Pigeons: We see them everywhere. Walking on the street alongside you, perched above your favourite coffee shop, watching you from the top of a building… Everywhere you turn there’s that little bird. And if you are living in a large metropolis like Toronto or Vancouver, pigeons are nearly unavoidable.
But if you can avoid them, do. These seemingly harmless birds can have vast health effects on us. So let’s take a moment and explore how these little birds can do their damage.
Bird lovers would probably scoff at the idea of ridding your property of sparrows. While some people certainly find relaxation and comfort in observing bird behaviour, the reality is that sparrows are a non-native species to North America and they can threaten native species and also cause damage to your property. Indeed, sparrows are known to hunt other species of adult bird as well as their eggs, and sparrows will sometimes even destroy nests. Unfortunately, despite their aggression, sparrows are small birds and their populations can be very difficult to manage. Regardless of whether some people find sparrows attractive and interesting to watch, these birds are widespread and carry a range of parasites and germs as well. Due to their highly adaptive nature, they can survive in a range of environments; so how do you get rid of sparrows?
Spring has sprung, and summer is well on its way, so you know what that means: babies! And specifically at this time of year we deal with baby birds, including all of the nesting concerns that come with them. Business and building owners should be aware of this because rooftops, ledges, and roof soffits can be a prime target for birds to roost in, which can cause structural damage. Issues like these can be avoided with the right knowledge and expertise.
What comes along with birds are not just beautiful songs and early wake up calls, but bird droppings. Over time the build up can cause problems such as bird mites. These tiny bugs will irritate customers, tenants and employees. The mites float down in air currents landing on skin and clothing biting the host. The bird problem now becomes a compound one: the building manager or owner is dealing with the nuisance of the birds, the unpleasant sight of droppings, and the mites. Who wants to deal with that? Trying to handle this issue on your own can lead to:
Your attic makes an ideal habitat for many unwanted animals including rodents and birds. While any infestation should be dealt with, birds can pose a significant nuisance as they can contaminate your attic not only with noise but bacteria and parasites as well. Nesting birds in your attic can even cause damage to your property as they scavenge for items to build a nest. Still, the most serious risk of birds in your attic is associated with their droppings as they harbour parasites, bacteria, moulds, and even viruses that are harmful to humans.