Spring is just right around the corner and that means we’ll see more nests being built. While most people don’t think about birds when it comes to pest control, it is important to consider them. Birds can be detrimental to homes, businesses, and health. Not only are they very noisy, but they also carry disease and can damage property.
When it comes to bird nests, they can block fan, dryer, and stove vents which can cause fire risks. They can also clog drains and gutters, which allows water to stand still, creating another issue, mosquitoes. But, the major problem when it comes to birds is the disease that they carry.
Bird dropping contains uric acid and that can damage the paint on a vehicle. They also contain pathogens that are dangerous to humans. Bird nests can contain diseases that are spread by ticks, mites, and parasites left behind once a bird leaves.
Nests can be built in many different areas including lawnmowers, heat pumps, trees, balconies, sheds, garages, high-traffic areas, and above doors.
Removing bird nests is important to keep yourself and the people around you safe. However, there are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to removing them.
Prevention: Do what you can to prevent birds from building nests on your property by removing food scraps and open trash from around your area. Secure trash tightly in containers and if you use bird feeders or birdbaths, make sure they are placed away from the home. Check vents regularly to make sure they have not been blocked by nests.
Visual repellants like plastic coyotes, hawks, owls, and snakes help keep birds away from your property.
Keep An Eye Out: Always be aware of what is going on in your yard. It’s generally easy to see if a bird is starting to build a nest in your yard or if more birds are hanging out in your yard. If you find a nest that has eggs in it with no adult birds around, it’s important to leave it be and call in a professional who can handle the nest.
Wait Until the Right Time: When removing or relocating a nest, it’s important to wait until nesting season is over. Just because the nest does not have any eggs or birds in it, doesn’t mean it’s safe to take down. It’s best to leave it alone until the nesting season has been completed.
Practice Precaution: Abandoned bird nests can still contain residual bird droppings as well as dangerous pathogens and both can be harmful to humans. When removing a nest, be sure to wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, a respiratory mask, and latex gloves. Once you’re in your protective gear, spray the nest with an antibacterial spray. Remove the nest and dispose of it within a sealed container or trash bag. Dispose of the mask and gloves, change your clothes and make sure to wash your hands well.
Call The Professionals: In this case, you want to give Wildout Animal and Pest Removal a call. Wildout can give your property a proper overview and give you a detailed treatment option that is fair.
They can also offer to remove any other pests that may be on your property as well as setting up preventative measures to make sure that they don’t come back.