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Wild birds can be fun to watch outdoors, but quickly become a problem around homes and businesses. These pests can attract insects, destroy building materials and spread diseases such as salmonella and West Nile virus. In fact, a recent research study found that 92% of wild sparrows tested positive for salmonella. Birds often feed in high-risk areas for salmonella, spreading the disease on their feet and bodies when they walk across outdoor dining tables and other spots. Bird droppings severely compromise the aesthetics of a building, stain and corrode building materials and attract unwanted pests including mites. Bird droppings are especially destructive to indoor pools or spas. Birds’ nesting material can attract beetles and create safety hazards by increasing the risk of a fire inside the walls.
The DC region hosts a variety of bird species ranging from tiny hummingbirds to massive vultures, although home owners most often deal with sparrows, finches, starlings, pigeons and woodpeckers. Finches in particular have a high chance of ending up indoors because, like us, they prefer to have a roof over their heads.
It is usually easy to tell if you have a bird problem in your home. Even if you do not see the birds, you may see (or smell) bird droppings or hear loud chirping. You may even find a nest. Signs of a woodpecker problem include loud knocking on the side of the building. Woodpeckers are known to feed on wood siding that is infested with beetles, ants or other pests, and will knock on metal siding to attract females during mating season.
Birds are most likely to seek shelter in your home in the spring, when they look for a place to build their nests and lay eggs. In the wild, birds nest in trees or on elevated ledges to keep their eggs stay safe from predators on the ground level. Unfortunately, sometimes that elevated ledge is near your front door or, as is often the case in warehouses and other businesses, in the rafters. Birds often nest in bathroom exhaust fan vents on the exteriors of homes. In many cases the first signs of a bird problem are mites or beetles that make their way through the vent from the nest into the bathroom.
The longer a bird nest goes undisturbed, the harder it is to drive the birds away. It is dangerous to attempt to remove the bird without help. Birds have strong beaks and may attack if they feel threatened. If you find a bird in your building, it is best to contact a professional wildlife removal service.
The Connor’s team understands birds and uses humane strategies to displace nests and encourage birds to relocate elsewhere, away from your property. To prevent the birds from returning, we use exclusion and deterrent techniques to make your home less appealing. If the birds leave damage or droppings behind, our team will sanitize the area and can even make any needed repairs.