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Birds are one of nature’s greatest wonders. All you need to do to appreciate this is observe the extent of diversity among bird species as well as their elegance in flight. But with all these fascinating characteristics, birds can quickly become a nuisance when they roost on your house or property.
That’s right. Certain bird species have learned to take advantage of human settlements for food and shelter. These species are generally referred to as pest birds. Common examples of pest birds in California include the common starling, the American crow, woodpeckers, and pigeons, to name a few.
At A Team Services, we provide effective bird control for home and business owners in Los Angeles and Orange County California. Our control tactics have been honed over several years to achieve outstanding results for our clients.
In this post, we explore all you need to know about bird control: why having birds around is problematic and what you can do to keep them away.
Problems Caused By Birds
Birds may look harmless, but if given the chance, they can wreak great havoc. Here are some of the potential problems caused by birds:
Bird droppings are highly acidic. When their droppings land on the rooftops, or walkways, it accelerates the corrosion metals in these surfaces. The acidic content of their droppings can also peel off paint and sealants. If left to their vices, birds can cause irreparable damages to vital materials.
- Risk of diseases
Do you know that birds are carriers of several zoonotic diseases including avian tuberculosis, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, salmonellosis, and campylobacteriosis, among many others? Many of these diseases are potentially fatal if left untreated.
For instance, histoplasmosis is caused by inhaling a fungus found in bird droppings. This infection affects the lungs, which can result in breathing complications and even death if left untreated.
Industrial plants spend thousands of dollars to keep birds away because of the contamination they cause. Because of their ability to fly, they can easily gain access to feedstock and contaminate it with their urine and droppings.
- Crop theft
If you have succulent fruits in your garden, then you probably know how hard it is to keep birds away. They fly in and have their share of fruits before you get to enjoy them.
- Fire hazard
When birds get trapped in HVAC ducts or get entangled in equipment, they can clog components and result in fires.
If you have a flock of birds roosting on your property, then get ready to deal with a large amount of waste. As their droppings and urine accumulate, they begin to smell bad, thereby reducing your air quality.
Bird Control Process
Because of their ability to fly, birds have a special advantage over other nuisance wildlife. That’s why you need to outsmart them if you’re serious about getting rid of them. At A Team Services, we have devised a robust process that can be used to solve bird infestation problems. Here’s how it works:
Find out why they’re attracted.
Birds are attracted to properties for different reasons. They love roosting on the roof because of the elevation it provides, enabling them to easily assess their surroundings for threats. They are attracted to gardens because of the availability of fruits. Pigeons may be attracted to the attic because of the safety it provides.
After pinpointing why you have a bird infestation problem, you can then develop an effective strategy to keep them at bay.
Choose the right control tactic.
There are different kinds of bird control tactics. Here, we look at some of them and what situations they’re best suited for:
- Bird spikes
Bird spikes are plastic or metal thin rods with pointed edges used to create a no landing zone for birds. Spike humanely and efficiently creates an anti-perching, anti-roosting, anti-nesting area that even the most stubborn birds cannot dare land on.
Bird spikes are usually installed on narrow surfaces like signage, security cameras, ledges, light posts, above windows, and other elevated surfaces frequented by birds.
- Bird netting
Netting is used to create a semi-enclosed space in open areas, like the garden When you cover your garden with a bird net, birds will be denied access, but your plants will still be able to absorb the much-needed sunlight and water from the environment.
Bird netting comes in a variety of sizes and materials. The best one to choose is dependent on what bird species you’re trying to keep out.
- Ultrasonic devices
These devices emit irritating high pitch frequencies that make nuisance birds uncomfortable. Not to worry, the sound they emit cannot be heard by the human ears. Hence, you get to keep birds away while you maintain your quiet.
- Shock tracks
While shocking birds might sound cruel, the use of shock tracks is a humane and effective way to keep birds away. When birds land on surfaces covered with shock tracks, it delivers a mild electric shock. Thankfully, this shock is not enough to cause them harm, but it is high enough to send them packing.
Shock tracks can be discreetly laid on flat and curved surfaces like eaves, ledges, beams, rooflines, and parapet walls.
- Flash tapes
Reflective flash tapes can also be used to scare birds away. As the wind moves, the tapes reflect the sunlight haphazardly, which disorients approaching birds. As a result, they are compelled to avoid areas with flash tapes.
- Predator decoys
Decoys are usually predators of nuisance birds made from plastic. Examples of predator birds include owls and birds of prey like hawks. Having these decoys on your property scares off nuisance birds.
Note that with time, nuisance birds may realize that these decoys are just empty threats. That’s why you need to change their position from time to time to give the impression that they’re real.
Drones are high-tech pest control devices relatively new to the market. They are primarily used to keep birds away from industrial facilities. A drone’s threatening presence coupled with sound technology (usually playing recordings of predator noises) can fly autonomously to keep birds away from the defined premises.
Clean up, decontamination, and repairs
After you’ve gotten rid of nuisance birds, it’s time to clear their wastes. Ensure that you put on hand gloves and a face mask when clearing off bird droppings. The infected area should also be decontaminated. Damaged areas in the building should then be repaired to prevent further decline.
Bird Control is Not Easy Without Professional Help
Trying to get rid of nuisance birds on your own is time-consuming and can quickly become frustrating. Unfortunately, the longer you allow birds to roost on your property, the harder it becomes to get rid of them.
Why go through this stress when you can get a bird control expert involved? A Team Services provides customized bird control solutions for both commercial and residential properties. Contact us today to turn your property into a bird-free zone.