The most common types of problematic birds are Pigeons, Starlings, and Sparrows. While one or two aren’t a problem, an entire flock within a small area can cause issues.
Pigeons have adapted incredibly well to metropolitan environments. The typical building design in such settings offers ample places not only for nesting, but roosting during the day. Consequently, what earns pigeons their designation of most bothersome bird pest in urban settings, is droppings.
Pigeon droppings deface statues, foul walkways and render fire escapes hazardous. In addition to defacing property, pigeon droppings are known to transmit more diseases than that of any other bird species, including encephalitis, histoplasmosis, toxoplasmosis, pseudo-tuerculosis, Newcastle disease and salmonella.
The noise from any large number of birds can be distracting, but in the case of Starlings, it’s almost deafening, which is the primary reason for their pest status. Nests can also create damage, particularly if they roost in appliances like air conditioners or dryer vents, especially bearing in mind that nesting materials are often highly flammable.
Like pigeons, Starlings’ droppings can deface signs, peel paint, and generally foul areas shared with humans, all of which is exacerbated by their vast numbers. Additionally, they too carry a number of dangerous diseases, some of which can end up in food stored in warehouses or packaging facilities.
Sparrows’ pest status essentially results from the same issues as those surrounding Pigeons and Starlings, messy nests and droppings. In addition to transmitting disease, a number of ectoparasites (specifically the northern fowl mite) are associated with Sparrows and their nests.
There are many products available for deterring birds from a particular structure. Consequently, an inspection to determine which product is best suited to your situation is crucial before beginning any service. We install all types of guard structures on roofs, ledges, or soffit spaces, designed to prevent birds from nesting and/or roosting.