PUBLISHED ON March 15th, 2012
Just yesterday, we heard the chirping of tiny, migratory birds in our backyard. They’re back! This time of year is a real joy for bird lovers across the Pacific Northwest – but we want to make sure you prevent your favorite pastime from becoming a problem.
Birds can, and do, settle into our homes if given the opportunity. They like to nest in small spaces in our buildings, including air vents that aren’t closed off. When they choose to nest in our home, they can be both noisy and damaging. If they choose to lay eggs, you can be stuck with the tiny cheeping at all hours of the morning (yes, even the weekend mornings). Their feces can make your home unappealing, they do damage to the wood, and they bring in other pests. That’s right – pests like bird mites, carpet beetles and flies follow quickly behind nesting birds. In fact, we often find that customers don’t realize they have a bird problem until they notice a constant stream of flies inside the home.
Birds such as woodpeckers and flickers can do extensive damage to your home. These animals have protected status, and so you may be unable to eliminate them without breaking local laws. We can apply materials such as shiny strips of mylar or “scary balloons” to your home to frighten the birds away – they often dislike these materials and will find another place to peck. Woodpeckers and flickers can often be attracted to homes with a current infestation of insects such as ants, so it’s important to check with a residential pest control technician to ensure that you don’t have additional problems.
What can you do to prevent other birds from nesting in your home? Your pest technician will let you know if they see a problem – it may require some additional exclusion work to ensure that they don’t re-enter your structure. We can also treat any secondary infestations you may have inherited with the nesting birds.
If you think you have a bird problem – give us a call here at 1.800.401.9935 and we’ll send your technician out to take a look. Our best piece of advice is – don’t wait until it’s too late and you have baby birds visiting all summer long.