Birds can be a beautiful sight in your yard. Their grace and beauty can complete any garden and their songs can lift your spirits. However, this fairy tale quickly fades away if they decide to “populate” your yard and roof. They can become a nuisance that you want to get rid of.
How Birds Become Pests
Birds of a feather flock together and, unfortunately, if a bunch of them figure out how comfortable the inside of your roof is, you may have a big problem on your hands. Birds are always looking for a good, safe place to build a nest and your roof can provide warmth and protection–the perfect breeding ground for bird families. Here are a two ways that birds can become pests:
1. Structural damage
Birds may seem like cute, harmless creatures but they can do a lot of damage to your home. For example, the Gila Woodpecker is a very popular bird in Arizona. Woodpeckers will peck tons of holes in your roof/eaves. They generally peck holes for a few different reasons:
- To get bugs that may be crawling around your eaves/siding.
- To store food such as acorns or seeds.
- To attract mates.
- To create a nest.
Deterring woodpeckers away can be difficult because they can be stubborn. You can shoo them, use deterrents like fake owls or shiny balloons, or even try scaring them away with a shot gun (definitely not recommended). Most of these solutions are temporary depending on how determined the birds are.
2. Bird Poop
Bird poop is a problem for more reasons than just being gross. Birds can actually carry a lot of germs and diseases. The scary part is that you don’t necessarily have to touch the poop to be affected by it. You can get sick from emanations of poop. Avian flu, salmonella, and meningitis are just a few of the diseases that you can get from bird poop.
When is it Time to Get Professional Help?
The good news about pesky birds is that they are usually less of a problem than other pests like bedbugs or termites. Many times bird problems are temporary/seasonal, like mating season for example. This means they’ll go way on their own. However, if you just can’t seem to get rid of them no matter what you try, then it’s time to call in our professionals to get rid of them in a humane manner. If you are seeking bird removal in Phoenix AZ, call us today!