When birds of a feather flock together around your home or business, it can get pretty messy. Pigeons, sparrows and starlings leave behind nests and droppings that can cause serious health problems and frustration for humans forced to share their home with a flight of unwanted winged lodgers.
Every bird removal requires a unique game plan that takes into account the type of species, the location of the birds and the behaviour they’re exhibiting. Hiring professionals that know which tools, techniques and strategies to use saves homeowners money in the long run, while protecting their property from further damage. Our technicians know where to look for droppings, and are trained to identify any potential fire hazards created by bird nesting material. Once our technicians have had the chance to evaluate the situation, they will walk you through their findings and their removal, clean-up and prevention plan.
Whether you have pigeons roosting on your roof or starlings nesting inside your bathroom fan vent, one of the biggest challenges to resolving a bird issue is safely accessing the areas of concern. Determining which exclusion methods and deterrents work best to keep birds aways can make the process even more complex. Skedaddle technicians are trained in ladder and roof safety to access all the hard-to-reach areas birds love to clean the mess they leave behind. Skedaddle’s hands-on approach to bird removal has been refined for over 30 years and is backed by a lifetime guarantee. The team at Skedaddle is always available to help if any issues arise in the future, and ensure that your bird problem has flown away for good.
Problems with birds can affect both homes and businesses in and older communities and newly built developments. Vent openings, soffits and chimneys are common areas that birds like starlings and sparrows will use to enter homes and nest. Taller and larger structures like commercial businesses and high-rises attract pigeons and gulls in great numbers. When it comes to excluding and deterring birds, there are many techniques and products available. No matter the size of the problem, understanding bird behaviour and building construction is critical to effectively resolving any bird issue. Skedaddle’s team of professionals has over 30 years of experience developing and deploying bird removal and prevention strategies.
Once birds have nested on a property, they are capable of creating costly damage to ventilation systems and building materials. Starlings stuff dry materials, like grass and twigs, into vents to build their nests, leading to fire danger. Acidic bird droppings can permanently stain brick, siding and stucco, and cleaning must be done with care and proper protective equipment. When disturbed bird droppings can become airborne and if inhaled can lead to health problems. Skedaddle technicians come prepared with the protective equipment needed to safely clear every trace of birds and their droppings safely from your home.
The arrival of baby birds can make removals more complicated. Most bird species nest and lay their eggs in the early spring and summer months, while pigeons are capable of nesting throughout the year. For the first three weeks of their lives most chicks are dependent on their mothers care from the nest, and are still unable to fly. This means removal must wait until all the birds are able to fly and a thorough cleanup can take place.
The rare exception when babies can be safely moved applies to young starlings nesting in areas like kitchen or bathroom vents. In these cases, babies can be gently removed from the duct by hand and placed in a substitute nest container until they are ready to fly. Once the family is out, the opening to the vent is screened off to re-entry and the parents move into the temporary nest we’ve secured to the exterior wall. From there they can continue to look after the babies until they are ready to fly at which point Skedaddle will return to remove the nesting container. Professional removal is critical during this time to ensure the proper methods are used and that no babies or nesting material are left behind in the duct.
Winter is a quiet season for bird watchers, as many birds in the northern parts of our continent migrate to warmer climates in the south. However, there are local species that stick around for the winter months, and rely on the warm nests they create to survive the cold temperatures. These staycationers seek out a warm place to nest, which could end up being your home. Many birds will naturally return to their nests each spring, meaning any bird problem you once had will likely return after winter has melted away. Due to the long process of bird removal, using the winter time to professionally prevent their entry or return is your best option.
While their bodies are designed to keep them warm during extremely cold stretches, it can be difficult for birds to resist the warmth exhausting from roof and wall vents around the neighbourhood. Pigeons are able to reproduce year round, and while it is more common for them to lay their eggs in the spring and fall, your home can become a breeding and nesting ground in the winter, potentially causing thousands of dollars in damage to your home.
Since birds do not hibernate, they will continue to feed throughout the winter. Food sources are more difficult to come by, which results in these flying creatures spending more time around bird feeders and sap producing trees in our communities.
