Plunkett’s Pest Control offers Bird Management & Deterrent Solutions custom designed by our experienced bird management technicians. We use expert knowledge and understanding of bird behavior to address your particular bird problem and solve it with the least invasive, most effective methods.
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Why Birds Are Considered Pests
Like many other pests, birds are an important and desirable part of a healthy ecosystem. Plus, game birds, song birds and many other species add to the enjoyment of nature and outdoor recreation for millions of people in the U.S. and the world. Birds only become pests when they roost and nest in areas where their behavior and droppings pose a risk to human or animal health and damage property.
Common Bird Pests
The three birds that most often become pests in the United States are pigeons, starlings, and house sparrows. If you’ve ever tried to get rid of pigeons, you’re aware of just how difficult bird control and deterrent measures can be. Other birds, from geese, to hawks, to swallows, may also cause unexpected problems and require control.
When blackbirds and crows roost in suburban areas they also can become pests. Woodpeckers sometimes peck holes into building siding. Seagulls often take up residence at food processing facilities where their droppings can quickly destroy human and animal food products. Pigeons love to roost and nest on commercial buildings. Birds could do all kinds of damage to your home or business, including:
- Feeding on agricultural products
- Roosting or nesting around human habitations
- Destroying vegetation and contaminating foods
- Making disruptive noise
- Damaging property with droppings, odor and feathers
- Destroying historical structures and artifacts
- Exposing residents or employees to diseases or ectoparasites
- Creating unpleasant or hazardous working conditions
Are Birds Protected By Law?
Many bird species are protected by law and the laws determine what measures can be taken to manage them. Plunkett’s professionals know the regulations governing bird management and follow them to the letter.
What Kinds of Problems Do Birds Cause?
Birds roosting around your home or business can damage property, create unsanitary environments, and pose a health risk.
Bird droppings are unsanitary and tend to be toxic. A flock of birds that make your rooftop, attic, or chimney their home could damage your building’s finish, strip away paint and varnish, and make your yard or roof unsanitary, unattractive, and bad-smelling.
Bird droppings tend to be sticky and difficult to clean up. They can permanently stain concrete, wood, or shingled surfaces. When a flock of birds congregates in one place they can produce a lot of waste, which can be expensive to clean.
Many common bird species may also carry diseases, including histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis. Birds transmit diseases like these to humans through contact with feces, saliva, feathers, or skin or ingestion of food or water which came into contact with bird feces, saliva, feathers, or skin.
Pest birds, like geese, may become aggressive and lash out if they perceive a threat to their nests. Bird attacks rarely pose a serious threat, but they’re frightening and upsetting. Geese can be scary!
How Does Bird Control Work?
Exclusion, Not Extermination
The objective of Plunkett’s Bird Management Solutions is to remove birds from your property, not to kill them. Each step our technicians implement helps ensure effective, long-term exclusion of the target bird species without harming the birds or causing collateral damage to non-target species.
That’s why Plunkett’s technicians never use lethal bait and rely on mechanical traps or natural deterrents whenever possible. Not only is making your home unappealing to birds more humane than killing them, it’s more effective as well.
Why Does Plunkett’s Bird Control Program Work?
Like every other pest, the reason why birds infest certain areas is that they can get something they want and need there. Birds want to roost in areas that offer food, water, and shelter. Gulls fly around fast food restaurants because they can eat discarded food. Hawks nest in city buildings so they can hunt mice and other small pests.
By depriving birds of the resources that attract them to your property in the first place, we’re treating the cause of the infestation, not just the symptoms. By eliminating access points and attractants and replacing them with bird deterrents, we make your property unappealing to pest birds.
If you’re in Plunkett’s service area and have a bird problem you want taken care of quickly, effectively, safely, and permanently, give Plunkett’s a call today.