In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic issues that birds cause when they infest properties during the summer. While some summer birds are harmless and won’t infest an entire property in huge numbers, others pose potential property risks, particularly when they congregate in large swaths.
At A-1 Exterminators, we’re here to help with these and all related bird control solutions for those who have dealt with such issues on their property or are worried about these risks moving forward. We’re a proud supplier of Bird Barrier products, an industry leader in bird prevention for several common harmful types, including pigeons, woodpeckers and more. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few other potential issues posed by birds
Bacteria and Disease
Not only are many birds a nuisance and even a potential threat to your property, there are certain species that are known to carry and transmit diseases – including those that impact humans. Think about a bird like the pigeon, for instance, which is known to dig through trash regularly and also may carry harmful bacteria like salmonella in their droppings.
In these cases, you don’t even need to come into direct contact to potentially become ill. Most such droppings have fungal spores, which release particulates into the air. This is of particular concern in common situations where pigeons roost on property roofs, leading to particulates blowing through ventilation systems and getting people sick.
In other cases, certain smaller birds like sparrows, who are scavengers just like pigeons, may attempt to bring this habit into interior areas. This is because they’re small enough to fit into certain tiny gaps that might allow them access to your home, such as drainage pipes, eaves, roofs and ceilings.
And like pigeons, sparrow droppings are full of harmful bacteria and parasites. They also contain caustic materials that can strip paint, including on vehicles. And even further, sparrows are known to be extremely loud and annoying in large groups.
Window Impact Risks
Finally, there are several situations where unsuspecting birds will fly into glass windows and cause significant property damage, including even breaking windows entirely in some cases. While there are methods for avoiding this risk, such as closing blinds and curtains so birds don’t see a clear surface they assume they can fly through, these are not always perfect.
For this reason, it’s vital to ensure you have other protective methods like netting, screens or some of our other products. These will prevent such birds from ever coming close to windows on your property, much less impacting them.