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.
For bird watchers, winter becomes quite a dull season. Many birds in the northern parts of our continent will migrate to warmer climates. However, some of the species’ will stick around to tough it out for the colder months. Sparrows, chickadees, doves, blue-jays, cardinals and more have adapted to withstand the cold temperature, and will stick around for your backyard viewing pleasure.
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. Their feathers are also designed to keep them warm, but the constant heat exhausting from our roof and wall vents is hard to resist.
Bird nest material is generally quite dry, and can cause a fire hazard when packed into a vent exhausting hot air. 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. 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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