Birds can be quiet entertaining when they fly and hop around your yard and in the trees. Some even keep them as pets. But when you have to deal with their roosting and pooping at your home or place of business, the excitement quickly wears off. Wild birds pose significant health risks with their droppings and can carry mites that are dangerous to humans. In addition, birds can be very stubborn when it comes to leaving attics once they’ve made their nest. Professional pest control is the only way to get rid of birds in a humane and effective way.
The most common types of birds that interfere with the lives of Oahu residents are pigeons, mynah birds, and sparrows.
Did you know the common pigeon is actually a type of dove called a “rock dove”? These names can be used interchangeably to describe the birds most known for walking around city streets while pooping on the sides of buildings and parking lots. They are easily identified by the gray and greenish purple iridescent plumage and bright orange feet.
Mynah birds, also referred to as Indian mynahs, are large nuisance birds that are dark brown with a black head, yellow beak, and yellow coloring around its eye. They build nests wherever they can find an opening, even on manmade surfaces like drain pipes, air conditioners, shallow ledges of buildings and homes, and in attics. Traveling in flocks, these noisy birds are bothersome when they come into contact with residential properties.
House sparrows and java sparrows are common invaders for residents in Oahu. They are tiny birds that some keep as pets. However, both species of sparrow live in the wild in Hawaii, coming into contact with humans on a regular basis. These tiny birds are notorious for nesting in attics in large numbers, making them especially challenging to deal with on your own.
Why do I have birds in my attic?
Enclosed spaces such as attics (the most common), crawl spaces, vents, and chimneys are popular places for bird nesting within residential homes. Birds such as pigeons and sparrows enter attics through broken vents, windows, and gaps. Attics provide a space that is protected against predators and the elements. Once inside, they lay eggs and raise their young, staying for several months on end. Even when the birds leave the roost, an unrepaired entry point can lead to nesting from additional birds in the area.
For commercial property owners, ledges, signs, vents, and light fixtures are problem areas for bird nesting. With spaces that are easily perched upon or conducive for nesting, birds can live.
Should I be worried about birds nesting in my attic?
Birds can introduce a wealth of diseases to otherwise healthy humans. Pigeons that carry bacterial infections can spread illnesses such as E. coli, food poisoning, histoplasmosis, pigeon mites, and candidiasis. When large amounts of pigeon droppings aren’t cleaned up, they solidify into a powdery substance that can be carried by the wind. Humans can unknowingly inhale these miniscule particles, leading to possible health complications. In commercial settings, excessive bird droppings can cause slip and fall hazards for your staff and customers. Droppings that are splattered all over your building and parking lot are unsightly and disgusting to look at. It’s needless to say that you should call Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions to bird-proof your businesses as soon as possible.
How can I prevent birds from getting into my attic?
Preventing birds is as simple as sealing up potential entry points. By repairing torn window screens, replacing broken or old vents, sealing holes, and repairing vulnerabilities in your roof, you’ll be blocking possible bird entry points.
If you have birds nesting in your attic, give Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions a call for professional bird removal and control services. Call us or fill out the contact form on this page to schedule an inspection!