PUBLISHED ON March 7th, 2012
Bird watching can be fun, but discovering that birds have taken over part of your home isn’t. As wonderful as many bird species are, some are downright pests that beg for food, mess up your yard, make nests in your chimney and steal treats from your garden. Since some birds are federally protected, the best way prevent and control the pests is by bird proofing your home. The following is a look at the problems with bird control Seattle homeowners commonly face, as well as bird deterrent methods for avoiding them.
When it comes to bird control, Seattle residents often deal with starlings, barn swallows, seagulls and pigeons. Having wild birds around your home is a problem because, in addition to ruining its aesthetic appeal, the uric acids in bird feces can corrode and weaken roofs and structures. Nests and their debris can clog gutters and cause moisture leaks in your home. Nests that clog chimneys or any other types of ventilation pose fire hazards and can make your home smell bad. Moreover, birds can introduce viruses, fungus, parasites and bacteria into your home. There are at least 60 known diseases that birds can transmit to humans.
There is more than one type of humane bird deterrent; evaluating your situation can help you choose the best one. Types of bird blocks include:
Architectural modifications. The installation of spikes to prevent roosting is one of the most common bird proofing modifications made to homes. Homeowners often install spikes along the tops of the roof, overhangs, ledges, eaves and other possible landing sites, such as pipes. Most bird-repelling spikes require only a silicone adhesive and a clean surface for installation.
Some homeowners also install wire mesh or other types of materials onto lap siding, over chimneys, gutters and on small openings around the home that birds may see as a potential nesting site. Before installing bird deterrents in these areas, make sure that doing so will not affect the safety of your home or cause water damage.
Bird netting. Netting is a good solution for your garden. The soft mesh does not harm your plants, but it keeps your berries, fruits and vegetables out of a bird’s reach. Simply place the netting over or around your plants.
Repellants. Base your bird-repellant purchasing decision on the type of problem bird. Repellants can include items that look, smell, taste or sound displeasing. For example, repellants that emit an odor may be ideal for deterring birds that may nest in your home, while those that taste bad can keep birds from pecking at the siding.
If these DIY methods prove ineffective for bird control, Seattle residents should contact a local pest control company for help. A professional can tell you which bird blocks will work best for your situation.