Bird Control & Bird-Proofing Services in Massachusetts & New Hampshire
We specialize in Bird-Proofing Services for commercial structures.
Most birds that we see in our yards and attract to our bird feeders are protected by federal law and cannot be killed, captured, or disturbed. There are three birds, however, which have attained special pest status and may be controlled under certain circumstances. Those three birds – the house sparrow, the feral pigeon, and the starling – are very familiar to most of us. All three have learned to coexist with people.
When Do I Need Bird Control Services?
Many people do not see these birds as pests. But they become pests when they interfere with our health and welfare. House sparrows, pigeons, and starlings all like to nest on and in buildings, sometimes in large numbers. The need for bird removal is clear – accumulations of droppings can deface and damage surfaces, spread disease, and can attract flies and other insects. Nests can be the source of ectoparasites like mites and ticks that can bite people.
Pest birds displace native and more preferred birds and sometimes even take over their nests and kill their young. Pest birds have learned to beg for food around parks and to steal food from dumpsters and trash cans, scattering trash. Sparrow nests can block air conditioners and vents, causing fire hazards. Pigeons roost on historic buildings and statues, damaging surfaces and fouling sidewalks with their droppings. Starlings roost by the thousands in neighborhood trees, damaging cars and houses with their acidic droppings and creating a disturbance with their noise.
Pest birds can be managed in several different ways, depending on the type of bird and the circumstance.
Bird-proofing is where we start. The logic is simple and the results are permanent. Make the environment undesirable as a nesting or roosting site and the birds will move on. Colonial’s bird-proofing services are designed for the specific pest bird and your property and may involve sealing up potential nest site openings, screening vents, or recommending structural modifications.
As part of our long-term solution for your problem, we can install netting for large areas, bird wire to keep birds from landing on ledges, beams, or balcony railings, or use scare tactics or trapping. Call Colonial and have our bird control experts recommend the best solution for your situation. We have more than 25 years experience in dealing with pest birds and we are fully certified and licensed by the states of MA and NH to perform bird-proofing, bird control, and bird removal.
The house sparrow is familiar to everyone. It depends on people for food and nesting sites. It likes to build its nest on buildings in any available opening or crevice such as on light fixtures, behind signs, under eaves, in rain gutters, and in electrical transformers. The nest is rather large and flimsy and is made from straw, grass, feathers, string, and other debris (some highly flammable!). Adult sparrows choose one mate for the season and raise as many as 4 clutches, each with about 5 eggs, before the end of the summer. House sparrows don’t migrate, but congregate in small flocks during the winter, feeding and roosting together. House sparrows are aggressive, territorial, and determined and frequently drive out desirable birds.
The pigeon (sometimes called the rock dove) nests on rocky cliffs in its native Europe and Asia. In U.S. cities, it has found its own version of rocky cliffs in the form of building ledges and manmade structures. In addition to building ledges, pigeons nest and roost on roofs, eaves, in attics, on steeples, under bridges or overpasses, and on signs or decorative areas on buildings. Pigeons are the most serious pest bird associated with buildings. Their presence greatly increases the cost of building maintenance. A pigeon’s nest is a messy, frail platform of small twigs, straw and debris that is often reused. There are at least two broods a year (of two eggs each), one in early summer and one in fall. Pigeons prefer flat and smooth surfaces for resting and feeding and feed mostly on the ground in parks, near food loading docks, grain spillage, garbage areas, or wherever people eat outdoors.
European starlings are known for their noisy flocking behavior which can mean tens of thousands of birds roosting in city parks or neighborhood trees. In urban areas, starlings like to nest in building cavities like chimneys, or kitchen, bathroom, or dryer vents. In suburban and rural areas, starlings nest in tree holes, birdhouses, and other openings. Nests are made of twigs, grass, and debris, lined with soft materials. There are usually two broods a year. While starlings roost in urban areas, they generally do not feed there. At dawn, starlings leave their roosting sites and may fly some distance to their feeding sites, often agricultural fields. They return at dusk, often noisily settling for a time on telephone wires, bridges, buildings, or in trees before settling in for the evening. The noise and the droppings from large numbers of birds are an annoyance and a health hazard for anyone unfortunate enough to live near a starling roost.
Colonial Pest Control has more than 25 years experience in dealing with pest birds and we are fully certified and licensed by the states of MA and NH to perform bird-proofing bird control, and bird removal.
Read more about bird control on our blog.
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- Parasites From Birds’ Nests – Advice From the Pros
- Keeping Nesting Birds Off of Your House
- Did You Know? Bird Mites Can Bite People
- Hazards from Nesting Birds
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