Bain Pest Control’s bird control services and products are designed to effectively and humanely eliminate nuisance bird problems and prevent future issues. Every bird issue is different, and we create a custom solution for every customer. We take the time to evaluate your particular needs, your building/environment, and the species of bird causing the issue.
How to Get Rid of Birds
All of our bird control techniques fall under the following categories: bird baiting, habitat modifications, bird deterrents, and bird scare tactics. Based on a comprehensive evaluation of your property, we’ll create a bird management and control program using the right mix of approaches and products.
Bird deterrents, as the name implies, are products that deter or discourage birds from landing and nesting in/on your building. Bird deterrents include the following products:
- Bird Netting: bird netting service involves creating a barrier (netting) to keep birds out of areas in and around the target building.
- Bird Spikes: not as barbaric as it might first sound, bird spikes simply prevent birds from landing on the target building. They come in various sizes and materials.
- Bird Slope: by turning flat areas into sloping surfaces, birds will find it unpleasant (and impossible) to land and roost on the target building. Bird Slopes are discreet, installed and painted to match the look of the building.
- Electric Track System: installation of an electrified wire on the target building will teach birds not to land and nest in the area. The wire emits a low voltage shock when a bird comes in contact with it. The shock is comparable to what you might find with a dog’s electric fence or those used in cattle pastures.
Bird baiting refers to the use of a chemical frightening agent to disperse flocks of pest birds from buildings or other areas. A chemical frightening agent is a compound that, when ingested, causes the bird to sound the alarm to the rest of the flock that the location is unsafe.
While a high-level of bird bait may potentially cause some level or mortality–typically to birds that are already sick–a normal, low-level dose will only cause the bird to present distressing signals–alarm calls, erratic flying, etc–for a short period. Although these effects will end within a few hours of consumption, the distress signals are, ultimately, what will deter a flock from roosting on the building.
When bird bait is determined to be the most effective treatment solution, Bain Pest Control Service uses the utmost care to place only enough bait to effectively disperse the flock, and prevent/reduce mortality rates. You can rest assured, though, that if a bird should pass away, it will do so painlessly and without the risk of causing secondary poisoning to another animal that may consume it.
Bain Pest Control Service currently uses Avitrol Bird Baits. For more information on Avitrol, and its commitment to safe, effective bird control, please visit their website. You may also call us at 978-452-9621 to speak with one of our pest management professionals regarding the use and safety of our bird bait products.
Habitat Modifications & Exclusion
The first step in our bird control programs is assessing the building or area that is experiencing nuisance bird nesting and infestation. This is the bird’s current habitat. Habitat Modification is the process of turning the environment from one that currently attracts birds to one that they find uninviting, even repellent.
Habitat Modification can involve the use of bird deterrents (see above), but will also involve identifying and eliminating food sources, water sources, nesting material, sealing openings that offer a nesting area, etc. Combining some habitat modification with a bird deterrent, bird bait, or scare tactic is a great integrated pest management solution for any nuisance bird problem.
Bird Scare Tactics
Birds have a strong flight reaction when confronted with danger signals. Taking advantage of this natural skittishness, nuisance birds can be scattered and repelled from your building or area by simulating the sights and sounds of predators and other dangers. Some of the most common ways our bird control technicians will do this is by creating the appearance of raptor/birds of prey–i.e. the silhouettes of hawks & falcons–or using sound devices that will disturb birds from nesting.
Common Nuisance & Pest Birds
While several species of birds can create problems for home and business owners, the most common pest birds are pigeons, sparrows, and starlings.
Feral pigeons–descended from the rock dove, a native to Europe–are recognized as the top urban pest bird in cities and suburbs. Pigeons have adapted well to man-made environments and many building designs afford multiple areas to roost, perch, and nest. Typically inner city areas provide adequate food and water supply, however, pigeons will find a rural or undeveloped area within their flight range as well.
Pigeons are a public health concern by means of fouling and contaminating areas that people frequent. They are known carriers of disease, including ornithosis, encephalitis, histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella, as well as carriers of other disease vectors such as ticks, fleas, and northern fowl mites. In addition to these health concerns, pigeon droppings are acidic and can deface and accelerate the deterioration of statues and buildings.
- Height ~ 12.5 inches
- Wingspan ~ 28 inches
- Weight ~ 8 lbs
- White, black, gray, or brown with whitish rump, two black bars on secondary wings, and black band on the tail.
- Peak breeding season in spring and fall.
Starlings were introduced from Europe into North America in the late 1800’s. They are cavity nesting birds that feed and roost in flocks. They produce a characteristic rasping, squawking, or squeaking which is harsh and unpleasant.
Starling droppings, in rural and urban settings, cause health concerns with the most serious being fungal respiratory disease, histoplasmosis.
- Shorter bird, ~ 8 inches
- Short tail with dark plumage, blue or black.
- Black beak, sometimes with yellow in the fall
The house sparrow was introduced from England in the late 1800’s. The sparrow is at home in man-made urban environments. They roost in semi-protected areas both inside and on the outside of structures. A social bird, they nest in close proximity to one another in flocks. They typically stay within one-mile radius of the flock during nesting period and up to four miles for non-breeding adults.
Living in close proximity to humans, sparrows can disseminate disease and contaminate areas we frequent. Sparrows are known to carry diseases such as chlamydiosis, coccidiosis, salmonella, gastroenteritis, tuberculosis, encephalitis, and others.
- Shorter bird, ~ 5 to 6 inches
- Wingspan, ~ 9.5 inches
- Weight, < 1 lbs
- Thick bill
- Short wings and tail
- Males have a reddish back w/ a black bill
- Females are brown with a lighter eye-strip
Bird Control Experts
If you home or office is being negatively affected by pest birds, Bain Pest Control Service can help. Contact us today for a free estimate. We create individualized, custom programs based on your exact needs, and you can be assured we’re committed to using an approach that is both effective and low-impact, to keep people and the environment safe.