Bird Trapping & Removal
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Inspecting for Birds
Before you start trying to get rid of birds, you'll need to do a bird inspection. Walking around the property and performing a thorough inspection will give you some good information when it comes to excluding or trapping birds. Look for signs of bird damage and parts of your home or commercial space that may allow birds to enter. Broken siding, loose fascia board, and damaged attic vents will allow birds to enter the property and begin setting up their nest.
Start your inspection outside in the yard, and move to the interior space and attic next. If you have pigeons in the attic, it will be very apparent. Inspecting the inside of your attic will allow you to use any available daylight to find holes near the edge of your roof or in the paneling and shingles above.
When you have a bird infestation in your home, attic, or office, you're going to find their feces in the area around the nest. It's important you know how to clean pigeon poop and the excrement of other birds if you are cleaning up after a bird removal or exclusion.
Damage Birds Can Cause
Some of the most destructive birds are woodpeckers, for obvious reasons. If you are interested in keeping woodpeckers away, read some of our articles about woodpeckers and woodpecker removal. Pigeons can also be as destructive, but moreso with their waste than with pecking. Birds rarely find themselves trapped in walls, but are very comfortable in garages with old, dusty shelving mounted high on the walls, and attics. These semi-isolated areas make good homes to them, away from predators and sheltered from the elements. If you have birds in your home and want to get birds out of the house ASAP, we recommend you contact a wildlife removal specialist that contracts bird removals and exclusions.
Bird trapping can be extremely dangerous and should be done by trained, licensed, and insured professionals. If you attempt to trap any type of nuisance bird or invasive bird species on your own, make sure that you are taking the necessary precautions and using up to date safety gear.
Pigeons are extremely adaptable birds and will settle in the busiest, noisiest urban settings, or feel right at home nested near a suburban development. These creatures are not good to have as neighbors or housemates because of their propensity to transmit diseases like salmonella. If you are in need of a pigeon trapping, contact your local wildlife management professional today to solve your pigeon problem, or read our articles about trapping and cleaning up bird feces.
DIY Bird Removal
Pigeons and other birds can find their way into the strangest places on your property, so do a thorough inspection of any space that you believe pigeons or other birds may be nesting in. After making a list of all inspected areas and what you've found, turn your attention towards windows that stay open, garbage cans without lids, and exterior damage that may allow birds to enter your property. Make repairs to both your home and habits, and then begin making a plan to get rid of pigeons.
Getting Rid of Pigeons
The only way to guarantee that your bird problem will be solved is to hire a professional service with a money-back guarantee. If you feel up to the challenge yourself, take the proper safety precautions regarding bird control. Make sure you have lung, eye, and skin protection before getting near pigeons or their feces. You have several options when it comes to getting rid of this invasive species. While we always recommend exclusion as the first option, in some places it may be legal to kill pigeons with avicide (bird poison), or firearms. Before you do either, consult with local Fish & Game and law enforcement to see if it is safe to use poison or discharge firearms in your local area for the hunting of pigeons.
Cleaning Pigeon Poop
It's extremely important that you take the proper precautions in cleaning up pigeon droppings. There are several diseases associated with pigeon poop, and your safey and the safety of your family are the most important factors.
Repellents and Fumigants for Birds
Repellents and other chemical-based bird removal products are easily found in home improvement or hardware stores and have been known to work in some cases instead of a bird removal or exclusion. Read our articles about bird exclusion and pigeon repellents and find out which solution is right for you.
Plastic Owl Decoys
Some homeowners prefer the DIY approach to solving their bird problems, and will purchase a plastic owl from a home supply store. This is usually good for keeping a few birds out of the yard, but no match for several birds and a nest in or near the home.
How to Keep Vultures Away
The most common type of buzzards, or vultures, are the turkey vultures. It may be of comfort to know that their feces can actually kill the bacteria left behind in other bird species' feces. But then again, who wants bird droppings all over their home?
These birds love to stick together and are highly communal in nature. If you have one turkey vulture, you're likely to have several more in the area, and they will share food with one another. As you can imagine, it's quite difficult to keep vultures away for this reason.
Because these birds eat dead animals, most states, counties, and cities will have laws protecting them from different types of removal and extermination. Check with local Wildlife Services and Law Enforcement regarding the rules and regulations for turkey vultures before you start a removal or extermination.
Birds in Your Home
Your outdoor living space will probably be home to several different bird species. Birds like to nest in places high off the ground to keep themselves and their offspring away from predators. Birds nest on nearby power lines, in trees, atop screened-in porches, and underneath eaves of your home. When ebirds start to set up nests in your attic, garage, or outdoor storage space, it may be cause for concern. One of the most common birds to invade homes and businesses is the common pigeon. Our team of experts is called upon often to assist home and business owners with pigeon removal.
Birds in the Yard
The presence of birds in the yard is not always a bad thing. Predatory birds can either eat or frighten away invasive rodent species that may cause damage to your home. However, there are some nuisance species that you should be careful of, and some that will cause quite a ruckus, like the woodpecker. If you are being awakened to the deafening sound of a woodpecker hammering at a tree, telephone pole, or even youir home, contact one of our trained experts who knows how to trap a woodpecker and ensure that you are not bothered by the woodpecker again.
Invasive Bird Species
Invasive bird species can wander into your yard and cause all kinds of nuisances. If you have dogs, cats, or other household pests, the presence of these fowl can startle your pets.
The Muscovy duck comes from Mexico, Central, and South America, but has migrated to some parts of Florida and Texas in the United States. They are a black and white color and the males are larger than the females. Muscovy ducks have been classified as a nuisance wildlife animal by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is not legal in most states to capture and release these ducks on property other than the property on which they were captured. However, these birds may be humanely euthanized depending upon local regulations.
Canadian geese can be found in still, fresh bodies of water in the United States. These geese are wild and will have a brown body and and black feathers from the neck up. They primarily eat foliage but have been known to eat small fish on occasion. In most states, nuisance Canadian geese that do not respond to non-lethal removal and exclusion methods can be humanely euthanized or hunted in-season. Check local regulations before operating traps or hunting Canadian geese.
Although they are not native to the United States, starlings have been introduced to North America and have put down roots here. They are a small to medium sized bird and will have brightly colored feathers that are pleasing to look at. Starlings often cause a nuisance as they are very vocal birds. Some starlings have even shown the ability to mimic patterns of sirens and human speech. For starling removal, contact your local bird removal specialists.