Birds are direct descendants of dinosaurs and closely related to reptiles. Common pest birds include pigeons, crows, woodpeckers, and geese, which all reside in areas throughout much of the U.S.
Pest birds reside in areas throughout most of the contiguous U.S. and parts of Alaska and Hawaii, especially in areas with sufficient food sources.
The food sources of pest birds vary by species. Some pest birds, like Canada Geese, eat primarily short grasses found in manicured lawns. Woodpeckers enjoy eating insects. In the wild, pigeons eat fruits, nuts, and seeds; feral animals mostly feed on human food waste and handouts. Like woodpeckers, crows primarily eat insects, including grubs, worms, and caterpillars. Crows also scavenge for your leftovers in suburban and urban areas.
Most birds live and thrive in large flocks. Birds lay eggs in nests that are high and out of reach of predators. Depending on the species, female birds may lay as many as seven eggs per mating period, or “clutch,” with pigeons laying the fewest and crows and geese laying the most. Birds generally lay multiple clutches every year, which results in the potential for dozens more birds. Pigeons live three to four years on average in cities and suburban areas, while rural or wild pigeons may reach 14 or 15 years old. Geese often live up to 20 years, while woodpeckers live around 5 to 10.
Birds usually travel in groups. Alarming numbers of birds in a single area for more than a short period of time usually indicates infestation. Large quantities of discarded feathers often signal nearby nests. Canada geese and pigeons, in particular, leave behind vast amounts of bird poop, and other species of pest birds behave in much the same way. Identification of bird poop regularly points to nesting and the likelihood of infestation.
Birds present serious health threats to people and can cause structural damage to homes. Pigeons alone carry significant amounts of hazardous pathogens, including salmonella, encephalitis, and histoplasmosis. Birds also feed on and damage crops, plants, and lawns in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Additional problems caused by pest birds include the unsightly accumulation of poop. The larger Canada goose may attack small children or pets if provoked and even unprovoked. Birds may also build nests in the eaves of houses and remove pieces of siding and/or shingling to complete the habitats. Woodpeckers notoriously bore holes in sheds and other wood-sided structures.
The most telltale signs of infestation include visible nests in undesired areas, large accumulations of bird droppings, feather debris from moltings, and the unusually prevalent presence of birds for long durations of time. Holes in walls, missing siding, or regular unwanted contact with birds also indicate pest bird infestations.
Regularly cleaning the eaves or other areas of standing structures that birds may find suitable for living like attics often reduces the likelihood of bird infestations. Some species rely on humans for food. Refrain from feeding birds known to depend on people for scraps to lower the chances of other birds flocking to the area for the same hospitality. Birds usually congregate in large numbers and typically communicate newfound sources of food to one another, For more information Click Here.
You need to check your federal, state, and local laws governing the protection of certain species and the ethics of pest removal before you begin getting rid of birds in your attic. Popular and acceptable methods of removing birds from unwanted areas include hunting and making noises. However, local ordinances regarding hunting practices and noise levels may limit options to certain times of the year, if at all. Removing potential food sources remains the most widely practiced method of getting rid pest birds from an area. Additionally, homeowners with small ponds or similar outdoor water sources may want to let the surrounding grasses grow tall, as some bird species find overgrown areas undesirable and ultimately migrate elsewhere.
Bird damage to your home starts with the obvious: bird poop. Feathers and unpleasant odors can also be an issue, as can unwanted noise – especially if birds create nests in your attic or eaves. In some cases, birds may feed on vegetation in the yard, and they have the potential to spread diseases or parasites.
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