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.
There are two common categories of birds in North America: migratory, and non-migratory. While the migratory birds will not be much of a nuisance during the fall, as they begin to fly south to warmer climates, non-migratory birds remain nearby to continue causing trouble for homeowners. Similar to other species, these birds are looking for warmer, sheltered areas to build their nests before the cold weather arrives. It is common for us to see birds, especially pigeons, nesting and roosting in attics, roof vents, soffit, eavestroughs and on ledges throughout the fall season. This is also the time of year where homeowners will begin to stow barbecues, outdoor furniture, and other seasonal items that birds may use to create winter nests in. Be sure to secure these items properly to deter wildlife from nesting within them.
Birds living in your home in the fall is just as dangerous as it is in the spring and summer. Bird droppings can cause serious health issues for homeowners and families, and nesting material can plug heat vents, creating a fire hazard. To ensure your home is safe this fall season, take a good look at common bird nesting areas, such as wall and roof vents, and take action to have birds excluded before the winter arrives.
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.
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