Are birds roosting or nesting on your property?
If so, you need to be concerned.
Birds are an important part of nature. As predators, they feed on insects, rodents, worms, fish and many other animals. As prey, they supply food for predators such as cats, foxes and predatory birds. Millions enjoy bird watching as a sport and recreational activity. Because of their contributions, birds are afforded much protection by federal laws and regulations. However, several species of birds are likely to become pests and a nuisance at your business. Birds that are pests can present serious economic, health and safety concerns. They can also damage your property and your reputation if stringent OSHA/FDA regulations, inspections and standards are not met.
What about damage and economic concerns?
The most obvious problem associated with pest birds is the defacement of buildings, sidewalks, steps, autos, statues, etc. caused by bird droppings. The droppings can have a corrosive effect on automobiles, equipment and finished products. Downspouts, gutters, drainage pipes and air vents can also get clogged with droppings, nests and feathers, which attract insects like beetles and moths. When they congregate in large numbers in urban areas, their noise, droppings, feathers and simply their presence can be offensive. Uric acid in pigeon droppings is highly corrosive, causing extensive damage. Roosting in flocks, they can cut a roof life in half while damaging air-conditioning units and other rooftop machinery. Sparrow nests around power lines and in electrical substations have caused serious fire hazards. The vocalization of starlings made at roosting sites in urban areas and the droppings they produce are very annoying and unsightly to building occupants and nearby residents. Pest birds increase maintenance costs and liability risks. Millions of dollars are lost each year due to the contamination caused by bird droppings, feathers and ectoparasites.
And what about health concerns?
Pest birds can and do create health-related problems. There are many disease organisms associated with pest birds. These birds and their droppings can spread over 60 transmittable diseases to humans and animals. There have been many documented cases where bird management was necessary because disease organisms associated with their droppings were infecting employees, causing diseases that affect the brain, lungs, skin and digestive tract. Bird droppings contaminate food and water and release airborne spores that can be inhaled by employees and customers. Effective bird management is an absolute must to maintain and ensure a healthy environment.
Identifying the most common pest birds
A pest bird familiar to most everyone is the feral pigeon. Today, it is the most serious urban pest bird. Before there were tall buildings, pigeons were more commonly called rock doves because they roosted among rock formations. These pigeons came to the U.S. from Europe in the l600s. They now roost in large numbers in virtually every city throughout the country.
The house sparrow was introduced from Europe into the U.S. in 1850. It is now one of the most common and numerous of our urban pest birds. Sparrows often flock around warehouses, stadiums and airport hangars, but also in gardens and yards, where they displace desirable songbirds. Sparrows usually build their nests in, on or near buildings.
Like the sparrow, the starling was introduced into the U.S. from Europe in the 19th century. Starlings are well adapted to urban life, which offers an abundance of food and nesting sites. They will nest almost anywhere including commercial buildings, lighted signs and billboards. Starlings will drive native birds out of their territory and are well known for their flocking habits.
Dodson Pest Control Innovative Solutions
Dodson has the knowledge and experience to assist you with bird management. Our technicians will evaluate your concerns and develop a customized approach to provide effective protection from pest birds.
The nature and extent of the pest bird problem needs to be well defined before deciding on which bird management measures would be most effective. Habitat modification is essential for effective pest bird management. Birds can be dramatically reduced in numbers by eliminating food sources, standing water, shelter and nesting sites.
Our goal is to manage pest birds without harming them, using exclusion and repellents as the foundation of our programs. Our objectives are to effectively prevent birds from roosting, reduce exposure to the building's occupants and maintain the appearance of the structure.
Dodson Pest Control may use any one or more of these bird management strategies:
- Exclusion Netting. Netting is installed in protected areas to block the roosting or nesting of birds on rooftops, ledges, overhang areas, docks, warehouses and signs.
- Repellents. Adhesive gels are spread on surfaces to make it unpleasant for birds to perch.
- Wire deterrents and Spikes. Stainless steel or plastic wire and spikes are installed on buildings to discourage birds from landing.
- Baits. These products are commonly used as effective avicides and frightening agents to most pest birds.
- Traps. Many pest birds are caught in traps and later released.
Contact your local Dodson office today