Birds are an important part of our natural environment, playing a key role in seed dispersal, plant pollination, and even pest removal. But they can make their way into buildings causing structural damage, noise and lots of poop.
The most effective method of bird control is prevention. But sometimes you have to take a more direct approach.
- Salmonellosis often occurs as “food poisoning” and can be traced to pigeons, starlings and sparrows. The disease bacteria are found in bird droppings; dust from droppings can be sucked through ventilators and air conditioners, contaminating food and cooking surfaces in restaurants, homes and food processing plants.
- Histoplasmosis is a respiratory disease that may be fatal. It results from a fungus growing in dried bird droppings.
- Cryptococcosis is caused by yeast found in the intestinal tract of pigeons and starlings. The illness often begins as a pulmonary disease and may later affect the central nervous system. Since attics, cupolas, ledges, schools, offices, warehouses, mills, barns, park buildings, signs, etc. are typical roosting and nesting sites, the fungus is apt to found in these areas.
- St. Louis Encephalitis, an inflammation of the nervous system, usually causes drowsiness, headache and fever. It may even result in paralysis, coma or death. St. Louis encephalitis occurs in all age groups, but is especially fatal to persons over age 60. The disease is spread by mosquitoes which have fed on infected house sparrow, pigeons and house finches carrying the Group B virus responsible for St. Louis encephalitis.
- Inspection: Every bird removal begins with a thorough inspection of the area.
- Bird Removal and Control: After identifying the bird species, we may start by physically removing the species in question. In rescue situations, such as chimneys or basements, birds may be released if the entrance has been secured properly. Occasionally, live traps will be used, especially if flocks of birds are involved. For persistent birds and larger flocks, several advanced techniques may be applied simultaneously including spikes, mylar tape, scare tactics…
- Prevention: Once the bird or nest has been successfully removed we will seal openings or apply caps to prevent reentry. Then cleanup and sanitize the area.