BIRD CONTROL SERVICES
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The 4 main types of birds found around Southern California homes are pigeons, seagulls, starlings, and house sparrows.
is the approximate amount of different bird species found worldwide.
Around 65 percent of all the bird species are found in tropical rain forests.
Bird droppings are known to carry over 40 known viruses
Numerous cities and areas in Southern California are designated as bird sanctuaries meaning that we must be prepared to share the airspace with birds here in our area.
Though not as unappealing as rodents, spiders, or bugs, a bird infestation in your home can cause property damage, expose you and your family to disease, and cost thousands in repair and maintenance costs.
The birds you are most likely to experience in your home are pigeons, seagulls, starlings, and house sparrows. Each differ in behavior and appearance and pose different hazards to your home.
Pigeons are perhaps the most common bird pests in developed and urbanized areas. Pigeon droppings around homes can be particularly dangerous because pigeon waste often dries out and becomes dust that can be sucked into air vents.
Inhalation of air contaminated by dust from pigeon droppings can be particularly harmful for those with respiratory sensitivities and immune deficiencies—particularly children and the elderly.
Seagulls don’t necessarily remain by the sea, but can be found several hundreds of miles inland. Seagulls are known to be particularly destructive and aggressive pests and are prone to attacking people. They also carry parasites and can spread disease to humans and other animals.
It is not uncommon to find starlings nesting around homes and flocking in large numbers. People often report seeing flocks of starlings as “clouds” of dark colored birds flying through the wind and making lots of noise. Because of the large numbers of their flocks, they leave copious amounts of droppings in the areas they travel through.
House sparrows are other birds known to nest around homes and residential buildings. House sparrows are small brown birds that do not necessarily travel in large flocks, but tend to return to the same nesting places year after year. If unchecked, a home can develop a sizeable sparrow infestation so much so that their numbers can begin to mimic that of starling flocks.
In general, birds roost on ledges and rooftops and perch on signs, posts, or alcoves. Once they’ve settled into a certain area, they build nests in just about any area large enough to perch in. Their nests can clog vents and gutters, pose a fire hazard near lights or electrical equipment, or dam water and cause potential flooding problems.
All birds produce droppings that are not only unsightly but present several other hazards and property risks of which you may not be aware. Some of the negative effects of the presence of bird droppings in your area include:
- Bird droppings are very acidic and can corrode and stain building materials such as stucco, paint, and others.
- Droppings are known to carry over 40 known viruses and 60 transmittable diseases and, the location of the droppings could be considered shared space or common area, and could be considered a violation of health and safety codes.
- Droppings are known to affect the aesthetics of residential homes and can negatively affect escrow appraisals or inspections.
- Some bird droppings can be slippery and could present a liability issue in areas considered to be shared space or common areas.
- Droppings can clog gutters and drains creating flooding and moisture intrusion problems.
- Droppings can proliferate the presence of bed bugs, chicken mites, mealworms, and other ectoparasites.
- Cleaning up of bird droppings can become overwhelmingly costly in the presence of an infestation that is unabated for too long.
When it comes to nuisance birds, the problem does not go away or get better over time. In fact, a bird infestation that goes unchecked is guaranteed to worsen over time because of birds’ natural nesting habits and instincts.
The longer birds are allowed to roost or nest in a certain area, the more difficult bird control becomes. Being proactive with bird control is key to keeping your home bird free and avoid unnecessary maintenance costs.
Accurate Termite and Pest Control offers humane bird control solutions designed to keep birds from making your property their home. All of our bird control programs employ the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques and focus on long-term prevention of pests while eliminating unnecessary adverse effects to the environment.
Responsible bird control programs should always consider surrounding birds or protected bird species that may be present in the area and should not present any adverse risks to them. Creating a bird control program that will be effective at ridding your home of nuisance or pest birds and is responsible in considering your family, pets, and environment, begins with a thorough inspection
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BIRD CONTROL INSPECTION
Perhaps arguably the most important piece of information that can shape effective bird control services is knowing the type(s) of birds infesting your home. Bird inspections can be tricky in that it is likely that at the time of your scheduled inspection, birds will not be present in the places where you usually see them roosting or nesting.
For that reason, information you can provide your technician will be key in helping them build the most effective and responsible bird control program possible.
Share as much information as possible including the locations where you notice birds nesting/roosting, the number of birds you notice, the time of day they roost/nest/fly, as well as a physical description of all the different species you see.
As much as possible, take pictures of the bird activity you see including their perching, nesting, flying, and droppings before the evidence is removed.
The images you take can greatly help your technician assess the level of the infestation, location of problematic nesting and roosting, and what services and products your home and infestation is best suited for.
EXPERT BIRD CONTROL SERVICES
Effective and responsible bird control programs almost always include strong elements of habitat modification. Bird habitat modification plans offer the best long term solutions and are often implemented without the use of any pesticides or synthetic products at all. Habitat modification techniques include the use of exclusion products, deterrents, and food source elimination.
Exclusion work is always humane and is designed to limit or eliminate access to protective shelter where birds are roosting or nesting. Bird exclusion products do not interact with the birds themselves and merely force the birds to find a different place to roost or nest to keep them from infesting your home.
Exclusion products include screens, netting material, or common building materials such as lumber or stucco. Exclusion methods and products are likely to yield the best results the quickest when it comes to moving birds away from your home.
Your technician will advise on exclusion methods and products based on the location and type of bird infestation in your home as well as the characteristics of your structure.
Bird deterrents are products designed to discourage bird roosting, nesting, or loafing in a specific area. While effective at limiting the ability of birds to use a certain area, they don’t typically move birds as far away from a structure as exclusion work can.
Whenever possible, deterrents should be considered supplemental techniques and products to an all-encompassing bird control program rather than the end all of your bird control program. Products designed to deter birds from loafing in a specific area include bird spikes, nets, wire, or electric tracks.
Eliminating or at least limiting the access to food and water that keeps birds near your home can help provide lasting bird control. Your technician may recommend exclusion techniques that may eliminate or limit access to food.
Your technician may recommend that you make changes in the way you store your garbage or the location where its kept.
Bird waste and bio-hazard clean-up will also be bid by your technician. Because bird waste is bio-waste, it must be cleaned and disposed of appropriately in order to not expose those around the contaminated area and those actually performing the cleanup. At times, a mite control service may be necessary in order to prevent the spread of mites into your home.
An Accurate Termite and Pest Control technician will be able to include necessary clean up and mite treatment as needed into your comprehensive bird control services.
BIRD CONTROL FOLLOW UP
When it comes to bird infestations, the best method of prevention is being proactive. Birds are airborne and it is unpredictable when or where they will find a suitable roosting point.
The best thing to do in order to prevent a bird infestation in your home is to act quickly. If you notice a pattern of just one bird perching, roosting, or loafing anywhere in your home, call Accurate Termite and Pest Control for bird control services and a free assessment.
If you live in an area known to have heavy bird traffic, or you know that neighboring homes or buildings are already experiencing bird infestations, you can help prevent an infestation from moving into your home by performing exclusion work in areas that provide birds with favorable nesting spots.
If you feel you live in an area conducive to bird infestations, be sure that any alcoves, open beams and rafters, and garbage areas are made inaccessible to a passing bird by proper exclusion or deterrent bird control services.