Birds can bring great joy to our lives. The sheer site of out feathered friends soaring above us and the beauty of the many different species contribute to our enjoyment of the world around us.
However, birds can transition from being a pleasure to observe into pests in the blink of an eye.
One of the reasons is that we have simply altered their natural environment. Many species have now become dependent on human waste and urban environments in order to flourish. When this happens homeowners may have to resort to drastic measures in order to control many of the species that have now become pests.
there are a variety of strategies that homeowners can employ in order to control the impact of nuisance birds.
Sometimes preventing the problem is the key to a stress free existence with our feathered friends. Certain birds are going to target dustbins and food left out for other pets. This includes open sources of water. If homeowners reduce the visibility and availability of these nutritional sources it may go a long way to in turn reducing the impact that nuisance birds have on homeowner lifestyles.
In addition. Although these birds can be fascinating sources of interaction with the natural environment feeding them only habituates them to human interaction and hard wires them to associate human beings and homes with food. Try to avoid doing this. this can include the use of feeders designed to attract non problem birds and other fauna. Change the feed – or in extreme cases eliminate the use of feeders altogether.
Overhanging trees and shrubs near to the home provide problem birds with the perfect opportunity to observe human behavior. Several birds have been demonstrated to analyse feeding schedules for other pets and will take advantage of this by waiting for an opportunity to steal pet food.
There are also a number of other products that will discourage birds from roosting on flat surfaces. One of the most popular are spikes. These are relatively easy to install for for even the novice at DIY projects. However, they do regular maintenance as debris can reduce their effectiveness.
There are some experts who advocate the use of sticky repellents. In the past these traps have been accused of being extremely cruel and causing distress to a variety of bird species – not all of them nuisances.
However, new advances in non toxic brands and a less harmful versions have meant that they are worth investigating for persistent problems. However, once again they lose their effectiveness pretty quickly as dust accumulates on the surface of the repellents.
There are a number of installations that will discourage nuisance birds from roosting either within the home or on surrounding structures.
The smaller species will take advantage of any gap that is not sealed and will not hesitate to make their homes in ceiling spaces (for instance. Make sure that the home is sealed by ensuring that gaps are sealed with caulking. Other openings such as vents can be sealed with wire mesh.
Although the idea of exterminating problem birds is abhorrent to some when nuisance birds are impacting on the quality of life of those in a household (including aggressive behaviour) there may be no choice. In this case trapping might be the solution. Traps allow homeowners to release species that are not causing problems. Those species that are causing problems can be humanely euthanised. This would ordinarily not be required. in an ideal world all species could be released into the wild without harm. However studies have shown that nuisance species can find there way back to a home from vast distances away.
Checking the problem areas of the home for birds making nests is an excellent way of preventing this behaviour. All nesting material should be removed as soon as possible.
In extreme cases where the homeowner has exhausted every avenue to control problem birds it may be necessary to call in a professional bird control company to lend a hand.
Some well known remedies simply have limited effectiveness. Setting up fake birds of prey such as hawks will work only for a limited time – nuisance birds quickly lose their fear of these measures. The same applies to flashing lights and reflective surfaces.
Before the homeowner takes any action (that may result in injury to the birds they need to be aware of the conservation status of that animal. Failure to do this can result in significant fines. Harming birds which are protected species is something the authorities take very seriously.
This is yet another reason that if there is any doubt about the steps that should be taken a professional bird removal company should be called in to help