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How to get rid of birds

Certain species of birds can create concerns for people when they inhabit an area in close proximity to residential or commercial properties. Bird droppings and nesting material can create many health and safety concerns, considerable loss of product, plus an increase in maintenance costs.

Birds not federally protected in the U.S

All birds are federally protected except for pigeons, starlings and sparrows.

  • Pigeons - They nest all year long on buildings, under bridges, eaves, downspouts, attics and any area that will provide them with protection. They do not migrate in the winter to warmer climates but are able to adjust their diet to food scraps, or anything they can find.

  • Common european starlings - They will nest during the spring and summer in void areas where they build large nests. In the winter they leave their nests and assemble as large flocks and move together to feed on seeds and grains. They roost overnight as a flock and move into parks, malls, and trees that will accommodate the entire flock for the night.

  • English house sparrows - They will nest in the spring and summer by stuffing their nesting material into small nooks and gaps in siding, signs, awnings and anything the right size to support their nesting material. As a result of all this activity, significant accumulations of nesting material, droppings and debris can be found in these locations.

Common federally protected bird pests

These birds are considered invasive species and compete with our domestic birds for food and space. 

Although these are the three most common bird pests that are encountered, other birds can also be a concern such as: 

  • Woodpeckers: These birds cause much damage to wooden siding in homes 
  • Seagulls: They commonly roost and nest on large open rooftop areas 
  • Geese: They graze on golf courses and nest in nearby pond communities 
  • Turkey vultures: These birds are increasingly making their presence known throughout residential communities 
  • Swallows: These birds will nest in eaves of properties 
  • Crows: These common birds are known to attacking trash cans and dumpsters

Tips for getting rid of pest birds

Once you have some idea of what birds are looking for, you can do things that will make your property less attractive to them. For example:

  • Clean up debris - Birds love areas that are littered with paper, plant debris, weeds, grass, twigs and other things they can easily pick up and use for their nests. Keeping areas near your buildings or home can make your property less attractive and more likely the birds will go elsewhere

  • Lock up food - If you often throw away food in garbage bags or use garbage cans that have either no lids or unsecure lids, then you may want to change those habits. Make sure food waste is locked up tight and sealed up to prevent birds from getting at it.

  • Remove access points - Birds can use ledges, window sills, cracks in wood, eaves and holes in the roof to build their nests. By adding deterrents, sealing up holes and making those places less attractive to birds, you can stop them from using them as nesting places.

Ehrlich’s deterrent methods

Ehrlich bird control specialists are trained to find and remove pest birds and provide you with options to prevent their return. Ehrlich uses the latest, most humane methods to prevent birds from returning. These include:

  • Bird spikes - eliminate those spaces that birds like to use to build nets on eaves, ledges and roofs. Most species of bird will find somewhere else to nest.

  • Bird netting - placed over areas where birds can become a problem. Birds will not have access to the ground or the areas to build nests or cause problems for people using the property.

  • Bird wire systems - these are close relatives to bird netting, but instead of fabric nets these are metal wire systems.

  • Electronic bird deterrents - administer a mild shock to birds trying to nest in the area. The shock is low level and will deter the bird without causing serious harm.

Contact Ehrlich for bird control today

An Ehrlich technician can discuss all of our removal and deterrent solutions. We can also offer advice on how to make your property less attractive to pest birds and how you can prevent them from causing damage.

Call 1-800-837-5520 or use our online form to schedule an appointment today. We’ll help you with your bird problem fast and provide a reliable solution.

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