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What are sparrows?

Two species of sparrows are considered pests in Hawaii, although the two could not be more different from each other.

English sparrow or House sparrow (Passer domenticus)

The English sparrow was introduced to Hawaii in 1871 from New Zealand. Considered the most common bird in the world, these birds are aggressive and messy! The male English sparrow is brown with a distinct dark grey crown and black patches around its eyes, where the female is a much more plain looking brown bird, streaked with grey.

Java sparrow (Padda oryzivora)

This invasive bird is actually considered threatened in its native Indonesia. It was introduced to Hawaii in 1867 and has flourished here, making its homes in our attics. It also is a common pet, although ownership is banned in many other states due to fear that it will impact local agriculture. It is a common pest of rice and grain fields, and has a relatively large clutch of up to 8 eggs! This is compared to the other species of pest birds, which generally do not have more than two eggs in any one clutch. Java sparrows are easily identified by the grey backs and wings with pink underbellies, black hood with white cheeks, and its thick red beak.

Why do I have them?

Sparrows 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 sparrows to nest and roost in and around homes in Hawaii are eaves, overhangs, gutters and drainage pipes. These birds are not picky either, they eat just about everything so food is easy for them to find.

Are sparrows dangerous?

Most sparrow dangers are related to their nesting and feeding habits. They are very social, nesting and congregating in large numbers, making them a considerable nuisance and often cause unsanitary or odorous conditions. Droppings can kill off or damage ornamental plant life and damage finishes on vehicles. Sparrows are also a factor in the spread of several diseases such as chlamydiosis, New Castle disease, salmonellosis, toxoplasmosis and transmissible gastroenteritis. They also carry parasites, insects, fleas, mites and fowl ticks.

How do I get rid of sparrows?

Effectively getting rid of sparrows can be difficult and often involves a variety of bird control methods including exclusion and deterrent techniques like baiting, netting and trapping. Professional bird control technicians, like the ones employed by Sandwich Isle have the equipment and knowledge to safely deter sparrows from your property.

Can I get rid of sparrows myself?

It is possible to get rid of sparrows on your own, but it may not be a good idea. Many do-it-yourself, store-bought deterrents and exclusion methods are simply not effective. Hawaii bird control is best left to the professionals. Time and time again we are called to help homeowners after they have spent a great deal of time and money trying unsuccessfully to remove or deter birds from their property on their own.

Is the treatment safe?

Sandwich Isle pest professionals use a combination of safe and humane products to get rid of your pest bird problem such as exclusion devices and humane trapping.

How soon can you get here?

Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions is committed helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond to your sparrow problem the same or very next day.

What is the warranty?

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.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Sparrow problems can be difficult to prevent so many of our customers choose to continue pest bird service to ensure sparrows, pigeons and other pest birds stay away from their home or business.

Where does Sandwich Isle service?

We provide bird control in Honolulu, Pearl City, Kailua, and all of Oahu, as well as parts of the Big Island. Contact us today for more information.