Nuisance bird problems can vary widely in size and scale depending on the exact circumstances at your home or business. The first step in Skeddadle’s bird removal process is to complete a thorough inspection so that we can understand the exact nature of the bird activity. From there we will develop a customized removal plan using the knowledge and experience we have gained in our over 30 years removing troublesome birds.
The most common birds you are likely to find causing trouble on your property are; European starlings, house sparrows and pigeons. Each of these species behaves differently and every bird removal process is unique. Our technicians will devise a customized and effective plan to safely remove birds from your home or property. Once we understand the extent of your infestation, we will explain the steps of our removal process, and provide you with a written quote.
How We Assess Bird Issues
No two bird issues are the exact same. For a humane and effective removal, it is critical to understand the species involved, the behaviour they are exhibiting and the circumstances that have drawn them to the property in the first place. Nuisance birds are attracted to homes and buildings most often during nesting season, when pairs of birds seek out secure locations to have and raise babies. At other times of the year, birds might find your home or business an attractive place to congregate in order to find shelter from the elements or predators. In either case, things can get pretty messy, and they can introduce harmful or unsightly contaminants.
Our technicians will walk you through their findings, and the process that we will use to safely remove the birds. At Skedaddle, all of our bird removals are done in accordance with the migratory bird act, ensuring that all birds are removed humanely. Here are some of the things we’ll be evaluating as part of our initial visit:
- Which bird species are on your property?
- Where are the birds located?
- What damage have they caused?
- What has drawn them to the property?
- What kind of behaviour are they exhibiting?
- Is the bird pressure heavy or mild?
How We Assess Birds and their Nests
Birds have adapted to our urban environment in part because of their ability to create nests in and around homes and other structures. When it comes to the three main species of birds most likely to nest in or on your home, starlings, sparrows and pigeons are the ones you’re likely to find, though Canada geese and seagulls can also cause problems. The removal process depends on where the bird activity is and how far along the birds are in the nesting process.
Starlings, for example, are cavity nesters, frequently making their home inside vent openings found on the exterior walls of homes. They easily bypass the vent covers and fill the exhaust pipe with nesting material they have gathered from outside. When they do this they can block the proper flow of air from bathroom, stove and dryer exhausts. Sparrows are also cavity nesters and will make their home inside small openings they find along the roofline of your home, and inside vents and soffits. As they come and go from the nest, the adults leave behind droppings that can stain building materials. Pigeons, on the other hand, prefer to nest on flat surfaces, and often congregate on covered sections of roofs, window sills and balconies. Their nests are loosely constructed from twigs, small branches and the droppings of their nestlings.
In each case, it is important to safely gain access to the nest. This usually involves climbing a ladder, removing vent coverings, flashing or soffits, and humanely flushing out the adults. The best time to remove birds is before nestlings arrive. Once baby birds arrive the removal process becomes more complicated as measures need to be taken to ensure they are not separated from their parents. Trust Skedaddle’s experienced technicians to guide you through the process to ensure a humane and effective removal.
How We Remove Nesting and Roosting Birds
The places on your home you are most likely to find bird nests are; covered areas along your roof, exhaust vent openings and inside your attic. No two homes or buildings are the exact same and the locations that birds can find shelter will depend on the architectural design, the building materials used and their condition. Once a nesting site has been identified by our team, the birds are gently encouraged to exit, allowing us time to immediately begin the prevention process of installing galvanized-steel screens or silicone sealant to prevent reentry.
If birds are gathering on your property to sit or roost rather than creating nests, they will most likely be found along the highest points of your home, usually your eavestrough and roof line. The best way to force birds to move on in cases like this is to understand what has drawn them there in the first place and then modify the habitat accordingly to make it less hospitable. There are many bird deterrent products and devices available on the market today. The key to success is selecting the right control product to address the exact problem. Skedaddle has the experience and know how to pick out the right combination of bird deterrents and expertly install them to maintain your property’s aesthetic and keep birds away for good.
How We Assess and Remove Birds From Commercial Properties
Commercial properties, due to their size and height, are particularly vulnerable to nuisance birds. When birds target business operations they can endanger staff and clients, while also damaging merchandise and property. Our technicians are trained in roof, ladder and elevated work platform safety to ensure we can access even the tallest commercial buildings. We begin with a thorough property assessment, to develop a customized removal, clean up and prevention strategy. No property or project is too big, we have the skill and experience to install complex bird netting and wire systems to protect any business.