Are you a bird watcher, or at least a bird observer? Many people enjoy seeing birds out in nature. Swans on lakes, bluebirds on tree branches, and hummingbirds eating out of feeders are a blessing to witness. Pigeons doing their business on your deck, lawn, or patio, on the other hand, are nothing short of annoying. If you don’t know much about pest birds around Monterey, but know you don’t want them anywhere near your property, here are a few things you should know.
Common Pest Birds Around The Monterey Bay Area
Any bird that causes trouble around homes and businesses are considered pest birds. Here in the Monterey Bay Area, they would be pigeons, house sparrows, starlings, and crows. What is it that sets these birds apart from the hundreds of other species in our area? Well, for one, they all love nesting around properties. This wouldn’t be a problem if birds never went to the bathroom.
Most pest birds will build their nests up high on structures. Some will even look for ways to get into attic spaces. For food, pest birds will bum off people. If you drop a hotdog, leave a muffin in an open trash can, or are eating at an outdoor restaurant, these birds might swoop down for a bite.
Pest birds are most common in urban areas where foot traffic is heavy, and buildings are close together. These conditions provide birds with ample opportunities for both food and shelter. It certainly doesn’t help that many people feed them in public spaces.
The Dangers Pest Birds Pose
Birds are not just annoying to deal with, they are also incredibly dangerous. For one pest birds transmit diseases such as salmonella, trichomoniasis, avian pox, and aspergillosis. That’s not even all! Birds also carry fleas and ticks. If you didn’t know, fleas and ticks are small parasitic insects that also transmit dangerous diseases to humans. Most commonly, pest birds will spread sickness through their fecal matter and feathers, which are often littered around areas they nest and feed. If you own a restaurant with outdoor seating and do not have proper protection against these pests, this will become a huge problem quickly.
How To Discourage Pest Birds From Your Property
Pest birds invade properties in search of food and places to build their nests. Limiting these attractants should be your first step in preventing these pests. Here are some practical ways our experts recommend you do this:
- Clean property regularly; be sure no food or beverages are left out.
- Repair exterior damage around home or business, so birds cannot get inside.
- Use a pressure washer to remove bird fecal matter from your property.
- Address moisture issues by repairing leaky piping, fixing broken gutters, and eliminating sources of water build-up.
The Best Way To Prevent Pest Birds
Unfortunately, no matter what you do, unless you know advanced pest control strategies or have the proper equipment for the job, you will never be able to prevent pest birds entirely. The only way to ensure birds stay away from your home or business is with professional pest control services. At Smith’s Pest Management, we know how to effectively deter birds from properties. Using advanced methods and top of the line gear we will equip your property with everything it needs to give birds the boot!
Give our team a call today to discuss your options or to schedule an inspection of your Monterey Bay Area property.