When birds of a feather flock together in your home, 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.
When spring finally rolls around, you are likely excited to enjoy the warm weather. We at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control certainly are. Of course, the spring can also bring some surprises. You may discover a sudden burst of bird activity around your home. Birds, particularly starlings, sparrows and pigeons, often make use of houses to give them a comfortable place to nest.
Starlings typically roost together in large numbers. They can be very vocal and are noted for their ability to imitate other birds and animals. These birds can become very aggressive with local, native birds and may compete with them for nests. During the spring, many homeowners discover starlings in bathroom, dryer and kitchen vents. This is one of the most common bird issues facing homeowners during spring.
House sparrows have adapted to human civilization and prefer to live near us and our homes. They can raise two to three broods each year. With up to seven young per brood, their populations can quickly multiply. We often find sparrows in the eaves of buildings. They also frequently make their nests during spring in by gaining access to openings in roof vents and soffits found on homes.
Pigeons frequently make their nests on houses and structures. In fact, city pigeons are descendants of domesticated rock pigeons brought to urban centers by people. They often nest and roost in barns, on building ledges and on rafters and beams. Each year, pigeons raise multiple broods of one or two young.
Contact us today to learn about our comprehensive and humane bird control services. We will assess the situation, remove the birds, clean up their nests and protect your home against future infestations.
As most of us know, migratory birds in Canada and the northern United States will travel south during the cold months to survive the winter. Birds are less active in the summer than they are in the spring, hiding and resting during extreme heat, and caring for their young. Eggs are laid anywhere from early spring to late summer, with babies being born anywhere from 10-30 days later, depending on the species. Much of the summer is spent taking care of their newborns, teaching young birds to fly, forage for food, and build nests.
In order to keep cool in the summer heat, birds have a number of methods. Aside from heading to a body of water to splash around in, birds will also pant similar to dogs, opening their beaks to allow cool air to flow in and out of their mouths. They are also able to spread their feathers out and allow the breeze to cool their skin down as well. Lastly, birds will find cool, dark places to build their nests, which unfortunately includes our homes. Attics, eavestroughs, sheds, soffit, and porches are some of the common shaded areas birds will make their nests.
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. To ensure a 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, a protective container is placed near the previous nest so that adults can continue to feed them until they begin to fly.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s wildlife removal strategy is humane, safe and reliable. Part of our process involves clearing and cleaning any contaminated material, like odourous droppings or carcasses that can pose serious health risks. This is an important step, because inhaling particles from bird droppings can potentially cause an incurable disease called histoplasmosis. Your 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.
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. To prevent future bird infestations, our technicians will screen and seal the entry point, as well as any other potential openings. 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.
FACT: Sparrows, starlings and pigeons do not make neat nests. They tend to be quite messy and can extend over several feet in a vent or chimney pipe. This poses a serious fire hazard. Birds will nest just about anywhere that can provide shelter, including roof vents, wall vents, chimneys, soffit and roofs.
FACT: Bird droppings are acidic and will eat into painted surfaces. They can cause permanent damage to building materials and automobiles if left unattended.
FACT: Nests in chimneys and vents can block the proper exhausting of carbon monoxide and moisture. This can cause carbon monoxide build-up and mould, both highly hazardous. Telltale visual signs of bird entry points are broken vents, bird droppings and protruding sticks and leaves.
FACT: The very young, very old and those with impaired immune systems are at greatest risk for severe illness from histoplasmosis. Mites, ticks and fleas are commonly found in birds’ nests. Inhaling bird feces can cause an incurable disease known as histoplasmosis, characterized by constant flu-like symptoms.
FACT: Most sparrows and starlings lay 6-7 eggs twice per year. Pigeons can lay 2-4 eggs all year round. One or two young usually die in the nest.
FACT: Sparrows can fit through an opening the size of a golf ball.
FACT: The most effective method to get rid of birds is to remove all the birds and nesting material and completely seal all potential entry points.
FACT: The bacteria and parasites in the nest as well as baby bird carcasses will cause severe odour and potential health problems.
FACT: Sparrows, starlings and pigeons are the most common bird species that come into conflict with people. Their nests and droppings can cause significant odour, damage and human health concerns.