There are all kinds of birds and most people probably don’t think about them as pests. However, if you have a business in an urban area, or you have a warehouse or some other business out in the country, it’s very possible you know the amount of lost inventory and damage birds can do. In fact, birds can be dangerous, contaminate food and cause other damage for which commercial properties will end up paying. This results in higher prices for everyone else.
Ehrlich Pest Control specialists are experts in bird deterrents such as bird netting, bird spikes, and other methods. However, you may be wondering why birds are considered pests, which species of bird are considered pests, and how bird deterrents can be used.
If you have noticed bird droppings, damage due to birds, bird nests where you don’t want them, or other problems, contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office to discuss bird deterrents for your business.
Species of pest birds
Of course, not all birds are pests. However, for commercial properties, certain birds come back again and again and can cause damage or be a risk to customers. Some of these are:
- Pigeons – the biggest problem most businesses, particularly those in urban areas, have to deal with are pigeons. If you’ve been to any major city, you’ve seen how pigeons can flock and the mess they leave behind. The biggest problem with pigeons is they love to be near places where humans consume or leave food, but they make such a huge mess with their droppings. The droppings are considered a health hazard once they dry and become airborne — not ideal for food consumption. Additionally, they make sidewalks and streets outside of stores and businesses slippery, opening business owners up to lawsuits from falls.
- Starlings – you’ve probably seen video or images of starlings because they’re the bird species that flocks at certain times of the year into massive clouds of birds that move as one in the air. The reason starlings are pests, however, is because they consume things like grains and make nests in places where they can contaminate stored foods. Starlings also create fire risks by filling up holes or vents in walls with nesting materials.
- Crows – crows are black birds, infamous for devouring grain. Scaring off these birds is precisely why farmers started creating and erecting scarecrows in cornfields. However, crows are resourceful and relentless. They can cause inventory loss not only to agricultural businesses like farms, but also grain storage facilities.
- Seagulls – contrary to popular belief, these birds are not just found near the ocean. They can be found anywhere where there is water including ponds, lakes, and rivers. Seagulls are also very interested in discarded food. But they aren’t picky. They have no qualms about swooping out of the sky to try and take food out of customer’s hands if you have, for example, an outdoor patio at your restaurant. They will nest near businesses and hover overhead, too, leaving droppings everywhere.
- Sparrows – almost every part of North America has sparrows. They come back to the same place to nest again and again. These birds love to eat grain and can do damage to vegetables, fruits, and other commercial farming crops. Sparrows will also aggressively defend their nests, which can be risky to employees and customers.
Types of bird deterrents
There are some solutions to preventing birds from nesting around your business. These methods deter birds from trying to nest and cause them to seek other places to build their nests. These methods include:
- Bird spikes – these are plastic or metal spikes which are places on rooftops, near business signs and other areas where birds have started to nest frequently. The spikes limit the space for birds to nest and make it uncomfortable for them to do so. Most bird species will just go elsewhere to try and build their nests instead of dealing with bird spikes.
- Bird netting – just what the name suggests. This is netting is strung around businesses to prevent birds from accessing the nooks and crannies where they like to build their nests. Birds want to build nests where they can lay eggs and not be disturbed. Netting will prevent birds from nesting.
- Electronic bird deterrents – these are bird deterrents also placed in areas where birds have shown a preference for nesting. These deterrents give very mild, non-fatal, electric shocks to deter birds from setting up their nests in those locations.
Ehrlich Pest Control commercial bird deterrents
To figure out which pest bird deterrent will work best for your business, contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office. We’ll be happy to discuss the types of birds you’re seeing, where you are seeing them, and the damage they are causing your business. Ehrlich will send bird specialists to your business and inspect the property to find where the birds are nesting and offer you the best solutions for your needs.