As the weather heats up, Australians can expect to see an influx of birds into their backyards and will need some helpful tips on effective bird control. Birds arenâ€™t always an unwelcome sight, but itâ€™s when these birds start invading your home and causing damage to your property that they become pests. According to Wikipedia, introduced species of bird which are considered pests in New South Wales include the Indian Mynah, the Common Starling, and Rock Pigeon (common pigeon). Birds arenâ€™t always a pest, in fact the Australian Kestrel is known for keeping pest problems under control. So when do the birds themselves become a problem?
There are several reasons why certain species of bird are considered pests in Australia. The Department of Agriculture and Food explains how in rural parts of the country, they cause damage to fruit, cereal and horticulture crops, as well as destroy native ecosystems. When they invade homes, they foul houses and infrastructure, transmit diseases, and cause a general nuisance to humans and our way of life.
In terms of your property, birds can cause serious damage. Take a look at the destructive forces of birds from BirdXâ€™s knowledge centre;
The corrosive effects of bird droppings can cause irreversible damage â€“ defacing rooftops, walkways, walls, vehicles and equipment. Bird droppings quickly turn to salt and ammonia; after rain, electrochemical reactions speed up the rusting process. These acidic droppings eat away at paint, concrete and metal, and can eventually cause structural failure.
Birds are destructive to property, equipment, and products. They interfere with operations in many ways, endangering themselves and workers â€“ pest birds entangle themselves in machinery, block ventilation ducts, cause fires, peck holes in roofing and utility poles, bring down power lines, and cause hazardous and even fatal aircraft bird strikes.
Spread of Diseases
Birds are known to carry over sixty transmissible diseases â€“ some potentially fatal. Bird droppings help to spread disease when fecal dust enters living areas or when someone enters contaminated spaces and starts breathing in fungal spores. These diseases can include bird lice, bed bugs, and several other viral infections.
Common areas for roosting within a building include down pipes, exposed ledges, window sills, verandahs, air-conditioning units, car parks and garages. Some birds nest in areas such as the guttering system and down pipes which then causes water overflow and moisture problems within the internal walls. Their faeces also reduces the normal flow of water in the guttering, causing corrosion in some types of metal guttering. Its a good idea to clean the bird droppings from your property, but be careful, as bird feces are one of the main transmitters of disease. Be sure to do the following when cleaning:
- Soak the bird droppings with water and then use a shovel, this will reduce the risk of inhalation. A high powered water hose is a good option.
- Collect the wet waste in heavy duty plastic bags and dispose of it carefully
- Be sure to wear protective clothing when cleaning
- After removing the bird droppings, wash your hands and any exposed skin thorough
- To get rid of the smell, use a mixture of ammonia or bleach to disinfect the area
So how can you avoid birds becoming a pest in your home or business? Check out these tips from Lane Cove Council:
- Donâ€™t leave food scraps or pet foods outside
- Ensure that rubbish bins and other potential food sources are covered
- Donâ€™t feed birds in your backyard!
- Block potential nest sites, such as holes in roofs or gutters and remove any nests you find in nest boxes or tree hollows on your property
- You should also ensure that you have self-closing doors and flyscreens
For more information on pest control for your home or business, get in touch with Forensic Pest.