What are birds?
Birds are warm-blooded vertebrates that lay eggs. They have a beak, two legs, feathers covering their body, and wings, but not all fly. Birds are often viewed as a thing of beauty, using their wings and colorful feathers to glide through the air. Birds live all around us, and for the most part, don't cause significant problems for people.
Notice we said most birds don't cause problems? Some birds, usually described as pest birds, do cause us significant issues. They take over properties in large numbers and are difficult to control and eliminate. Examples of pest birds in New Jersey that are most problematic for property owners include pigeons, seagulls, sparrows, and turkey vultures.
Pigeons are the most common pest birds. Their constant presence near us makes it easy for people to identify them. Pigeons have a light gray body, a grayish-pink beak, and two dark bars going across the wings.
You can easily identify seagulls by the loud wail-like squawks they deliver. These large birds usually have grey or white feathers and black markings on their heads or wings.
Sparrows are small flocking birds. Their coloring usually identifies them. The top of their bodies are generally a combination of brown with streaks of black, and their chests are a lighter cream color.
Turkey vultures are large unique-looking birds. The shape of their body and head is similar to a turkey. The head of a turkey vulture is featherless, and red and dark brown or black feathers cover their body.
Are birds dangerous?
Pest birds are dangerous to have in large numbers on your property. They are destructive and spread diseases. Below are some of the biggest problems that pest birds can cause.
- They cause considerable damage in gardens, crop fields, and golf courses.
- They leave behind large amounts of excrement that can damage the exterior of buildings.
- Their waste contains diseases and bacteria that can make people ill.
- On their bodies, birds carry disease-spreading mites, fleas, and ticks.
- Bird feathers and nests will clog and damage chimneys, vents, gutters, and electrical equipment.
- They become a massive nuisance around outdoor eating areas.
- Larger birds may pull up roof shingles or pull at weatherstripping around windows and doors.
- They will tear through the trash bags in dumpsters and create unsightly messes.
Why do I have a bird problem?
Like many other animals, pest birds have learned there is likely to be a source of food where there are people. Birds have also discovered that our homes and commercial buildings provide them with ample roosting and nesting spots.
The following things will attract pest birds to a property and cause them to want to stay and roost or nest:
- Birdbaths and puddles
- Trees, gardens, and flowerbeds
- Trash cans and compost bins
- Outdoor eating areas
Where will I find birds?
Where birds prefer to hangout depends on the species:
- Pigeons are common in rural and urban areas. They roost in commercial warehouses, barns, feed mills, around bridges, in parks, and near outdoor eating areas.
- Sparrows nest in protected areas like building ledges, gutters, signs, light fixtures, and under eaves and bridges. Warehouses, airport buildings, apartment buildings, stores, and stadium roofs are common places to find these birds.
- Seagulls are most problematic near piers, beach areas, and parking lots.
- Turkey vultures forage for food (carrion) along roadsides, fields, landfills, trash piles, and construction sites. Trees or the building roofs are where turkey vultures gather in the evening.
How do I get rid of birds?
Birds can be very difficult to control and can cause a lot of damage to your property. Partner with the professionals at Alliance Pest Services so we can provide the fast action and humane and effective solutions needed to solve your bird problems.
At Alliance Pest Services, our focus is on meeting each customer's unique pest control needs. With over 21 years of experience, we understand there is no one-size-fits-all solution to pest problems. If you live in Monmouth County, NJ and would like to learn more about our bird control services, give us a call today!
How can I prevent birds in the future?
- Eliminate standing water from your property that birds could use as a water source.
- Never purposely feed birds on your property.
- Keep lids on trash cans and dumpsters to keep birds from eating out of them.
- Always place trash bags inside of hard-sided trash cans.
- Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.
- Trim tree branches back away from the exterior of your structure.
- Make sure to keep caps on chimneys and covers over vents.