How Do You Know if You Have a Bird Infestation?Signs of a bird infestation can be subtle at first. As the infestation grows, the signs may be more obvious.
- Damage to Roofs and Eaves: Apart from looking for food, the main goals of birds are to build nests in which to raise babies. They want to build nests that are as safe and secure as possible, which is one reason why they build far off the ground. Nests in roofs may also provide shelter from wind and cold. If there is an existing flaw in your roof or around the eaves, birds may exploit it by making it larger to accommodate a nest. While you may not have noticed the initial damage, you may be more likely to notice the extra damage the birds have caused.
- Greater Numbers of Birds: There are times of year during which some bird species tend to flock in large numbers, usually around the time of their yearly migration. If the large numbers persist out of season and the birds seem to be sticking close to your property, it may be a sign of an infestation.
- Bird Droppings: Bird droppings are one of the surest signs of an infestation, one that you are likely to notice even if you do not see the birds themselves. Bird droppings cause unsightly white patches on outdoor surfaces and may produce a foul odour. They can spread disease-causing microbes and cause surfaces to become slippery, increasing the likelihood of a fall injury. Bird droppings also contain substances that can cause property damage by eating away at metal or painted surfaces. The more birds that are present, the more droppings are produced, compounding the problems that they can cause.