Birds are excellent natural pest control creatures in their own right. They keep insect and rodent populations at bay, making them a welcome sight for many home and business owners, never mind their occasionally beautiful songs. Everything is good in moderation, though, and birds that decide to take up residence near your home or business can cause problems that may necessitate their removal from the premises.
Birds causing problems?
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There are as many as 10,000 species of birds, each with their own identifying features, nesting habits, preferred diet and behavior. While some species bear similarities in one or more of these areas, the world of birds is wide and varied, which is why birdwatching is a popular pastime. Because of the sheer number of species in the avian kingdom, it’s important to identify which type of bird you’re dealing with.
In areas near your home or business, you’re likely to encounter songbirds like cardinals, robins, finches and crows. You also might see the occasional bird of prey, such as an owl, vulture or hawk. City dwellers may get frequent visits from pigeons and rock doves, while country folks may find themselves neighbors with woodpeckers. Those in coastal regions may see seagulls and cranes on a regular basis. Still, many birds bear a striking resemblance to one another and it may take a trained eye to help you positively identify which type of bird is causing problems for you.
Damage Caused by Birds
Birds don’t set out to cause damage, but it happens, nevertheless, and some of the hazards aren’t offset by the natural pest control avian critters provide. Nests may be built in areas that create a fire hazard – beneath your eaves, for example, or near a junction box. Plant matter, hair and other dry material they gather for their nests makes excellent kindling. Nests can also expose you, your family, your pets and your visitors to parasites, ticks and mites.
The search for food by birds can also be problematic – woodpeckers, for example, might decide to peck away at your siding in search of termites, or cause ruin to your favorite landscape tree seeking out other tasty insects. If you grow a garden or crops, you may also walk out one day to see your harvest laid bare by the foraging of these critters.
Some birds, especially those accustomed to human interaction, can become aggressive toward people. Geese and ducks that are routinely fed scraps by well-meaning visitors can attack unsuspecting bystanders in search of their next treat. Large birds of prey, such as hawks and falcons, may pose a danger to small dogs and cats.
The Problem with Bird Poop
One of the biggest issues with birds sharing your space is their waste. The droppings birds leave in their wake is a combination of uric acid (what other species would excrete as urine) and fecal matter. This waste can end up covering your home, sidewalk, car and more. If the aesthetic damage wasn’t enough, these droppings can harbor bacteria, fungi, viruses and other pathogens that can harm people and pets.
There are over 60 diseases that may be present in bird droppings, causing illnesses that range from the mild, like salmonella and E. coli, to severe and life threatening as is the case with meningitis and encephalitis. Yet more issues arise from breathing in the dried dust and fumes of these leavings, which can exacerbate lung conditions like asthma or cause new issues, like bird fancier’s lung, to develop.
How to Handle Bird Problems
Birds aren’t a problem – until they are. Dealing with an unwanted bird situation can be tricky, as some birds are protected species under local, state and federal laws. Trapping of birds may be restricted based upon the type of bird or even the season, especially if the bird is considered a game bird.
Because of these concerns, a bird problem necessitates a trained professional. An avian wildlife control expert like those at Critter Control can help you positively identify the species of bird you’re dealing with and remove problem critters from your property safely, humanely and legally. To prevent a repeat of the problem, your expert will help you identify ways to make your buildings and property less attractive and hospitable to birds who seek to take up residence.
To speak to someone about a bird problem today, give Critter Control’s wildlife experts a call at (574) 825-1079.