Animal and nature lovers often enjoy birdwatching. Homeowners even install birdfeeders containing food to attract specific species for their viewing pleasure. However, not all birds are welcome. In fact, some cause major issues. In this post, North American Home Services reviews how to remove problem birds, as well as which birds are problematic and why.
Every bird serves a purpose, and it is not our goal to eradicate them. However, some birds are problematic and should be diverted from areas where they cause issues. The most common nuisance birds include pigeons, doves, seagulls, geese, crows, ducks, sparrows, swallows, and woodpeckers. When we remove problem birds, we do so for various reasons.
Many bird species travel and congregate in flocks. For instance, you generally see pigeons and geese in groups. Therefore, it’s not surprising that large flocks leave a huge mess. Most people don’t like piles of bird droppings around their home or business. And most guests and customers don’t want to walk over and through bird droppings to enter your space.
Bird droppings are more than unsightly and dirty. Unfortunately, they can also cause health issues. Pigeons are particularly worrisome as their droppings dry and turn to dust, which enters the air and HVAC system. Consequently, people sensitive to dust particles can experience asthma attacks and breathing issues.
Birds often nest on rooftops and in gutters in addition to nearby trees. In addition to droppings, rooftop nesting also creates debris, such as straw, grass, and other organic materials. As a result, you may experience clogged gutters, rotting wood, and pooling water due to insufficient gutter flow. Bird droppings on the roof can ruin tar and roof shingles when left unattended. Thus, birds also present an actual risk to your personal property.
Sometimes birds abandon their nests and make their way into your home or business. Typically, birds roost in attics and chimneys when they invade. You may even hear them chirping and moving about. If they die in a small space, you may smell them, too.
If you notice anything described here, you can take several steps. First, you should always treat birds humanely, including when trapping and relocating them. Then, thoroughly clean the space and evaluate any damage that may require repair. Finally, protect the space from re-entry by installing netting, speakers that broadcast calls from predators, or bird spikes. If that sounds like a tall order, don’t worry. That’s when you contact us.
North American Home Services can remove problem birds, as well as ants, bed bugs, termites, spiders, and more. Additionally, we provide home inspections, roof repairs, and more for Sacramento homeowners. Call (916) 481-0268 to schedule an inspection.