The presence of birds is often seen as a special pleasure and a sign of a healthy ecosystem. Our region is blessed with an incredible diversity of bird species. But not all bird species are created equal. Some species, such as pigeons, can be more troublesome. Things can become uncomfortable when too many decisions that your home is a good place to nest and roost. Once they decide to find shelter on or inside your property, it won’t be long before the noise, droppings, and damage to your property become unbearable.
There are several smart harmless ways to prevent bird infestations. This blog is packed with what you need to know about bird infestations, and how to get rid of them.
What Attracts Birds To Your House?
Reliable sources of food, shelter, and protection from predatory species are factors that make an area ideal for pest birds. Birds take shelter in a place that offers protection and is difficult to reach. A local food source will also prove irresistible to all manners of birds. Human food sources such as open garbage bins are especially tempting.
Signs Of Bird Infestations
If you start noticing large gatherings of birds around your home, you may be in the early stages of a bird infestation. It is important to keep track of their numbers and their movements. It can be that they are investigating a potential site and they are checking out the neighborhood. If you start to notice patterns in their behavior, then now is the time to act. Some signs of bird infestation include:
- Bird droppings – Have you noticed large amounts of bird droppings around your home.No one likes to clean bird droppings off their balcony or front porch again and again. They look bad and they smell worse. Bird droppings also cause damage due to substances that can degrade paint and eat into metal. Worst of all, bird droppings can cause health issues.
- Bird nesting – You may start to notice nesting materials accumulating in your home’s eaves, gutters, and vents. You may also start to notice birds chirping and the sounds of pecking and rustling on your home surface. Removing bird nests can be tricky because many species are protected by law under “The Migratory Bird Treaty Act.” This law makes it illegal to take or remove nests or eggs without a permit. Since it is difficult to ascertain what species of bird you are dealing with, it is recommended that you leave any birds nest removal to a professional.
- Debris – Nesting birds can be messy. Bird debris is caused by strewn nesting materials, bird feathers, and pooping. The accumulation of debris often results in sewer blockage, a messy environment, and drain damage.
How To Deter Bird Infestation Safely?
Understanding what nuisance birds are attracted to is the first step in helping to prevent them. Bear in mind, wildlife laws protect birds and their nests. If you are unsurre, you need to get in touch with a licensed and trained professional to implement controls.
Here are small little things you can do to deter early bird infestations:
- Refrain from feeding the birds
- Regularly cleaning the area
- Keeping garbage containers shut
- Sealing entry points to prevent nesting