It’s a pretty strange thing hearing birds being classified as pests; more so if you only encounter them in the wild where they appear to be these beautiful and majestic creatures. This classification would, however, feel justified if a flock of birds invaded your property. That’s because when birds congregate where they’re not desired, they can – and often will – cause serious damage to property in addition to being a plain old nuisance to have around. In this regard they are similar to possums.
Without realising it, your home or business premises could become the perfect habitat for pest birds. And when a pest bird infestation takes root, the once small problem could turn into a huge one that’s more difficult to get rid of.
A stitch in time saves nine
The key to controlling a pest bird problem, similar to any other pest infestation, is early diagnosis and quick remedying. A pest problem that is diagnosed early is easy to control as the population of the pest in question (birds in this case) has not yet risen to difficult-to-manage levels. This not only makes control easier but also minimises the damage being inflicted by the pest.
To catch an infestation as early as possible, you will need to know the kind of signs to look out for as well as where to look for them. While some bird infestation signs are quite obvious and easy to spot, there’re others that are a bit obscure requiring you to look more keenly to spot them. These signs include:
Birds on your property
This sign is one of the obvious ones. Whether it be gulls, pigeons or starlings, you’ll probably be able to spot several birds hanging around your property. If you notice birds around your property, keep an eye on them to see whether they’ll move away on their own or whether their numbers will keep increasing. A bird number that seems to be growing is a clear indication of a bird problem. Check trees, your roof and other structures around your home for birds.
Bird poop is not only messy but can also cause a lot of damage to your property due to its acidic nature. The poop could also spread diseases to humans or cause slip and fall accidents when stepped on. Check around your property and your roof for bird droppings as this is a clear sign of a bird infestation.
Damaged roof and eaves
The aim of most birds is to create nests where they can lay their eggs. They prefer out-of-the-way places such as your roof and eaves. Birds could tear holes in your building’s roof or widen cracks in corners and eaves to create a suitable spot for their nests. Check these areas regularly for damage.
A nest is the equivalent of a house to a bird. Most birds will make their nests from straw, twigs, leaves and feathers. Check for nests on your roof, eaves, ledges, guttering, chimney stacks, balcony, attic/loft and in cracks and vents. You should also check in the trees on or near your property.
Birds are noisy – especially when they gather in large number. This sign is hard to miss as their racket could cause great disturbance. Listen for bird noises coming from outside and in your attic as this is a clear sign of a bird infestation.
Damaged plants and gardens
Invading birds will sometimes get into your garden where they’ll cause damage to your plants and/or your produce. Check for signs of bird damage in your garden as this could be indicative of a pest bird problem.
Bird nest remains and feathers
Nesting materials and bird feathers will often come loose and find their way into your gutters and drainage systems. This could cause water damage to your roof and building. Check your drains for these materials to prevent clogging and to catch any bird infestations.
If you happen to find any or several of these signs on your property, then there is a very high likelihood that you have a pest bird problem. Take measures to control the problem immediately before the issue escalates.