Hi my name is Brendan Mangnitz, I have been in the Nuisance Wildlife Removal industry now for nearly 6 years since I graduated from College at UF with a background in Entomology and Wildlife Biology. I have seen and controlled just about any wildlife issue you may think of. I have dealt with Birds in apartments complex, Bird removal from your everyday house hold, Birds in the Attic, Birds digging up yards, Birds in Pools, Birds stuck in Chimney’s, and the list goes on and on. I have used several different control and removal methods for Birds and that’s what I want to share with you guys on our website here at Animal-Pros.com.
While there are a couple of ways to remove birds, your best option is to repel them before it even becomes an issue. There are several bird repellents on the market that can help keep birds away from your home, however there are some more permanent methods that are proven to work as well. Things such as bird spikes can be installed on the roof, which prevent birds from landing on the roof and nesting. Electric deterrents are also available to serve the same purpose, they will send a light shock through the bird’s feet when they try to land. Not to kill them or cause any permanent damage, but enough to deter them from landing on your roof to build their nests. If you have a barrel tile roof, bird guard or bird netting, can be inserted into the raised parts of the tile so that birds aren’t tempted to build nests inside of the spaces. You can also prevent your lawn and home from looking appealing to birds by making sure that possible food sources are gotten rid of. This can include berries from bushes, livestock feed, any crops that you grow, and the obvious bird baths and bird feeders.
If you already have an issue with birds nesting, you can try to remove the nest on your own before there are eggs in it, and immediately put up deterrents. However, this can get tricky if eggs have already been laid as the mama will do anything to protect her babies. You can try for simpler repellents, such as setting up fake predatory birds, like owls, to try and scare them away as well. You can also contact a wildlife specialist to help you get rid of your bird problem at any time.
You’ve probably come out of a store to find your shiny car hit with a giant bird dropping at least once. It’s frustrating and you probably looked up at the sky and silently (or verbally) said some not very nice things to that bird – wherever it may be. As you’re probably well aware, bird droppings are typically white in color and have a pretty wet consistency – hence the splattered look when it lands on your car. The pasty consistency of their droppings is due mostly to the uric acid found in the droppings, which helps to retain water. Due to the uric acid, bird droppings can cause damage to the property that is unfortunate enough to be beneath them. This can include your home, car, lawn ornaments, and more. You can often find mold growing or metal being eaten away when exposed to bird droppings for too long, which is why it is important to have it cleaned immediately.
If you’re unlucky enough to have a roost of pigeons or starlings on your home, you will probably experience more bird droppings than you have ever cared to see in your life. These can stain exterior walls and prove to be rather difficult to clean up. If the feces has a high acidity, the feces itself can cause comsetic and structural damage to man-made structures and public artwork. Many urban centers, like Rome and New York City, spend millions of dollars per year cleaning up after these birds! That's money out of your pocket as taxpayers--isnt's that insane!?
Bird droppings are highly recognizable, however, so you don’t have to try and compare them to other wildlife animals. You can generally tell pretty quickly if you are dealing with birds or not, which can be helpful to stay ahead of the situation. You may want to contact a professional to remove bird feces from the area properly so that you don’t have the added worry of mold or corrosion on your home after your bird problem is removed.
On a brighter side of the topic, bird droppings can be good for your yard. The nitrogen found in them makes for rich soil, so while you may hate having birds around, at least your lawn is gaining something from it.
While their droppings are messy and inconvenient, there are worse things that come from having birds around. Birds are known for carrying several different diseases, as well as parasites. They are most known for carrying avian flu, which is a strand of influenza contracted from infected birds that has been known to have a high mortality rate in humans. Salmonella is also one of the most commonly known infections that can be acquired from birds. While some of the diseases they carry are passed by direct contact with the bird itself, there are many that are passed through contact with the feces. Many of these are results of fungi that are capable of growing in the feces of birds. Histoplasmosis is one of the more common diseases from this and can cause severe upper respiratory issues in humans.
Aside from diseases and parasites that the birds can transfer directly, they are also carries of other pests and parasites that are outside of the bird. Parasites such as ticks, bed bugs, and chicken mites are commonly found on birds. Mostly, they are found on the more common birds such as pigeons and starlings. These “ectoparasites” can get into your yard, onto your pet, or even into your home. While these may not be necessarily harmful to you on their own, these bugs can transfer diseases of their own as well.
Like all other wild animals, it is important to use protective gear when coming in contact with birds or their droppings. You can also call a wildlife professional to help with most bird issues, as long as it is not a protected species.