The wildlife of the Capital Region is one of the things that makes the area great! However, birds in a home or in a building are unwelcome and can require proper bird control.

Common birds in the Capital Region

There are roughly 500 different known bird species in New York State, but only a few of them may require wildlife control in the Capital Region. Common Capital Region birds that may take residence in buildings include pigeons, starlings, sparrows, barn swallows, and even songbirds.

Problems pest birds can cause for home and business owners

The list of problems that birds can cause for home and business owners ranges from annoying to dangerous. Birds that have decided to settle down on your home or business can create noise that can impact your ability to concentrate at work or relax at home. The droppings, feathers, and other debris that birds leave around the area where they are perched can make the outside of your business look messy and unappealing. Birds that build nests and perch on your home or business can also cause damage to the property over time.

Birds are also capable of spreading disease, fleas, ticks, and parasites to humans and other animals. The avian flu can be spread to humans who breathe in air or touch surfaces contaminated with bird droppings. A large bird infestation around your home or business can put everyone who walks through the infested area at risk.

How birds enter homes and how to get a bird out of your house

Common areas in houses where birds are found include attics and dryer vents. Birds may enter homes through small gaps or openings in search of warmth or shelter. If a bird does enter your home, remain calm so you do not frighten the bird. Try to keep it contained to one room by closing the door and contact the bird removal experts at Attention Pest Solutions.

How to prevent birds from entering your home or business and how to prevent birds from roosting around your home or business

Bird Deterrents – Nuisance birds can be persistent in their efforts to create their home on, in, or near your house or business. If your bird prevention efforts are not enough to keep these pests away, then you should consider bird deterrents. Bird deterrents might include several types of devices and tactics designed to keep birds from perching or nesting on your property. Attention Pest Solutions offers bird deterrents such as baits, spikes, netting, electronic sensors, wires, noise devices, and non-lethal shocks to ensure birds do not cause problems at your home or business. The best bird deterrent for your situation will depend on several factors including the type of bird, the bird pressure and the area of your home or business where they are causing problems. The bird control experts at Attention Pest Solutions will assess your situation and recommend the combination of humane bird deterrent options that will provide you with effective and long-lasting results.

Bird Netting – Bird netting is used for the total exclusion of all types of birds. With proper installation, no birds can penetrate the netting. Netting is ideal for loading docks, courtyards, under bridges, under highways and on balconies, and signs. Because pest birds vary in size, bird netting is available in different mesh sizes for different birds. For example, 3/4” mesh for sparrows and swallows, 1-1/8” mesh for starlings, 2” mesh for pigeons. Obviously, smaller birds can penetrate larger mesh nets, so care must be taken to identify the pest birds correctly. Bird netting is comprised of six monofilaments, each 12/1000” thick with U.V. stabilizers added. Monofilaments are twisted together to produce a strong twine with 160-200 twists per meter providing an ISO 1806 protocol mesh tested in excess of 40 lbs. Netting is waterproof, rot proof and warrantied for up to ten years for black ¾” net.

Bird Spikes – Bird spikes are a good deterrent for larger birds on ledges, such as pigeons and seagulls. They are not suitable for smaller birds like sparrows, where nests can be easily created in between spikes. Stainless steel spikes that are rust free are recommended over plastic spikes, which can break and crack. Spikes are available in a variety of widths and can be installed to deter larger bird roosting. Spikes are a minimum of 40 spikes per foot in linear array with “no gap” center spike and non-staggered design.

Bird Spiders/Daddy Long Leg, Wire Deterrents – Spiders are effective for parapet ledges, light poles, and small landing areas. Many spiders rotate in the wind and confuse birds with the movement as well as the physical deterrent. Spider wire is stainless steel and will not rust or deteriorate in outdoor installations. If mounted on patio block, spiders can be moved to other areas if birds migrate to another ledge.

Harvesting/Mist Netting – Mist nets are a fine mesh net hung from I-beams or rafters designed to trap small birds. Laser light is used to move birds from roosting areas and drive toward the nets. Birds are removed from the net and released.

If your home or business is experiencing issues with birds, contact Attention Pest Solutions for expert bird control treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent pest birds from invading your home or business in the areas of Saratoga Springs NY, Saratoga County, Albany NY, Albany County, Washington County, Fulton County, Warren County, Schenectady County and Montgomery County. Our use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques focuses on finding the core of the pest concern and controlling pest birds from the source.