Whether in the country or on a busy city street, birds are a common sight. They are extremely resilient creatures that can make their home in many places, both rural and urban. And most of the time, that’s okay with us. They are quite entertaining to watch. We like seeing them flitting from tree to tree or nibbling on a french fry that has fallen on the sidewalk. And we agree that birds are interesting and beautiful creatures, but they can become a serious problem when they get into the wrong places. Whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, birds can present a serious threat to your property. And while there are several pest bird species found in our area, we’re only going to focus on three of the worst: pigeons, house sparrows, and woodpeckers. Here are some issues you can expect from each of these birds:
If you are like most people, you can probably pick out a pigeon in a lineup of birds. They are rather well-known birds, probably because they are so abundant in the United States. And you might even think that those pigeons are pretty to look at. But don’t let their harmless demeanor or vibrant blue plumage trick you into thinking that pigeons are okay to have around your home or business:
- Pigeons get into dumpsters and other unsanitary areas. This makes them mechanical vectors for harmful bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli.
- Pigeons are incredibly smart. If you’re looking to keep them from gaining access to a sensitive area of your property, you’re going to have your work cut out for you.
- The droppings left by pigeons are corrosive. How corrosive? Well, they can damage stone, metal, and masonry over time, so we’d say pretty corrosive. Those droppings can also contain harmful bacteria, fungal agents, and parasitic worms. When their dried droppings become airborne, they can lead to the transmission of histoplasmosis, a respiratory illness that can be fatal.
- When pigeons leave their droppings around, they can present a slipping hazard. This is more common with larger pigeon infestations.
House sparrows are small birds, only growing to around 16 cm in length, but they can be a big problem. If you see little brown and tan birds hopping around on your property, keep in mind this short list of house sparrow problems. And don’t let their name deceive you. These birds can be a problem for both homes and businesses.
- House sparrows have aggressive nesting habits that work to displace native bird species.
- The nests build by house sparrows are usually quite elaborate and can clog gutter systems and become a fire hazard when established inside electrical boxes.
- The droppings left by house sparrows can eat through the paint on cars and damage some building materials. They may also contain harmful bacteria, viral agents, and diseases.
- While all birds can carry ticks and other ectoparasites, house sparrows are especially common vehicles for these pests as seed ticks prefer smaller animals. When seed ticks develop into the next stage, they’ll drop off and find larger mammals as hosts such as dogs and cats.
- If you’re sensitive to noises, these are not the kind of bird you’ll want to have hanging around your property. They can be very noisy, especially when they gather together in large numbers.
These birds might be cool to watch, but they can also be a nuisance to have on your property. If they are drilling holes in your home or business or the trees on your property, it is important to know that it might be because there is a pest inside your wood that woodpeckers want to eat such as termites or carpenter bee larvae.
- The obvious problem woodpeckers present is that they tap holes in building materials. This can be destructive for homes and businesses.
- Their tapping noises are loud and disruptive.
Since different birds present different problems, they often require different solutions. At ChemTec, our bird control specialists are familiar with the pest birds that affect homes and businesses in our New Jersey service area and they have a wide range of tools at their disposal to resolve those pest bird problems. And we understand that controlling bird problems for homes is quite a bit different than managing them in a business setting. At ChemTec Pest Control, our team has the experience and resources to customize your bird control program to meet your individual needs, no matter how large or small your property is!
So, whether you are looking to keep birds away from your home or you are looking to protect your business from all of the many problems pest birds can cause, we can give you the support you need! For assistance, contact us at ChemTec Pest Control today. We’re here to assist you!