Just like any other pest, birds are always on the hunt for sources of food, water, and a place to sleep and mate. Birds also are known to gather and socialize, which is why it’s common to see several to many congregated on roofs. Even if you welcome the sight of birds, it’s necessary to understand the possible damage caused by birds to your property. Although it’s rare to get ill from direct contact, birds can transmit diseases through their droppings and also cause property damage.
Disease and illness caused by nesting birds
In addition to being unsightly, bird droppings can also cause a variety of serious health issues. The germs and parasites that birds can spread through excrement can cause over 60 different diseases and infections in humans, including Salmonella and E. coli infections. The Department of Public Health recommends wearing personal protective equipment, including a respirator outfitted with HEPA filters, when cleaning up old accumulations of droppings. For this reason, it’s best to call a professional pest control company who specializes in bird removal services and can carefully take care of any bird problems you may be experiencing.
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Property damage caused by birds
Nesting birds are capable of causing a lot of damage to any property. Some of the types of damage they can cause are as follows:
- Birds such as pigeons, starlings, and sparrows will roost in eaves, peck at shingles and siding, and eventually cause structural damage.
- A woodpecker damages a building even faster with its continual pecking, which can cause major destruction in a matter of minutes.
- Bird droppings also corrode expensive business equipment and materials like metal, concrete, and paint.
Professional bird exclusion services
To help protect your property from the damage and diseases birds bring, bird exclusion is the best method of control. One of the most popular methods is placing humane bird spikes in rows, which discourage birds from gathering or roosting on the roof. Other exclusion efforts include repellents and netting. That said, before eliminating or moving any birds or nests, it’s important to properly identify the species and potential dangers involved. When you call Ehrlich, a professional bird exclusion technician can identify the bird, examine the property for future problems, and set up proper exclusionary devices. Call us today to learn more!Back to Bird Control, Exclusion and Cleanup
Damage Caused by Birds in Virginia
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