Birds can be nice to watch outside, but when they get inside they can be a nuisance! They can attract insects, cause destruction of building materials, and spread disease if left uncontrolled. In fact, a recent research study found that 92% of wild sparrows tested positive for salmonella. Birds also leave droppings that can stain and/or corrode building materials and attract even more pests, such as mites.
Our region is home to a variety of bird species, such as woodpeckers, cardinals, mourning doves, finches, sparrows, wrens and starlings, among many others. While they are magnificent to observe, we strive to keep them outdoors in their natural habitats
Signs of a Bird Problem
If you see a bird(s) in your home, you may have a bird problem, but even if you don't see them there are a few things you can look for. You may smell or see bird droppings, or hear loud chirping as signs that they have created harborage somewhere in your home. You might even find a nest. If you hear a knocking sound of the side of the building, you may have a woodpecker feeding on wood siding that has been infested with other tasty morsels for the bird (beetles, ants, etc), or trying to attract a female woodpecker during mating season.
In the spring, birds seek places to build their nests and lay eggs, usually in trees or on elevated ledges. They do this to protect their nests from predators on the ground, and sometimes the best place they find will be near your front door, or in rafters or exhaust fans. Typically, the first sign of a bird problem are the accompanying pests in your bathroom or other rooms. If notice any of these signs it is best to call a professional for help.
Getting Rid of Birds
The more comfortable a bird gets, and the longer his nest is left undisturbed, the harder it will be to remove. It is difficult and dangerous to attempt to remove a bird on your own, as they have strong beaks and will attack if they feel threatened. If you find a bird in your home or building, contact a professional wildlife removal service for help.
A&C Pest Management is trained and prepared to handle your bird problem. With relocation strategies we will free your home of birds and encourage them to live outdoors. For more information on wildlife control and to schedule an appointment, contact us today!