You wake up one morning to a pigeon cooing outside and it’s cute – you may even roll out of bed to go and have a gander and feel rather pleased to wake up to something so natural. But what happens when you see another and another and sooner or later your property is home to a large flock of pigeons? Pigeons can be nice to marvel at when you get a visit from one or two but if they decide to set up a nest in your home you are in trouble. They are noisy, they leave their droppings all over, they lead to property damage and before long you can expect to see other pest crawling out of their nests and into your home.
Pigeons are not the only birds that can easily turn into pests. Species such as gulls (for those who live close to the sea), sparrows, starlings, crows, swallows, grackles and others have the potential to flock and nest in places where they are not wanted.
Common Problems presented by Birds:
- The bird droppings, otherwise known as guano, will deface anything in sight. If you recently painted or renovated your home that will be gone in no time. They will leave droppings on your windows and you will be forced to clean them quite of often in order to enjoy visibility of the outdoors. Their droppings eat into wood, and sooner or later structures that were stable start to fall apart.
- Flocking birds present a hazard to other bird species. Because of their numbers diseases amongst them tend to spread rather fast and other birds which feed near your property may get affected and start to die off.
- Bird diseases are not restricted to birds. When most people think about diseases that can pass from birds to humans they think of domesticated birds like chickens which can cause pandemics like bird flu. Wild birds can also cause diseases that can infect human beings and some of them are potentially deadly.
- A flock of birds nesting on your property will increase expenses on your part because of the frequent maintenance that is required. Not only will you have to clean more often, you also have to keep on doing repairs to everything that they damage
- Noise levels from flocking birds can reach deafening levels. They can make your home less than habitable.
- Flocking birds build nests and these are perfect for other critters to lay eggs and spread into your home. If you don’t get rid of nests as soon as you notice them you can expect to have other pests crawling around before long.
- Birds may also bring other predators to your property.
What is the Best Bird Pest Control?
The kind of bird pest control that you put in place will depend on how big a problem you have. If you have only a few birds you shouldn’t underestimate their potential to increase – within a few months they can start to turn up in the hundreds. However, if you intervene in the early stages they will have no option but to seek a home elsewhere.
Here is our Top 20 of Simple Tips that are Known to work when you need more Bird Pest Control:
- Get rid of whatever it is that they feed on. If you see birds flocking to your property there is a high likelihood that there is a source of food nearby and getting rid of it will force them to relocate.
- Make sure that you keep dustbins covered at all times. Today, many birds will scavenge on anything they can find, so even if there is no food in your dustbins there may still be things in there that they eat.
Pigeons are amongst the animal which have best adopted to changing conditions. Most of our cities keep ever growing forcing animals to become city dwellers as their natural habitats are for ever shrinking. You can find a documentary on this subject on IPlayer here: Cities: Nature’s New Wild.
- One of the most common reasons why birds will flock to a property is a fruit tree especially in the summer when the fruits are ripe. If the flocking is severe sometimes the only solution may be to get rid of the tree. Some people use netting to cover the trees so that birds cannot get at them – they soon get frustrated and leave. You should make sure that all fruit that falls to the ground is picked right away.
- If you have a bird feeder you may find that scavengers like to steal the seeds. You should research what seeds aren’t suitable for flocking birds but that are readily eaten by other species.
- Reduce spots on your property where birds might nest. If you have gutters that collect leaves and debris or chimney corners they will find a way to make nests there sooner or later and their numbers will increase over time.
- Wood is a great place for pests to hide which in turn attracts birds. If you store wood near your home make sure it is in a covered shed and pest-proofed.
- Do you have standing water near your home? During the summer when it is hot and water is scarce birds may flock to it and before you know it they will arrive on your property in large numbers. Get rid of standing water around your home or make sure it is well sheltered away from birds.
- Make sure that you cap all chimneys on your properties. Nesting birds will do lots of damage and can even lead to fire in your home.
- Some people assume that if you trap birds in a nest and set them free away from the home they will be gone. The opposite is true – they almost always come back because they are homers.
- There is a varied number of optical bird scaring devices available in the market. You can try them to see if they work for you.
- You may want to clear away some of the vegetation that is very close to your home.
- Avoid leaving food scraps outside. After a party or barbecue make sure that you clean all of your outdoors areas properly.
- Having a cat or two can help if you aren’t dealing with large flocks.
- Remove nests that have more than one or two birds in them.
- Bird netting can provide an effective solution for those who are living in big cities.
- Noise making devices have been known to work.
- Clean your gutters every few months – the dirtier they are the higher the odds of a nest of birds.
- Keep pet food well covered if it is outside the home.
- Some birds like starlings have very strict requirements when it comes to nesting. A few structural adjustments to the property can get rid of them for good.
- Don’t let nests grow – deal with them as soon as you see them.
If all these things have been tried and failed you should call us on 01926 632 929 for a leading local professional bird pest control service.