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On Oahu, pest birds are a major problem for property owners as they are responsible for millions of dollars in damages each year. Pest birds in Hawaii include pigeons and doves, sparrows, and other pest birds, including mynah birds and chickens.
Red jungle fowl (Gallus gallus) - AKA “Chickens”
Feral chickens are a symbol of Hawaii. But what many people do not know is the ancient Polynesians actually brought Red jungle fowl to the islands more than 700 years ago. They are technically the same species as the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus), but look very different. Unfortunately, the true Red jungle fowl has largely interbred with domestic chickens making pure-bred Red jungle fowl hard to find. Nevertheless, feral chickens continue to plague Hawaiian homes, signaling their presence with early morning crowing, leaving behind droppings and driving pet dogs up the wall. The males are easily identified by their long, brilliant iridescent tails, whereas the females are colored to blend in with their surroundings, allowing them to hide with their chicks.
Common mynah bird (Acridotheres tristis tristis)
The common Mynah bird is, pound for pound, one of the most aggressive birds in the world. It is the only bird in Hawaii to be on IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) “100 worst invasive species list”. This bird was introduced to Hawaii in 1865 in an effort to control cutworms and armyworms in Hawaiian Sugar Cane fields. It has a brown body with a reddish brown belly and a black head with a yellow patch around its eyes. Often found in pairs, this highly aggressive and territorial bird is also highly intelligent and can be trained to mimic human speech.
Mynah birds and chickens as well as other pest birds on Oahu seek out nesting and roosting sites that offer them protection and that is close to sources of heat, food and water. The most common places for pest birds to nest and roost are eaves, overhangs, gutters and drainage pipes.
Mynah birds and feral chickens are extremely dirty. They are capable of causing disease and damages. Bird droppings are known to cause slips and falls, as well as corroding many structures and statues. Mynah birds often build nests inside attics, which they access through attic vents. Once baby birds have fledged and left the nest, the bird mites remaining in the nest often move into the living areas of the house while seeking a host to feed on. Feral chickens can invade neighborhoods causing excessive noise at all hours of the day and severely damage lawns and gardens through excessive scratching.
Getting rid of pest birds can be difficult and often involves a variety of methods including exclusion and deterrent techniques including baiting, netting and trapping. Professional bird control technicians, like the ones employed by Sandwich Isle, have the equipment and knowledge to safely deter birds from your property.
Although it is possible to do it yourself, it may not be a good idea to try and get rid of pest birds on your own. Many do-it-yourself deterrent and exclusion methods are simply not effective. Hawaii bird control is best left to the professionals. We are often called in to help homeowners after they have spent a great deal of time and money trying unsuccessfully to remove or deter birds from their property themselves.
Sandwich Isle pest professionals use a combination of safe and humane products to get rid of your pest bird problem such as exclusion devices, humane trapping and Ovocontrol birth control programs.
Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions is committed helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
All of our bird control on Oahu are warrantied, exclusion warranties are usually five years or more, however, the benefits and effectiveness often outlives the warranty.
Many pest bird problems can be difficult to prevent so most of our customers choose to continue pest bird service to ensure mynah birds and other pest birds stay away from their home or business.