Specific Threats Caused By Birds on Your Roof

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For certain understandable reasons, some home or property owners may struggle to understand why preventing large quantities of bird nesting and similar behavior on your property is important. Most birds seem friendly and harmless, after all, and they almost never interact negatively with humans, so why are they a concern? 

At A-1 Exterminators, we’ll help answer this question for many of our clients — before they experience a bird infestation of any kind on their property. We offer the very best bird control services in Utah, including both Bird Barrier and Avitrol solutions, to keep you protected year-round. While it’s true that birds are generally not aggressive toward humans and may seem friendly enough, the reality is that they can create several major damage issues on your property — and your roof is one of the key areas where this may take place. Here are some of the specific threats birds pose to your roof and related parts of your property, helping illustrate why a bird infestation is definitely a serious concern.

Leaking and Clogging Gutters

One of the single most common types of damage caused by birds on your roof is to your gutters. In short, birds will often make nests in gutters or other areas where they can easily find food sources, and this can lead to a number of problems.

First, the presence of a bird nest (or multiple bird nests) can cause your gutters to become clogged, which in turn prevents proper drainage. This can create significant issues during rainstorms or other periods of bad weather, as water will have nowhere to go and may pool on your roof or even cause leaks inside your home.

Even if your gutters are not clogged by a bird nest, the nesting material itself can cause problems. For example, if twigs, leaves, and other debris from the nest fall into your gutters, they may also become clogged. Furthermore, as the nesting material breaks down, it can create an unsightly mess on your roof and in your gutters — one that is difficult (and sometimes dangerous) to clean up.

And the more birds that are present on your roof, the greater the likelihood of these problems occurring. So, if you have noticed even a small number of birds beginning to nest on your property, it’s important to take action immediately in order to prevent more serious issues from developing.

Damaging Shingles and Vent Pipes

In addition to causing problems with your gutters, birds can also damage other parts of your roof. For example, vent pipes are a common target for birds, as they provide an easy way for the animals to access your attic or other areas of your home. Once inside, birds can cause all sorts of problems, including nesting in insulation and leaving behind their waste.

Furthermore, shingles are another common target for birds, as they can be easily pried up or removed in order to create a space for a nest. This can leave your roof vulnerable to water damage, as well as create an unsightly appearance.

Bird Droppings and Material Degradation

Another common issue associated with birds on your roof is the degradation of various materials. For example, bird droppings are highly acidic and can eat away at asphalt shingles, concrete, wood, and other common roofing materials. In fact, bird droppings are so corrosive that they have been known to etch glass and damage paint jobs on vehicles.

In addition, the nesting material used by birds can also cause problems. For example, twigs and leaves may seem harmless enough, but they can actually damage asphalt shingles and other roofing materials. Over time, this may lead to leaks, as well as an overall deterioration of your roof.

The good news is that these problems can be prevented with the help of a professional bird control company. At A-1 Exterminators, we offer the very best bird control services in Utah, including both Bird Barrier and Avitrol solutions, to keep you protected year-round.

Fire Hazards

Another form of damage that some property owners simply don’t associate with birds is the risk of fire. That’s right, birds can actually cause fires on your roof, and the threat is more real than you may think.

For example, if birds build a nest in or near your chimney, there is a very real risk of the animals blocking the flue. This, in turn, can cause deadly carbon monoxide to build up inside your home, putting you and your family at serious risk.

Disease Carrying and Spreading

In addition, some birds are known to carry diseases that can be harmful to humans. For example, Histoplasmosis is a disease that is spread through the droppings of bats and pigeons, and it can cause serious respiratory problems. So, if you have birds nesting on your roof, there is a very real risk of you or your family contracting this disease.

In order to protect yourself and your loved ones, it’s important to contact a professional bird control company as soon as you notice birds beginning to nest on your property.

Noise and Aesthetics

Finally, it’s also important to mention that birds can be quite noisy, especially when they are nesting. This can make it difficult for you to enjoy your property, as well as preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep. In addition, the presence of birds on your roof can also create an unsightly appearance.

So, if you have noticed birds beginning to nest on your property, it’s important to take action immediately. A-1 Exterminators can help you get rid of the birds quickly and efficiently, so you can enjoy your property again. Contact us today to learn more about our bird control services, or any of our other pest control solutions.

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