Everybody loves to watch birds fly around, and it is always a treat to find a nest in your backyard tree. What do we do though when that nest is inside your house? That is when these amazing creatures become a pest.
Every year during the spring our office receives hundreds of calls for birds nesting inside attics, exhaust vents, on corbels, and nestled inside roof overhangs. These pest bird situations can be incredibly messy, noisy, and damaging to a structure, but they also can cause health issues including Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcus, Salmonella, and numerous other human 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 each customized bird control exclusion 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 to the same house year after year to nest. 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 1960’s and 1990’s 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. 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.