How to Remove & Control Birds and Keep Them Off Your Roof
As those feathered friends start interfering with your health and welfare, it’s possible that you’re going to get very angry, very quickly. Wondering what you can do? This quick guide can help.
Which Birds Are A Problem?
Most birds you see in your yard are actually protected by federal law, and not all of them are problematic anyway. The house sparrow, the feral pigeon, and the starling, however, can all be very problematic, and eliminating them from your living space is typically a must.
What Type of Damage Do They Cause?
Not sure they’re actually a problem? They can do a number of different things that may change your mind. First, the accumulation of droppings is a real problem both from a health standpoint as well as a property damage one. They can deface and actually damage the surface of your home or your property, forcing your resale value to plummet. What’s more, though, is that those droppings can spread disease and attract insects, creating multiple infestations at once. Bird nest sites can also attract mites and ticks that might create further risk to your health.
Prevention is Key
As with many pest infestations, bird proofing is the single best starting place you can find. The goal here is to make your overall environment unsuitable to nest in or roost on. That means the birds move on to find another spot. Fill voids and crevices around your home that might make perfect nesting sites. You may also want to utilize spike strips or similar material to force the birds to look for more comfortable surroundings. If you have particularly difficult spots to bird proof, you can block them off with screen or chicken wire to keep the birds out. Bird wires can also be strung to prevent bird landings on certain spots.
Bird proofing doesn’t stop there, though. You need to make certain you don’t have any food or water out for these problem pests. If you have standing water areas, dry them up immediately. You should also keep outdoor garbage tightly lidded and monitor outdoor pet food to ensure the birds aren’t getting into it on a regular basis.
Calling in the Professionals
If you already have bird problems, the single best thing you can do is call for professional help. You’ll want to be careful which birds you’re removing, as some are protected species, but you’ll also want to be careful which techniques you use, as dealing with these creatures could turn dangerous for you. Professional pest control teams have the right equipment and training to end a bird problem for good.
Bird Control Service With No Harm Removal Solution
How do you keep birds away from your home or business without harming them? It’s a challenging question with a surprisingly elegant solution when you use the right bird control service. Let’s go through the bird removal problem step-by-step:
Birds aren’t too much of a nuisance in most situations. However, when they flock and adopt a particular area, they can cause damage and deter customers. Just earlier this year, a pair of Northern Mockingbirds made their home nearby. Their territory encompassed several houses on that side of the block. Anytime anyone stepped out of the door, they’d immediately have to fend off swooping birds aiming straight at their head. Their warning cry was also shrill and could be heard most hours of the day. The mockingbirds didn’t hurt anyone, but they did make you paranoid the moment you stepped outside.
Even worse than that, a flock of pigeons can make quick work of particular areas with their droppings. Droppings carry disease and can spread infection. They’re a particular danger to children and pets. They can also wear away paint, finishes, and protective coatings, quickly amassing a serious need for home or business repair. The result looks ugly, can damage your home or building, and is a health hazard.
Avoiding Harmful Methods
Nonetheless, this is a bird’s habitat and the last thing we want to be doing is killing them off. The only thing that’ll get worse word of mouth than a business covered in bird droppings is a business that kills birds. Plus, it’s illegal to kill many birds in Massachusetts, and for very good reasons.
Neither can birds be effectively trapped and removed except in very particular circumstances. Bird removal is a precise measure aimed toward single birds or families, and can’t address an entire flock. It also requires moving birds a considerable distance, lest they simply fly back and re-nest in the same place. Even moving a bird several miles may not have a lasting effect. What might be several days’ journey for a nuisance pest on land becomes the work of a few hours for some birds. Furthermore, it’s impractical to move the large flocks that usually pose the most immediate problems. That leaves us with one option – deterrence.
Bird Control Service Solutions
The solution bird control companies employ is to provide a bird control service that redirects a flock away from your building. Essentially, it makes your building a less inviting and more complicated target for them. We use Bird B Gone products adapted to deter a variety of species. The right solution depends on your particular problem. It may be applying safe, bird proof gel to your roof, or using hawk decoys or reflective deterrents. Perhaps we use bird spikes, netting, or a wind-powered spinning deterrent.
The list of Bird B Gone solutions is nearly endless, yet precise solutions depend on the species of bird giving you trouble. We have experienced experts and we consult with ornithologists skilled in urban bird conservation. An effective strategy has to consider the species of bird, their number, the time of day they’re most troublesome, the layout of your street, even the number of trees around. There are a number of factors that inform our strategy for protecting your property. Use our expertise providing bird control service to your advantage.