Birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty and Endangered Species Act. These feathered creatures are lovely and gentle species that make up an essential part of the ecological system. They play a vital role in keeping the balance of nature by eating insects and providing background music for your afternoon nap in the backyard hammock. Birds are a natural way to control pests in gardens, on farms, and at other sites.
But don't you know that some bird species are considered pests?
Bird pests can be extremely noisy and rowdy, spreading disease, causing damage, and doing so much more. Bird species such as pigeons, European starlings, and house sparrows are considered as nuisance pests. They are not federally protected against control, dispersal, or extermination. There are local ordinances as well that have been established to control bird pests in the locality. Some households resort to effective ways to address these bird pest problems.
Don’t know what to do about the pesky winged creatures? Keep reading for a solution!
Bird Pest Prevention
As always, prevention is better than cure. Before these bird pests start flocking and cause problems, what better way to do stop this than to come up with preventive measures? There are two things that you should take into consideration: the place where the bird pests might stay and the area where they look for food.
When it comes to the food source, you can do this by eliminating or at least reducing standing water and areas where pest birds can feed. You need to keep trash cans covered and areas as clean as possible. It’s a good idea to also clean your gutters to prevent standing water.
As per the ideal place for roosting, you can also prevent birds from perching by trimming trees. You can also add obstructions to ledges where pest birds might possibly rest and stay for shelter.
Bird Pest Intrusion
If your house has openings and provides ideal places where they can roost, chances are your house will be intruded with bird pests. Smaller pest birds can enter small openings. For instance, sparrows might get in through gaps as small as three-fourth inch while starlings might intrude through one-inch openings.
Given these possibilities, you have to ensure that you caulk or seal your home's small openings. You also need to block the vent, eave, and loft openings using plywood, one-fourth-inch wire mesh, or netting. You can make use of door strips to prevent bird entrance without completely closing off the entryway to people. These are some of the measures that you can resort to in order to avoid bird pest intrusion.
Bird Control Products
If your house is already a victim of bird pest infestation or you already see a number of bird pests snooping around your house, you can make use of bird control products to address the situation. There is a wide array of products that you can use to control bird pest. Here are some of them:
- Repellents - You can put sticky, non-toxic repellents that will shoo away bird pests and discourage them from landing and roosting.
- Traps - You can use live traps too such as funnel traps, automatic or trigger activated, nest boxes, decoys, and mists. Pest birds caught with these traps should be humanely exterminated while the good ones can be released.
- Netting - You can use nylon or plastic netting to the bottom of rafters. This will close off areas that birds might get attracted for nesting and roosting.
- Spikes or porcupine wire - You can also place spiky wires in areas in which the birds land and roost to keep these areas off-limits.
- Shooting - Shooting can be effective for flock reduction or dispersal as long as it is permitted. You have to make sure to seek permission first before doing so.
- Professional Control - If all else fail, you can take advantage of professional control of bird pest. You can contact a pest control professional who has the knowledge, expertise, and access to professional products.
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