Homeowners rarely think about birds when considering the types of pests that can plague their property. Some birds have the potential to cause serious property damage when they take up residence in or near your home.
Learn more about some common types of birds that can terrorize your home so that you will be prepared to combat these pests in the future.
Pigeons can be found in many urban and suburban settings. These birds have adapted to live off a diet of human food, so your trash cans might be attracting pigeons to your property.
A pigeon will build its nest anywhere it can find room. This includes any small openings in your home's attic or inside your chimney.
Pigeons can be particularly harmful pests because they are often carriers of fleas, ticks, lice, and mites. Pigeon droppings pose a risk to your family's health. These droppings are known to contain bacteria that could cause salmonella, histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis and toxoplasmosis in humans.
An experienced pest control specialist will be able to help you block off any potential nesting areas to keep pigeons away from your property.
European Starlings are considered an invasive species. These birds like to pick through garbage and will consume human foods when these items are made available to them.
Starlings can be a real threat to your property because these birds tend to travel in large flocks. The droppings left behind by Starlings have the potential to damage steel and other construction materials.
The best way to address a Starling problem is to prevent these birds from taking up residence on your property. Work with a pest control specialist to identify and eliminate all access holes in your eaves, gutters, chimney, and roof.
A pest control company can also recommend seed mixtures that Starlings don't find desirable to place in your bird feeders. Eliminating an easy food source will help drive Starlings away from your home.
Sparrows are relatively small birds, which allows them to squeeze through small openings in the exterior of your home. Sparrows like to nest in the safety of residential attics, underneath roof eaves, and inside exposed vents. Their nests can become a serious safety hazard for your home.
Sparrow droppings are highly acidic and have the potential to damage the paint on your car or home. You will also notice a reduction in the number of desirable songbirds on your property when you have a Sparrow problem, since these feisty little birds will fight off songbirds regularly.
A pest control specialist can help you remove any existing nests and eliminate future nesting areas.