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BIRD REMOVAL PROCESS

ASSESS AND REMOVE

Assess and Remove

The first step in resolving a nuisance bird issue is a thorough understanding of the exact nature of the problem. Our customized removal plans take into account the species of bird involved, the affected areas of the home and the time of year.

clear and clean

Clear and Clean

Birds can be messy, their nesting material and droppings can cause home damage and result in unsanitary conditions. As part of the process our trained technicians will remove nests from vents, soffits and balconies and safely scrub away unhealthy droppings.

PREVENT AND PROTECT

Prevent and Protect

Our prevention plans are customized to address the specific bird threats your home faces. Our technicians are trained to install protective barriers and devices designed to make your home inhospitable to birds.

 


Birds in Victoria

Birds nesting in your home can pose risks for you and your family. However, bird removal in Victoria can be tricky because many species are protected by an international treaty called the Migratory Bird Conservation Act. If a bird is protected, it may still be possible to remove it from your property, but it requires a special permit. We are familiar with applicable laws and ensure that our services are in compliance.

What We Do

Due to the difficulties involved in removing birds, we can help to prevent them from nesting on your property. We do this by identifying potential entry points and sealing them off so that the birds cannot get in.

If you have had birds in your home in the past, they may keep returning to the same nesting site year after year. Under the law, it is typically only legal to remove the nest after the baby birds have left. We thoroughly clean all the areas where the birds have been, not only removing the nesting materials, but the excrement they may have left behind. Bird droppings can contain disease-causing microbes, so we take care and time to clean them up safely without exposing you or your family to dangerous pathogens.

What You Should Know About Invasive Bird Species

Just because a bird is common in British Columbia doesn’t mean that it belongs here. For example, rock pigeons, house sparrows, and starlings all rank among the top 20 most common bird species in the province. However, they are invasive species, meaning that they are nonnative and their presence has an adverse effect on native wildlife.

Invasive species were brought to North America by humans. Sometimes it was intentional, and other times the birds may have been brought accidentally through international trade. However, they got here one way or another and they made their way to British Columbia, where they started reproducing unchecked and competing with native bird species.

Starlings are found throughout Vancouver Island and are present year-round. Rock pigeons are present in British Columbia year-round, but they are found almost exclusively in urban areas such as Victoria. House sparrows are present on Vancouver Island year-round, but only in the southern portion.

Native to the Middle East, house sparrows are now one of the most widespread bird species in the world. In British Columbia, they compete for nesting sites with native birds such as purple martins and bluebirds. Released onto the continent in New York City in 1890, starlings are aggressive birds that chase other species away from feeders. Rock pigeons can make nuisances of themselves by crowding backyards in large numbers.

Why Having Birds in Your Home Can Be Dangerous

When birds nest in your home, they can expose you to specific and varied hazards:

  • Bird droppings can expose you to a chronic disease called histoplasmosis. It causes ongoing flu-like symptoms, and is most likely to attack people with weakened immune systems.
  • Bird droppings can also damage automobiles and building materials because of their acidic content.
  • Birds like to build nests in vents and chimneys because the hot air escaping helps keep them warm. Nesting materials can start a fire if exposed to high temperatures, and nests blocking vents or flues can cause poisonous carbon monoxide to build up in your home.
  • Bird nests are full of parasites and bacteria that can cause health problems
  • If a baby bird dies in the nest, it can produce a severe odour.

Contact Skedaddle for Bird Removal in Victoria

We are committed to humane wildlife removal on Vancouver Island in compliance with all applicable laws. If you have birds on your property, Contact Us for an assessment and a plan of action you can trust.

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