Birds are interesting creatures and have fun habits that give people joy and satisfaction. However, this is not always the case, as birds can also be destructive and annoying. For example, pigeons and seagulls deface buildings and lawns with their poop, woodpeckers destroy structures, and other bird species wreak unique havocs.
The bird population in urban areas is continually on the rise, and so is the danger they bring along. To a large extent, wild birds are carriers of disease pathogens that can infect humans and animals. This makes them a public health risk.
Bird pests are dangerous to you and your pet animals, and so you should get rid of them as soon as you discover an infestation. You can achieve both bird removal and exclusion by using the following methods:
Anti-perch spikes are a simple method that is humane and effective in bird removal from your building. You arrange the spikes on roofs, flat surfaces, ledges, and other areas where birds perch. The spikes prevent the birds from roosting on the rooftops and walls of your home and hence, prevent bird infestations.
Wildlife X Team New Hampshire offers professional services in bird removal and relocation, damage repair and exclusion, fumigation, and cleaning of the litter that the birds leave behind, including food debris, fecal matter, and urine. You can call us for professional help if you get stuck. We would love to hear from you.
There’s nothing quite like taking an early morning walk and hearing birdsong. Having a bird nested right outside your window, however, is likely to grow old quickly. That’s without considering the damage birds can do to your property. Nooks and crevices; vents, pipes, and chimneys; flowerpots and windowsills, you name it, birds will nest there.
Yet, if you’re thinking about just pulling the bird’s nest down, think again.
It can be illegal to remove a bird’s nest. According to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, interfering with an active nest that belongs to a native species can give you a hefty fine. If, on the other hand, you’re dealing with an invasive species such as the house sparrow, there are no legal restrictions.
If you are not sure about which species you’re dealing with or where the law stands, contact your local authorities, such as Wildlife and Fisheries. They’ll be able to provide you with all the necessary details.
Alternately, to avoid getting on the wrong side of the law, please contact us here at Wildlife X Team New Hampshire. We’re familiar with all the legal and technical aspects of bird nest removal. Plus, we’ll advise on preventing nesting birds in the first place. But first, check out the following advice.
CHECK THAT THE NEST IS INACTIVE
If you’re confident the species you’re dealing with is native, then you won’t be able to do anything. Otherwise, if the nest has been abandoned, then you can proceed. Monitor the nest for at least a week, ensuring no bird returns, day or night.
If the nest is inhabited, don’t worry. Most migratory birds will leave by the end of the season. Even other species do not inhabit nests for prolonged periods. Whilst most birds nest once a year, several species can build four to five nests a year. Meaning they’ll be moving on in no time. Songbirds, for instance, usually stay around two to three weeks. Meanwhile, raptors can nest as long as eight to ten weeks.
LOOK FOR EGGS
Climb on a ladder and take a look. You’ll want to avoid the parents being around. If you do find eggs but seemingly no adult birds, don’t assume they’ve been abandoned. Eggs are viable for several weeks after being laid, and so, the parents may have simply vacated the nest for a short while.
If the bird you’re dealing with is non-native, you’ll be able to remove the nest eggs. However, make sure not to break the eggs in the process – that’s just more mess to clean up.
REMOVING THE NEST
After a nest has emptied – or you’re dealing with a non-native species – you’ll need to take the following steps:
PREVENT FURTHER NESTING
Lastly, you’ll want to stop further nesting in the future. Common helpful tips include:
If you want further advice or assistance, contact Wildlife X Team New Hampshire. We’re always ready and happy to help.
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