5 Humane Tips to Help Keep Birds Away
By FullScope Pest Control
Most everyone loves birds. But they can be unwelcome nuisances, for sure, especially when they invade your home or business.
Pest control (including bird control for the likes of pigeons, gulls, and other pest birds) can feel like a never-ending, losing battle . . . dealing with their acidic droppings, with the bacteria and disease they bring with them, as well as with their disruptive territorial behaviors and destructive habits. Birds can be real pills!
Bird invasion problems may require a call to a professional bird control service if the problem gets out of hand. On the bright side, there are some things you can do to help keep birds away from your property. Following are just some of the humane things you can do to keep your home or business bird-free.
What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Birds?
Regarding pest control, most home and business owners have just about enough on their hands keeping their areas free from common pests such as ants, roaches, rats, mice, etc. Most don’t take into consideration what a hassle birds can cause, and how much cost it can occur (especially to repair damages caused by pest birds). Make sure you do everything you can to prevent bird damage in a timely manner. Depending on the size of your home or business, birds can end up costing you into the thousands of dollars each year in maintenance and repair costs.
How Do You Control a Bird Infestation?
Start by conducting regular thorough inspections of your home or business, looking closely for evidence of bird damage. Keep an eye out for nests in high, tucked away places, as well. In particular, keep an close eye on the roof, the A/C unit and ventilation systems, the raingutters, etc. The sooner you address any potential problems, the better. Especially if there are health risks involved.
Here are a few tips to help you keep birds away humanely. You can keep your home or business free of them, and still remain on good terms with your feathered friends.
1, Removing Food Sources
As with all pests, removing the source of what the pests are after (food, water, shelter) is the quickest and easiest prevention method (bird exclusion). Without your knowing, there may already be things that birds love to eat all over your property.
Identifying the birds you’re dealing with is critical, so you know what to watch out for. Some birds eat plants, some eat grains, some eat fruits and vegetables, some eat bug pests, like flies, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, etc. Birds of prey tend to seek out smaller birds, poultry, and small animals like squirrels, rodents, and raccoons.
Also take note of where the birds are often congregating around your property. Chances are there’s a food source nearby.
Install netting to prevent bird access to berry bushes and fruit trees. Install bug zappers around your property if your birds like the taste of bugs (or use an environmentally friendly pesticide). Keep lids on your garbage to keep birds and the other pests they hunt (squirrels, rats, raccoons, etc.) far away.
- Bird-repelling Kites
If prevention is the best medicine, then your best move is to divert birds away from your property altogether. How about by doing it the old fashioned way? Don’t ever underestimate the power of a “scarecrow.”
Bird-repelling kites (especially those that are constructed to look like birds of prey), set up on a windy day, will guard over your property, and keep the birds scared away form a distance. Birds won’t dare risk flying anywhere even close to it.
Birds near and far will steer clear of your property.
Ultrasonic Bird-Repelling Devices
Another low-maintenance, humane way of keeping birds at a distance from your deck, garden, patio, pool, etc., is to install an ultrasonic bird-repelling device. You won’t hear them (your pets might), and they’ll work non-stop to repel those petty birds.
- Motion-Activated Sprinklers
One super effective way of keeping your property bird-free is to install a motion-activated sprinkler.
As you’ve likely noticed, birds are nervous, skittish creatures that will take off at even a hint of danger. Whenever you surprise them with a sudden burst of water, your bird pests will fly away to safer pastures.
The motion activation feature in the sprinklers will keep your water bill down, too, as it will only go into action when birds are nearby to trip the sensors. Keep the sensors tilted skyward to be able to detect incoming bird pests.
- Calling a Professional
Even with all the preventive methods you might put into place to keep away any kind of pest, sometimes their sheer numbers are enough to invade and overwhelm. This is when you want to call in a professional bird control service.
As you can see, there are plenty of steps you can take yourself, but for more serious problems, calling a professional will be much more cost effective. Contact a professional pest control service that has the expertise necessary to get rid of birds whenever you first start to see any signs of a bird infestation (damage, nests, droppings, bird activity, etc.). This can help you deter expensive damage by getting a handle on things early on. Call our Texas pest control experts today at 832-898-0190 for a consultation. Or email us at [email protected]. We can quickly help you get your bird problem under control, as well as other expensive pest problems plaguing your home or business.