Everybody loves to watch birds flying around their neighborhood, and it is always a treat to find a nest in your backyard tree. But what do we do when that nest is in your house? When birds decide to make their home inside your home, they can be a real pest, and cause serious issues for both you and the structure they nest in.
When Birds Become Pests
Every year during the spring, Rambo receives hundreds of calls for birds nesting in some inconvenient places. This includes some common/obvious locations, such as:
- In the attic
- Inside the dryer vent
- In the gutter
- Under the deck
- On the porch
- Inside hanging plant baskets
- Inside the chimney
But some birds can be quite creative, and have been known to make nests in places such as:
- Behind window shutters
- Underneath solar panels
- Underneath roof tiles
- Inside a damaged soffit
- Inside porch lights
Birds nesting in these situations can be incredibly messy, noisy, and damaging to a structure, but they also can cause health issues for you, including Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcus, Salmonella, and numerous other illnesses.
There are also a number of ectoparasites, or secondary insect pests, such as Mites, Dermestid Beetles, and stored product pests that can feed on these birds, or the organic matter they leave behind in their nests. These secondary pests can become significant problems inside the living area of a structure if the bird nesting is allowed to continue.
The Best Solution for Bird Control is Exclusion
Exclusion is the process of sealing up access points to prevent re-entry. We design our customized bird control process with the intent to keep birds from entering the existing access point, and also any other vulnerable places on the structure. Oftentimes, birds—especially Starlings—will return year after year to nest in the same house. If they are able to find or create an entry point in one area of a house, they almost certainly can make their way into any other similar areas on the same house.
Many houses built between the 1960s and 1990s have soffit vents (3 hole vents under the eaves) designed with screen door material stapled on the inside of those holes. Over time, that material weakens, and can be pecked through very easily by Starlings.
Take a look at this picture. You can see where our customer jammed a rock in the first active hole the birds were using, then the birds just pecked through the neighboring holes. Some companies will just seal up the active hole the birds are using, and call it a day. At Rambo, we choose to provide a higher level of service by sealing up all similar holes on a structure to make sure our clients never again have to deal with these bird issues in their home. Our exclusion work comes with a 5-year warranty but will typically last the life of the structure.