Birds perched on or around your home or business are annoying, but they can be much more than a simple nuisance. Pest birds can cause serious damage to your property and spread disease to the people who come to your home or business. In Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, birds such as pigeons, European starlings, swallows, house finches, and house sparrows are known for causing issues for home and business owners. To protect your home or business from birds, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
Bird Damage to Homes and Businesses in Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania
Bird damage comes in many shapes and sizes. Birds are messy creatures and the areas near where they nest and perch are usually covered in droppings, feathers, and debris from nesting materials. Bird control experts at Bird Doctor explain bird droppings have a high pH level that can erode a variety of materials including wood, stone, and roofing materials. Droppings can also leave stains on sidewalks, decks, and stone walkways that are difficult or impossible to remove.
The activity of pest birds on and around your property can lead to damage. Bird Doctor’s bird control experts explain birds use a wide range of materials to build nests and will damage insulation, fabric, and any other useful materials they find around your property in order to build their nests. Large bird infestations can also put additional weight on the areas of your NJ, PA, MD, or DE home or business building where the pest birds spend their time and build their nests. Birds such as European starlings, pigeons, and swallows often build their nests in gutters, drains, and roof corners. The additional weight of the nests can cause damage to these areas. In addition, if the bird nests prevent proper drainage, it can lead to secondary damage, such as flooding around your Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland or Pennsylvania home or business explain the bird control experts at Bird Doctor.
Bird Disease Risk to Humans
Pest birds are capable of spreading disease and harmful parasites to humans and pets. There are more than 60 diseases and parasitic organisms that are known to be spread to humans by birds. People can get diseases such as Histoplasmosis from birds by breathing air that’s contaminated with infected bird droppings. Food that has been contaminated with bird-related bacteria can also spread disease. Touching infected bird droppings is another way that bird-related diseases can spread to humans.
One of the most well-known diseases that can be spread by birds is the Avian Influenza or bird flu. The bird flu can be spread to humans in a few different ways. Touching an infected bird or surfaces with infected droppings and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes can lead to the development of the disease. You can also get the bird flu by breathing in air that’s contaminated with the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a helpful infographic outlining the different ways you can become exposed to the bird flu.
Bird control experts at Bird Doctor explain birds are also known carriers of other types of annoying and harmful pests, such as mites and ticks. A bird infestation at your NJ, PA, MD, or DE home or business can put you, your family, pets, employees, and customers at an increased risk for developing problems with mites and ticks. Ticks can spread a number of diseases to humans, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and tularemia. Pest birds control experts like Bird Doctor can also help you control and treat the pests that typically come along with a bird infestation.
Pest Bird Control and Deterrent Efforts
The most effective option for removing birds from your property and keeping them away is to use deterrent efforts. Bird Doctor offers a long list of bird deterrent options, such as decoys, baits, spikes, netting, wires, nonlethal shocks, and noise devices. The deterrent options that work best for your home or business will be largely impacted by the bird pressure of the area. Bird pressure is a measurement that bird control experts, like Bird Doctor, use to determine how attractive an area is to birds as a nesting and perching spot. Determining the bird pressure in an area helps the bird control professionals at Bird Doctor decide what level of deterrent methods is necessary to remove the pest birds and keep them away. Using information about bird pressure to choose and apply deterrent efforts is part of the Integrated Pest Management approach used by Bird Doctor.
Protecting Your Home or Business From Bird Damage and Disease With Bird Doctor
Bird Doctor offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent bird damage and disease at your home or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. Our use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques focuses on finding the core of the pest concern and controlling bird damage and disease from the source. Through IPM, bird control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, pets, and the environment. Call Bird Doctor today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-825-1151 or schedule online today!