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Dealing with Feathered Pests: Bird Control Tips

Written by Jimmy Rustling

People think of house pests, mainly focusing on insects and rodents. Birds often get a pass since many consider them welcome guests, and the birds don’t go into houses. However, some birds can damage a home’s exterior even if they only stay outside. Leaving them alone will result in a lot of potential danger and risks. The three main culprits are pigeons, starlings, and house sparrows. All of them can build nests that can damage the roof and also be potential sources of diseases. Bird droppings can potentially cause accidents if someone is not careful. Here are some tips if you are facing an invasion of these unwanted birds.

Call In a pro

The easiest and simplest approach to solving pest birds is contacting professionals like those from Doncaster pest control services to control an infestation, or there is already one. The pest control experts will come in and do all the hard work. They usually start by surveying the property and identifying the birds that need to be removed. The pest control service will then make sure their extermination will be legal. Many local governments have laws against trapping or killing birds, which will require some paperwork. Leave this to the professionals as they have the experience and expertise.

Eliminate roosting areas

With the unwelcome birds gone, it will be up to you to prevent them from coming back. The first step is eliminating any roosting areas on your property. These are the places where birds can rest and make a nest. Two types of roosting areas are available. Natural roosting areas are trees with sheltered branches or even dense bushes. Giving a simple trim can eliminate these places. Then there are artificial roosting areas. Usually, these are locations on the roof that provide shelter, like ledges. Removing them or placing some netting to prevent birds from landing can help.

Stop feeding the birds

Birds will come to your home if you keep feeding them. While bird feeders are nice, limit using them during colder weather. Spring and summer feeders attract too many birds. Also, it would help to eliminate watering areas where birds can get water. Roof gutters that hold water and pots can be potential water sources, so moving them out can be a good move.

Apply repellents

You can also place some bird repellent in the right places. Some aren’t even toxic. For example, putting aluminium foil in roosting areas will prevent birds from getting a good grip to land. Baking soda also makes it difficult for birds to rest since they don’t like the powdery feeling. You can also install predator decoys to frighten away birds.

Final thoughts

Birds can be great if they stay away from your main house and if you take some precautions. Be observant about what feathered visitors you have so you can respond appropriately. Urban birds can also be big nuisances as they pester anyone human for food. Heed the advice above to ensure you won’t have any trouble with them.

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Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.