
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 nervous system that can actually lead to coma and death.
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.
Seagulls are intelligent birds that are very protective of their young. Seagulls are known to be loud birds and are typically found in coastal areas of the US.
These are found near food and water sources, like lakes, rivers, oceans, restaurants and roofs of buildings. In urban areas, seagulls are known for eating discarded food but their natural diet consist of fish, worms, bird eggs, bugs and rodents. They are also one of the few animals that can drink salt water.
Seagulls have an average lifecycle of 15 to 20 years. Depending on the species of seagull, the female can lay anywhere from 1-3 eggs at a time. The incubation period for seagull eggs lasts anywhere from 22-26 days.
Seagulls keep their mate for a lifetime, making them a monogamous bird. They are very protective of their young so they will defend their territory from other seagulls. Although each pair of seagulls is territorial, they live in colonies that consist of a few pairs of birds to thousands of pairs of birds.
The best way to protect your property from the noise and smell of a seagull infestation is with professional seagull control. Western Exterminator specialists use a variety of humane and effective bird control methods to keep birds off of your property.
Our specialists use a combination of different techniques:
Western Exterminator also provides clean-up and sanitation services, which are all in accordance with OSHA guidelines and Federal and State regulations.
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.
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.
At Western Exterminator company, your complete satisfaction is not just a goal. It's our job. Discover the peace of mind only Western can provide. Call today at 800-937-8398 or schedule an appointment online.