Birds are one type of wildlife that many people enjoy. After all, the sight of a colorful bird is always a beauty to behold. Unfortunately, birds can become a nuisance when they decide to turn your property into their residence, and flocks of birds not only intimidate you but also leave behind droppings and carry parasites that are potentially dangerous to humans.
Currently, it is known that birds can carry over 60 different diseases that are transmissible to humans, and handling a bird or their droppings can expose you to these dangerous bacteria, fungi and viruses. Some birds, such as geese, can also exhibit aggression towards humans, especially if you approach their nest.
While dealing with a bird problem does get complicated, you can protect the safety of your family and guests by using these bird control strategies on your property.
Comply With the Laws
The first thing that you should be aware of is that bird control may not be as easy as simply removing a nest. Certain birds are protected by state and federal laws that regulate how and if they can be removed from your property.
For instance, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 gives federal protection to certain types of birds such as Canadian geese. You should also be aware that removing or destroying the nests of native species of birds such as the Mockingbird is also a federal crime.
While there are many species of birds that are protected, there are also regulations in place that allow certain ones to be removed under specific circumstances such as by obtaining a permit. Always consult with a bird control professional when you are unsure of the laws concerning the type of species on your property.
Install Nest Deterrents
Bird spikes are a common control strategy that prevents birds such as pigeons from finding a comfortable place to roost. These spikes are available in plastic and stainless steel materials, and you can install them on roofs, ledges and windowsills where birds tend to gather.
Birds also tend to build their nests in eaves and other spaces that have a cover. Consider installing netting along these areas to make it inaccessible to birds. This method works best for spaces that may not be possible to completely seal, and fine netting allows you to maintain aesthetics on your house's exterior.
Seal Entry Points
You may also find birds inside your property. For instance, a bird may find its way into the attic through a hole in the roof, or you may find birds nesting in your chimney if it is not properly screened.
Inspect your property for areas that should not be open for birds to get inside. Add screens to open vents, and consider adding mesh over the top of your chimney to keep birds out. Sealing the entry points also helps with other types of pest control on your property.
As you seal entry points, keep in mind that you never want to seal off an active nest since this could be illegal. Always make sure that nests are empty and there are no birds in the area before you practice exclusionary methods.
Try Using a Decoy
Birds are cautious about nesting where they believe predators are present, and you can use decoys to deter fowls from congregating on your property. Try adding an owl decoy to your garden, or place floating bird balls in your pond. Often, a little scare is all it takes to stop birds from making your property their home.
Our team at Maple Lane Pest Control knows how to handle bird infestations with humane methods that comply with all state and federal regulations. Give us a call to end your bird problem today.