Bird nest material is dry and flammable, and can cause a fire hazard when packed into a vent exhausting hot air. Winter is the perfect time of year to take preventive measures to protect your home before birds become more active in the spring. If you notice signs of bird entry along your wall or roof vents, don’t hesitate to call on Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control to take a closer look.
Warm nest sites like chimneys, attics and vents are prime targets for feathered urbanites. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s Wildlife Technicians are trained to identify bird entry points, and determine the phase of their breeding cycle. Our technicians have certified ladder and roof safety training to access the high areas that birds love and determine the extent of damage they have created.
To ensure humane and economical wildlife removal, our technicians must remove all birds and nesting material, taking extra care not to disrupt any babies. For younger babies, removal is often completed after they are able to fly the nest, usually within a few weeks. In some cases, baby starlings that are nesting inside vents can be removed by hand and placed in a temporary nest. This allows for technicians to secure the vent while adult birds can still feed and care for their young. This process requires expert advice on bird species and seasonal patterns to complete safely.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s wildlife removal strategy is humane, safe and reliable. Part of our process involves clearing and cleaning any nesting material and droppings can pose serious health risks. This is an important step, because inhaling particles from bird droppings can lead to infections called histoplasmosis and psittacosis. Our technicians will clean all contaminated vents without spreading bacteria or nesting material throughout your home.
To ensure all bacteria and signs of your bird infestation have been cleaned, your Skedaddle wildlife technician will advise cleaning and clearing tactics, like insulation repair and ventilation system inspection – depending on the severity of contamination. This will help ensure a healthy future for you and your family. Any bird droppings left on your home or walkways will be cleaned away, leaving your property safe and clean.
The next step in Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s process after humanely removing and safely cleaning up after wildlife, is ensuring that your home and family are protected. The best way to prevent future bird infestations is to deny their access in the first place. Three decades of experience helps our technicians determine the target areas of your home or business and which exclusion or deterrent products are necessary to resolve the issue. For smaller openings, our technicians expertly screen and seal bird entry points while larger spaces can be protected with netting systems that can cover areas thousands of square feet in size.
To prevent birds from roosting on your home or business, our technicians deploy bird deterrent strategies that keep them from landing and settling in. Visual and physical deterrents are designed to make birds uncomfortable and force them to move off your property. Knowing which products to use, and where to install them to achieve results takes experience and skill. Our wildlife technicians specialize in ensuring that your home and your family are protected as part of the Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control customer service experience.
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Starlings are cavity nesters and love to nest inside dryer, kitchen and bathroom exhaust vents found on the outside walls of homes. These openings provide shelter from the elements and a safe place for mothers to raise their babies. When building their nest, starlings leave droppings and dry materials behind, creating serious fire and safety hazards.
Yes, bird droppings carry diseases that are transmissible to people and pets. Some of the most common diseases found in bird droppings are; salmonellosis, histoplasmosis and psittacosis. All of these diseases can cause serious side effects or respiratory illness when left untreated. Bird droppings can easily spread throughout a home during infestations or improper cleaning.
The Migratory Bird Act protects hundreds of different species of native birds in North America, with the goal of ensuring all populations thrive and can safely complete seasonal cycles. Common bird species found near homes and businesses that are not protected by the Act include the house sparrow, the European starling, and pigeons. All three of these species are not protected because they are not native to North America.
Birds nest and lay their eggs in the early spring and summer months, with babies hatching anywhere from 10-30 days later. Unlike other bird species, pigeons can nest throughout the year if conditions are right.
Store bought or DIY bird deterrent methods, such as decoy owls, might offer some short term relief but with time birds learn that fake owls are no threat and eventually return. In most cases more complex exclusion and deterrent techniques are required.
No, birds do not have a sense of smell and will not abandon their baby after you touch them. A mother bird may abandon a chick if they determine they are not as strong as the other chicks in the nest. This strengthens the probability that her other chicks will thrive. It is important to avoid interacting with wildlife unless absolutely necessary and only move chicks from a location if they are injured.