Getting Rid of Pest Birds

For many people, their home is their greatest asset.  It provides shelter, equity, and sense of accomplishment so it is without surprise that most people will do whatever it takes to protect the value and aesthetic properties of their home.  Unfortunately, humans are not the only creatures who seek refuge in a house.  Pest birds such as pigeons and sparrows find most any house to be a suitable nesting location. Once a bird begins construction on a nest, it is next to impossible to get rid of them.  The solution: Solve the problem before it begins.  Factors such as disease and property damage further encourage homeowners to get rid of birds to avoid any potential problems.

Birds are very simple creatures but can present some complex problems when nesting on a home.  They will seek out any nook or crevice that will provide sufficient shelter.  They prefer to be near a food source, so it is always good to check and see if there is any available food.  If there is one, get rid of it.  This includes bird feeders, trash, pet food, etc.  Once birds have established a viable food source, there are very few things that will deter them.  After eliminating any potential food sources, getting rid of birds will be much easier.

When attempting to get rid of birds on a home there are three basic kinds of deterrents.  These include physical, visual, and sound deterrents.  Each different type of deterrent has its place in keeping a home “bird free”.  By examining these three types of deterrents, one will have a better understanding of how to get rid of birds on a home and hopefully avoid any potential problems.

First off, physical bird deterrents are always the best way to get rid of pest birds.  By completely blocking off they’re nesting or perching areas, it forces them elsewhere.  The most common types of physical bird deterrents are bird spikes and bird netting.  Of course, there are other types of physical deterrent, however the majority of the time either netting or bird spikes will do the trick.  To understand this, one must have an idea of where the most common nesting and perching areas are on a home.  Beginning with the top of the house, birds will often times perch on the roof peak of the structure and the chimney.  These areas are used more as a lookout post rather then a nesting area.  When encountering this, it is best to install bird spikes along the edges of the roof along with the chimney area.  Another option for this situation would be the application of Bird Gel.  Bird Gel is applied with a caulking gun and creates a sticky surface that pest birds can’t stand.

After discussing the potential damage pest birds can cause along with solutions, it is easy to see why household bird control is growing in popularity.  When it comes down to it, no person wants any animal defacing their home, especially when it comes with the risk of disease.  By getting rid of pest birds, one can ensure the aesthetics and equity of their home and more importantly the safety of those living there.

Bryan Donoho has been involved in the bird control industry for the last 7 years.

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