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Humans and birds, while occupying the same urban and rural spaces, can often create problems for each other. Whether a swift has taken up residence in the chimney, or a woodpecker has begun to drill holes into your porch, it’s important to consider the potential complications when attempting to control bird issues or populations. There are a number of protected birds under legal protection, which is why it’s always best to enlist the help of a professional pest control company who can help you take care of the problem carefully.
Common protected birds
When it comes to protected birds, most people assume that implicates rare species such as the American Bald Eagle or the Blue-footed Booby. Few realize that federally-protected species exist in their cities and even right in their backyard. Some of the common birds you might be surprised to learn are under legal protection include:
- Wading birds
- Birds of prey
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Migratory birds are protected by law
When dealing with a difficult bird problem, it’s vital to first identify the bird in question, and then to research any laws that might restrict or penalize the actions required for treatment. Not only can criminal charges result, but the long-term consequences of capturing, removing, or harming migratory birds can cause long-term devastation. The list of birds listed above, as well as all other birds classified as Migratory, are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Unless someone obtains a special permit or is allowed under certain regulations, no one is allowed to do any of the following to native migratory birds:
- Capture, hunt, pursue, or kill
- Offer to sell, or sell
- Purchase or barter
- Transport, deliver, or export
- Receive or import
Professional protected bird removal services
In the specific instances that birds become a nuisance, become destructive, or become a health threat, landowners may be able to obtain a permit for their removal. In other instances, an experienced pest control professional can provide ways to keep birds away without harm. The laws protecting migratory birds are complex and serious. A licensed professional such as those at Connor’s Termite and Pest Control can provide a humane and environmentally-conscious solution of treating your bird problem effectively.Back to Bird Control – Exclusion and Cleanup
Protected Birds in Virginia
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