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If you have been outside and seen small, brown and black birds flitting from tree to tree, then you have likely seen sparrows. In North America sparrows are one of the most populous and numerous bird species around. They are highly social and they prefer to set up their nests in and around people, buildings and homes, which means if you have a run-in with a bird, it’s very likely a sparrow.
Sparrows are found around the world and they come in a number of sizes, shapes and colors. However, the American sparrow tends to be a mixture of white, black (or gray) and brown. They have short tails and very stubby, but powerful, beaks. They tend to socialize with other sparrows and congregate in flocks. They also like to nest in places like eaves, window sills and just about any other nook or cranny around your building or home that they can build a nest.
It’s this fearlessness around people, sharp beaks and willingness to set up their nests in and around homes and property that makes sparrows a pest.
If you feel that the sparrows around your home or property are a problem, call in the Ehrlich sparrow control experts. We’ll help you deal with the problem and prevent return infestations.
Sparrows are small, chubby birds with short tails and short beaks. They usually have brown feathers peppered with white spots on their back. Their chests are whitish-gray and they often have darker, stripes bisecting the throat and up over their beaks, and their wings will have stripes of lighter and darker colors, too. There are, of course, variations of this, but most sparrows are between four to seven inches in length. It is easy to confuse sparrows with some species of finches and they carry some of the same characteristics.
Sparrows are very social animals, especially the species in North America. They are part of the Passeridae family. That family is at least partially classified by the number and arrangement of their toes with two facing forward and one facing back, totaling three.
Sparrows are fond of eating seeds, so if there is a bird feeder around, then the birds you see are more than likely sparrows. In fact, sparrows have an extra bone in their tongue just to help them eat and carry seeds.
Sparrows use twigs, paper, garbage and debris to weave into nests. These nests can be found in window sills, ledges, crevices, corners, beneath air conditioner window units, in chimneys and just about any other place they can find the space. Sparrows are famously adaptable and some species currently in North America were transported here by sailors and settlers, where they quickly adapted.
Sparrows like to set up nests in places like A/C and HVAC units. They will also build nests in vents and other areas where dust, parasites and other things that can cause health problems can be sucked into structures and spread into the air. Debris from abandoned nests can end up inside HVAC units and create fire hazards.
Birds like sparrows often carry ticks, mites and other parasites that, given their nest-building habits, can transfer to people. Many of these parasites, such as ticks, carry diseases that can be dangerous, even life-threatening.
Sparrows use their strong beaks to create holes in wooden structures to assist in the building of nests. Although not quite as strong as a woodpecker, they can do significant damage to eaves, windows and roofs. Repairing structures around your property due to sparrow damage can end up costing you.
Ehrlich technicians can provide an assessment of your home and property to determine if there is a sparrow infestation. We can also determine where they are coming from, what is making them particularly attracted to your property and how to stop them. We remove the nests and birds that are already there and offer assistance and a plan to prevent sparrows from returning.
We will inspect your property and we are trained to find all of the nooks and crannies that sparrows use for their nests. Ehrlich technicians know how to remove the nests and birds safely and humanely and will provide you with a comprehensive plan to prevent them from returning. We have a number of deterrents available, depending on your needs and property, such as:
We will also advise you on what you can do with your property and around your home to make it less desirable for sparrows and other pest birds.
The first step is to use our online form or call 1-800-837-5520 to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained and licensed sparrow control specialists. We’ll be sure to get there promptly and help you get rid of sparrows and other pest birds around your home.