Pest Birds

What Are Pest Birds?

Pest birds that are common include Canadian geese, pigeons, house sparrows and starlings.  These birds are responsible for millions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses every year.  Bird droppings are damaging to roofs and other structural material and can be dangerous to the health of humans if inhaled into the lungs.  Birds can also carry disease causing parasites like ticks, fleas, and mites. 

Are They Dangerous?

Having the droppings and nests of birds around your home or business is dangerous because there are more than 50 diseases that are associated with them and their feces.  These diseases include histoplasmosis, chlamyiosis as well as salmonella.  Bird droppings are acidic as well, which can mar many surfaces.  Some birds, like the Canadian goose, can be quite aggressive when it comes to protecting it's territory, and often airport safety can be jeopardized if an airliner should collide with a large group of these birds.  House sparrows and starlings are serious problems in urban areas when their nesting, eating and living habits start to interfere with the habitats of humans. Gutters, drainage pipes and other structural elements can be damaged by sparrow and starling nests, and house and building fires have been attributed to electrical shorts where housing sparrows or starlings were nesting in machinery. 

How Do I Get Rid Of Pest Birds?

Getting rid of pest birds can be a difficult task as they are creatures of habit, and their numbers are large. Contacting Local Pest Control is the most effective way to ensure your property is kept free of annoying and damaging pest birds.

Can I Do It Myself?

Do-It-Yourself treatments and products for pest birds are not usually effective and may only serve to draw even more birds to your property.  Some treatments may contain pesticides that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Trying to discourage pest birds from loitering around your home or business can be very frustrating. Proper food storage and waste management will reduce the food that often attracts pest birds, but often exclusion techniques and barriers are what is required to keep these pests away for good. If pest birds have infested your property, call Local Pest Control as soon as you spot them to prevent a larger problem.