While birds are beautiful creatures to watch in flight, they can wreak havoc on the home. Birds like pigeons, starlings, and swallows like to use homes as their own, creating nests in attic spaces, along the roof, and in vent openings. Birds can cause damage to the structure of the home as well as pose health concerns. Knowing these dangers and how to prevent birds from infesting your home can save time and money as well as your health. Learn more about the risk as well as prevention below.
Damage and Danger Involved
To begin, you must first understand the damage and danger involved when a bird infestation happens in the home. Birds like starlings and pigeons will leave behind droppings that contain large amounts of corrosive uric acid. This acid can cause staining as well as damage to building materials. Birds that roost on your home can leave accumulations of the droppings with damage taking place that can be costly to repair. Nests created in areas like the attic and vents can be a fire hazard.
On top of these issues, the birds can also be harbouring parasites and infectious diseases that can affect those in your home. Pets and family members can become sick due to catching such diseases via dried bird droppings that are airborne. Dried bird feces can become airborne and travel into the home via open windows or air vents. This can lead to serious sickness for you or your family members.
To limit the bird activity around your home, there are exclusion methods you can try as a form of bird control. Wildlife control experts can provide such services in order to ensure the birds do not affect your home and you can avoid damage to your property as well as the potential for health concerns.
Exclusion methods include such installations as galvanized steel screening to venting and the roof area. The screening allows these areas to still function but will keep birds from gaining access to the attic or other areas of your home via these entry points. The special sealant can be used to stop birds from entering the attic or soffits of the home when applied to cracks and crevices. Large gaps found in stone exteriors are prime entry points for birds to set up nesting areas.
Netting and spikes can also be used as deterrent methods. With bird netting, the mesh netting is professionally applied to deny birds access to areas such as building overhangs. The netting provides lasting protection in a discreet way. Spikes are an option that can be added to the roofing or ledge areas of the home. Small spikes are placed in such a way that birds do not want to land on your roof, so they find somewhere else to go.
Being proactive will help to ensure that your home is not affected by birds. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we offer quality bird control options so that your home does not see damage by these pesky creatures. It also ensures that everyone in the home is not exposed to any diseases that birds can carry.