Birds can be a very charming aspect of our natural environment; however, that beauty can easily be marred by large populations of pest birds that disturb our peace, spread disease and damage property and home with their droppings. Some of the commonest pest bird species in Australia are pigeons, European Starlings and house sparrows and we at Forensic Pest Control provide customised bird control solutions for these species.
Why are these birds considered to be pests?
Pigeons, European starlings and house sparrows are considered pests because:
- They don’t have too many natural predators which means their populations can grow at an amazing pace
- They can carry & transmit diseases such as salmonella, toxoplasmosis, and encephalitis.
- Breathing in the air around their droppings can cause other diseases such as cryptococcosis and histoplasmosis.
- Bird droppings can cause a considerable amount of deterioration and damage to vehicles and structures.
- Bird nests can also cause electrical outage, clog pipes and gutters and attract a number of secondary insect pests, including slugs, mites, gnats and mealy bugs.
How to prevent a pest bird infestation
There are number of ways in which property owners can control house sparrows, starlings and pigeons; and a combination of methods would have to be used to methodically reduce, eliminate and prevent the infestation. Some of the steps you can take include:
- Reduce as much as possible or eliminate standing water in spaces where pest birds can feed.
- Never try to feed these birds.
- Keep all outdoor areas clean and garbage bins covered.
- Trim large trees away from your home or commercial building; prune ones that seem to attract pest bird roosting.
- Add deterrent fixtures such as sticky glues and spikes on the ledges where these birds are seen roosting.
- Clean out guttering and downspouts to prevent water from accumulating.
- If you find that these pest birds are feeding on water and food in bird feeders that have been set out for desirable birds, switch the type of food used.
- If you find that the bird infestation is too severe, remove the feeders during warm weather entirely.
- Seal or caulk openings through which any smaller pest birds like sparrows can enter. These birds can easily enter through gaps that are as small as ¾”; and starlings can enter indoor spaces through 1” openings.
- Block eaves, loft openings and vents with netting, 1/4-inch wire mesh or plywood.
- Clear plastic door strips (hung from door frames) can also prevent the birds from entering without entirely closing off the entry ways to people.
If you find that these methods aren’t helping, or if the infestation is too severe, simply contact us without delay. We are the experts that can handle all types of pest control tasks and provide iron-clad guarantees for our work. We also conduct detailed follow up inspections and can address any new infestations that may have erupted over time. For all types of pest control solutions, call Forensic Pest Control on -1300 360 457. This online form can be used to send across queries.