What Is the Best Feral Bird Management Strategy?

What Is the Best Feral Bird Management Strategy

Feral birds are not just a messy irritation but pose certain health risks that range from mild to extreme. 

The following common health risks are the main reason that using a comprehensive and effective bird management strategy is crucial:

  • Histoplasmosis is one of the most common diseases that can be contracted by humans from pigeon droppings. The disease is caused by a fungus that grows on the droppings and results in respiratory problems that could be fatal if diagnosis and treatment are not received quickly.
  • Candidiasis is another fungus and can result in a fungal infection of the mouth, respiratory tract and genitals.
  • Cryptococcosis affects the central nervous system and results in pulmonary disease.
  • Encephalitis is swelling of the nervous system which could lead to paralysis and may be fatal.
  • Salmonellosis is severe food poisoning that can be fatal.
  • Pigeon droppings also carry E-coli bacteria that cause a variety of different infections.

There are over 60 human diseases that can be linked to feral birds. 

In the event of feral birds such as pigeons, starlings, pied crow and other species overpopulating an area or specific locations, the following top bird management strategy is recommended:

Step 1 – Do Not Touch

Do not handle live, injured or dead birds or their droppings without taking precautions. 

It is always recommended to call feral bird management specialists for advice and to handle the problem.

Step 2 – Research

It is important to understand the type of invasive feral bird species and how their habitat, food sources and breeding cycles may impact an effective bird management strategy.

Step 3 – Eradication

Pigeons and some other invasive or feral species are considered to be vermin in Australia and are therefore not protected. 

This means that techniques can be employed to eradicate the birds permanently. Removing the birds is not ideal as they are more than likely to return. 

Feral bird management may employ a number of different techniques to eradicate the birds such as toxins or euthanasia to eliminate the majority of the population.

Step 4 – Cleanup

Clearing away bird droppings, nests and remains are essential to preventing the transmission and spread of related diseases. 

Precautions such as wearing protective clothing should be employed while handling the birds their nests or droppings.

Step 5 – Deter

Once the birds have been eradicated, it leaves an open space that could attract other birds (either the same or different species). 

It is therefore critical to take preventative steps that will deter birds as a long term management solution.

Any area where birds like to perch or nest should be bird proofed. Bird or pigeon spikes are ideal to fulfil this function. 

Bird nets can also be used to prevent or capture birds that are attempting to fly into a certain area. 

Scarecrows or fake natural predators also act as an effective deterrent. Electric bird management solutions are available. 

Eliminating food sources, changing the habitat and introducing natural predators such as cats may also be effective.

Step 6 – Regular Action

It is recommended to schedule regular appointments with a feral bird management specialist in order to keep the bird population under control. 

The specialists will also evaluate the deterrents that have been put in place as to how effective they are. 

New or alternative management techniques may be recommended if feral birds keep returning to the area.

Each step of the feral bird management strategy is important and should be followed to get the best results and eliminate the pests on a short and long-term basis. 

Feral bird management specialists have the expertise, skill and experience to provide an effective plan to meet individual needs.

If you are having issues with feral birds, then look no further than Feral Bird Management. We have developed modern, sophisticated methods and approaches to eradicating most feral bird problems. 

We have a wealth of experience and expertise in the area of feral bird management so please call us today on (08) 9458 8026 or contact us through our website.