Pest birds such as pigeons, starlings, and swallows can cause some serious problems at your home or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland or Delaware. Large groups of these pest birds perched on your roof-line at home or the entrance of your business can make getting inside a hazardous task. Pest birds are messy creatures and will leave droppings, feathers, and debris from their nest scattered around the area where they are perched, explain the bird control experts at Bird Doctor. No one wants to risk getting hit with bird droppings every time they try to walk in or out of your front door. To protect your home or business from birds, you need to learn about the behavior of these pest birds, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
Types of Pest Birds That Can Be a Nuisance to Home and Business Owners
In the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware several types of birds can become a nuisance. Examples of birds that can be a nuisance in this part of the country include pigeons, the European starling, the barn swallow, house finches, and house sparrows. All of these pest birds are found in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware and most of them can also be found throughout the United States. The bird control experts at Bird Doctor explain these pest birds will always be a threat to your home or business because they are constantly searching for food, water, and a place to build their nests. Thomas, Bird Doctor’s Branch Manager explains there is no way to eliminate the presence of these birds in your area but you can take steps to deter them from nesting and perching, on or near your property.
Problems Pest Birds Can Cause for Home and Business Owners
The list of problems that birds can cause for home and business owners ranges from annoying to dangerous. Birds that have decided to settle down on your home or business can create incessant noise that can impact your ability to concentrate at work or relax at home. The droppings, feathers, and other debris that birds leave around the area where they are perched can make the outside of your New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware home or business look messy and unappealing. Birds that build nests and perch on your home or business can also cause damage to the property over time.
The bird control experts at Bird Doctor explain birds are also capable of spreading disease, fleas, ticks, and parasites to humans and other animals. The avian flu can be spread to humans who breathe in contaminated air or touch surfaces contaminated with bird droppings. A large bird infestation around your home or business can put everyone who walks through the infested area at risk. The Centers for Disease Control created an infographic to describe how the avian flu can be spread from birds to humans.
Steps Home and Business Owners Can Take to Help with Preventing Pest Birds
The professionals at Bird Doctor say the first step in preventing a pest bird infestation at your home or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware is to remove any elements that are attracting them to your property. As with any other type of pest, birds are looking for a place that provides access to food, water, and shelter. Eliminating nearby food sources or making them more difficult to access will help significantly with bird control. Our own Bird Doctor manager, Thomas says, for example, many of the birds that cause problems in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware are opportunistic eaters which mean that they will happily feed off of the trash available near your property. Something as simple as putting a lid on your trashcan can help with bird control. Removing water sources around your property can also help with preventing birds. The bird control experts at Bird Doctor explain, standing water in clogged gutters or puddles nearby can be enough to allow the bird to stay on your home or building.
Nuisance birds can be persistent in their efforts to create their home on, in, or near your house or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware. If your bird prevention efforts are not enough to keep these pests away then you should consider bird deterrents. Bird deterrents might include several types of devices and tactics designed to keep birds from perching or nesting on your property. Bird Doctor, division of Viking Pest Control offers bird deterrents such as baits, spikes, netting, electronic sensors, wires, noise devices, and non-lethal shocks to ensure birds do not cause problems at your home or business. The best bird deterrent for your situation will depend on several factors including the type of bird, the bird pressure and the area of your home or business where they are causing problems. The bird control experts at Bird Doctor will assess your situation and recommend the combination of humane bird deterrent options that will provide you with effective and long-lasting results.
Bird netting is used for the total exclusion of all types of birds. With proper installation, no birds can penetrate the netting. Net is ideal for loading docks, courtyards, under bridges, under highways and on balconies.
Because pest birds vary in size, bird net is available in different mesh sizes for different birds. For example, 3/4” mesh for sparrows and swallows, 1-1/8” mesh for starlings, 2” mesh for pigeons. Obviously, smaller birds can penetrate larger mesh nets, so care must be taken to identify the pest birds correctly.
Bird net is comprised of six monofilaments, each 12/1000” thick with U.V. stabilizers added. Monofilaments are twisted together to produce a strong twine with 160-200 twists per meter providing an ISO 1806 protocol mesh tested in excess of 40 lbs. Net is waterproof, rot proof and warrantied for up to ten years for black ¾” net.
Bird spikes are a good deterrent for larger birds on ledges, such as pigeons and seagulls. Not suitable for smaller birds like sparrows, where nests can be easily created in between spikes. Stainless steel spikes that are rust free are recommended over plastic spikes, which can break and crack. Spike is available in a variety of widths and can be installed to deter larger bird roosting. Spike is a minimum of 40 spikes per foot in linear array with “no gap” center spike and non-staggered design.
BIRD FLAT TRACK
There are numerous types of electric-shock systems on the market. This is a solar powered or 110 volts hard-wired, low-profile system that cannot be seen from ground level. Applications are great for ledges, rooflines, parapet ledges on Retail store signs, landmark buildings, and monuments.
Flat track is a 1-1/2” wide rubber base with two (2) strips of Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel, knitted wire mesh sewn into the top of the strip for easy installation and maximum adhesion. Installation is quick and when installed properly is a very effective deterrent for all size birds.
BIRD PIN AND WIRE
Bird wire systems also called pin and wire, or post and wire are effective for larger birds such as pigeons and seagulls. Effective for ledges, rooflines, parapet ledges, pipes and conduits, a 3 to 5-inch post is installed by drilling into the substrate or mounting a hard plastic based. Stainless steel wire is mounted using a tensions spring at one end to absorb the shock of birds trying to land. Birds will not land on an obstructed surface.
Bird Slope/Slide is an anti-perching, anti-roosting, deterrent that is effective against all types of birds. Each section is 4’ long, 7” wide and can be extended for deeper ledges. The slope is made of a UV protected outdoor grade PVC and can be glued down to most surfaces.
BIRD SPIDERS / DADDY LONG LEG, WIRE DETERRENTS
Spiders are effective for parapet ledges, light poles and small landing areas. Many spiders rotate in the wind and confuse birds with the movement as well as the physical deterrent. Spider wire is stainless steel and will not rust or deteriorate in outdoor installations. If mounted on patio block, spiders can be moved to other areas if birds migrate to another ledge.
Mist nets are a fine mesh net hung from i-beams or rafters designed to trap small birds. Laser light is used to move birds from roosting areas and drive toward the nets. Birds are removed from the net and released.
Hire Bird Doctor, a Division of Viking Pest to Help Control Birds
Bird Doctor offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent pest birds from invading 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 pest birds from the source. Through IPM, pest 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!