When it comes to nesting, birds are never fussy. They will nest anywhere that’s convenient for them, and this includes your roof. See, your home is an ideal habitat for bird pests, especially for seagulls and pigeons. This is because they have easy access to shelter, warmth, and food wastes to scavenge on.
Also, these birds have adapted to the urban environment, and they only need a tiny crevice or nook to start making their nests. So what happens if they nest in your home, and when will you need to call bird control Sydney services?
Bird pests can be a nuisance when they start to nest on your roof. Their droppings and nests can create quite a mess, and they smell bad too. Furthermore, their droppings can cause damages to your roofing material, guttering, outdoor wiring, and solar panels. But more importantly, birds can carry several diseases, which can put you and your family’s health at risk. These diseases can include the following:
- Avian chlamydiosis: A bacterial disease caused by breathing in dust containing dried droppings, feathers, saliva, and mucous from infected birds.
- Histoplasmosis: A respiratory disease caused by a fungus that grows in bird droppings of seagulls, starlings, pigeons, and sparrows. This disease can be fatal.
- Salmonella: This is a harmful bacteria usually carried by pigeons, starlings, and sparrows. This can lead to Parathyphoid fever and Salmonellosis.
- Cryptococcosis: This is a potentially fatal disease that can attack your central nervous system. It is caused by yeast from the intestinal tracts of starlings and pigeons.
These are just some of the most common diseases spread by birds, and there are more associated with them. Not to mention that their nests and roosting areas can be home to bird mites as well. They not only feed on birds, but they bite people as well. Thus, you must stop them from nesting on your roof. And here are some of the ways to do that.
You can install fake predators on your roof to scare some birds off. Just make sure to use specific statues that mimic your target’s natural predator. For instance, owls are great for scaring crows, sparrows, pigeons, and seagulls. For pigeons, songbirds, and turtle doves, you can try a falcon. And for magpies and other small birds, consider a raven.
You can try to install sound-based bird repellents or devices that play sounds in high-frequency to annoy birds and prevent them from creating nests in your home’s vicinity. These devices are designed especially for birds, and they can’t affect your dogs, cats, or other pets. They are also better options than playing sounds of predator animals as they won’t disturb your neighbors.
If birds don’t believe your chosen predator, you may need to step up your efforts and install electric pads on your roof. These devices can produce low-voltage electric shocks whenever birds land on them or sit close to them. Thus, effectively teaching them that your home is not a good place to land. However, for such a project, it may be best to leave it to bird control Sydney experts.
For birds, they keep returning to an area either because of a steady source of food, or they have already created a nest. Thus, you need to remove these from your home. Keep a close eye on intentional and unintentional food sources like open trash bins and throwing away bread to birds. On the other hand, in removing nests, you are advised by the City of Sydney to get help from licensed pest controllers. Just remember, the white ibis is protected under Australian law.
If you already notice any signs of birds nesting on your roof and these preventative steps don’t work, it’s time to seek professional bird control Sydney services. Remember, the longer you leave a bird infestation, the harder it is to get rid of them later on. So call Service Now Trades at 02-8511-0351 immediately, and we’ll solve your bird problem in no time.