People generally like having birds around their homes, but when large numbers of these feathered beings take up residence – or build their nests on parts of your house – they swiftly become a highly undesirable presence. From chattering and flapping at four in the morning, to streaks of bird droppings down the walls and windows, to feathers and odours entering the house. Birds quickly wear out their welcome and make it necessary to seek out help from bird pest control professionals such as Nationwide Pest Control, who service Sydney and the greater metropolitan area.
Cockatoos, common mynas and seagulls are the most common avian visitors found living near human houses. Common mynas are a particularly severe problem in NSW as they are able to adapt to almost any urban or suburban environment with ease, often harming native bird populations in the process. Cockatoos are notorious for casually pecking away at timber surfaces on the exterior of many houses, and in large numbers can cause a great deal of damage. The ledges and other spaces of human buildings offer these birds either perching or nesting opportunities, while plants growing near them, as well as possible food garbage in some locations, offer the birds a food supply.
The risks of bird infestation
You should be aware of the dangers inherent in having birds living around your house or other buildings, so that you can better judge whether you need bird management services. Bird droppings are one of the biggest risks, and the more birds you have living near your home, the greater the chances that their faeces will damage your property or your health.
Bird droppings are highly acidic and eat away nearly any substance they land on. Many fine old statues in European cities have been irreparably defaced by pigeon droppings melting into their stone or bronze. Fittings on your house, masonry and paint can all be seriously damaged. Bird droppings also have a foul odour when they build up, and can make surfaces slippery underfoot if there are enough of them or if they have been moistened by a recent rain.
Although birds’ nests are frequently seen as symbols of warmth and cosiness, they are often foul lairs full of dried and partly dried droppings, dust from old faeces, and swarms of parasitic mites and other bloodsucking creatures. Your house can easily be infested with bird mites if abandoned nests are nearby.
The worst aspect of a bird infestation is the risk of disease. With their droppings spattered everywhere, birds can infect you with fungal lung diseases borne on faecal dust, bacteria which cause food poisoning if they are wafted to your kitchen by ventilation systems and dozens of other diseases which humans and their pets can easily catch.
Nationwide Pest Control can deal with all of your bird control needs. Speak to our friendly and professional staff for more information about our services.