Some enjoy bird watching. Some keep them as pets. Some have to deal with their roosting and pooping at their home or place of business. Wild birds pose significant health risks with their droppings and can carry mites that are dangerous to humans. In addition, birds can be very stubborn when it comes to leaving attics and chimneys once they’ve made their nest. Professional pest control is the only way to get rid of birds in a humane and effective way.
The most common types of birds that interfere with the lives of Dallas, TX residents are pigeons and starlings.
Did you know the common pigeon is actually a type of dove called a “rock dove”? These names can be used interchangeably to describe the birds most known for walking around city streets while pooping on the sides of buildings and parking lots. They are easily identified by the gray and greenish purple iridescent plumage and bright orange feet.
The first starling was found in Texas in 1924. From there, the population has exploded across North America and South as far as the Puerto Rico. Starlings can be identified by their black feathers with a greenish blue iridescence that’s covered in white spots, with a pointed yellow bill. They are relatively small birds that are 7.9-9.1 inches long with a 12.2-15.8 inch wingspan.
Why do I have birds in my attic?
Enclosed spaces such as attics (the most common), crawl spaces, vents, and chimneys are popular places for bird nesting within residential homes. Birds such as pigeons and starlings enter attics through broken vents, windows, and gaps. Attics provide a space that is protected against predators and the elements. Once inside, they lay eggs and raise their young, staying for several months on end. Even when the birds leave the roost, an unrepaired entry point can lead to nesting from additional birds in the area.
For commercial property owners, ledges, signs, vents, and light fixtures are problem areas for bird nesting. With spaces that are easily perched upon or conducive for nesting, birds can live.
Are birds dangerous?
Birds can introduce a wealth of diseases to otherwise healthy humans. Pigeons that carry bacterial infections can spread illnesses such as E. coli, food poisoning, histoplasmosis, pigeon mites, and candidiasis. When large amounts of pigeon droppings aren’t cleaned up, they solidify into a powdery substance that can be carried by the wind. Humans can unknowingly inhale these miniscule particles, leading to possible health complications. In commercial settings, excessive bird droppings can cause slip and fall hazards for your staff and customers. Droppings that are splattered all over your building and parking lot are unsightly and disgusting to look at. It’s needless to say that you should call Certified to bird-proof your businesses as soon as possible.
How can I prevent birds?
Preventing birds is as simple as sealing up potential entry points. By repairing torn window screens, replacing broken or old vents, sealing holes and repairing vulnerabilities in your roof, and installing a chimney cap.
How does Certified get rid of birds?
Certified utilizes a variety of techniques and tools to eliminate roosting and nesting nuisance birds. We’ll evaluate your particular problem and then provide options and recommendations for effective control within your budget. We use only modern control methods that safely discourage them from entering premises where they’re not quite so welcome (or that could even do them harm). The following methods offer safe means of removal and humane, environmentally friendly ways of deterring birds from making their home in unwanted places:
- Spikes are a cost-efficient option (available in a variety of colors, sizes and materials) that effectively deter birds from landing on ledges and overhangs to nest and create health hazards.
- Trapping enables safe capture and release into a more welcoming environment, and can also be used as a deterrent or to block entry points.
Do you have birds nesting on your home? Give Certified Termite and Pest Control a call at 972-440-1709 or fill out the form on this page to set up a bird inspection at your home!