Winter’s frigid temperatures usually spell the end of bird problems in and around the home. Most will surrender without a fight, but some birds will struggle for survival no matter how cold it gets, and may choose your home as a safe refuge. For bird lovers, this can be a blessing, and those who provide the necessary tools for their survival will be rewarded with a surprising and fun experience as winter bird watching right on their property. But when those birds turn from lovely creatures into pesky pests, putting your property and health in danger, it’s time to consider preventative and treatment options to deter them from landing, roosting, and nesting.
Following are some simple tips you can use to prevent and remove birds safely and effectively this winter.
A quick walk through any urban environment and you will see a variety of urban bird control and management tactics. Bird spikes, netting, and shock tracks are all great tools to keep birds from flocking to their favorite spots,but these tactics aren’t just reserved for public buildings and businesses. Residential owners can also apply these strategies around their property, upon noticing birds flocking to certain areas, and effectively deter them from making themselves too comfortable.
Special attention must be paid to common landing areas like porches, gutters, and rooftops, as well as areas with accumulated bird droppings. These prevention treatments will go a long way to keep birds off a property, but remember that they will only prevent them from landing in certain areas. Preventing access to common nesting areas will yield better results during the cold season.
Nothing is more important for a bird stuck in the cold than a warm, protected shelter. For homeowners, this translates into droppings, feathers, and debris all over attics, porches, and garages, directly exposing residents to contamination and disease.
In order to prevent birds form nesting in your home, you can start by locating access points and sealing them off. Look for small holes and cracks that a bird might fit through and seal it with caulk or reduce access by implementing a physical barrier. If you already have nesting birds, pay attention to where they fly in and out of the building and treat the access points directly.
Once eliminated, make sure to clean up any droppings or debris left behind to ensure the indoor air does not pose any health risks for your family and pets.
When homeowners look to attract birds to their property, the first thing they do is ensure access to food and water in their yard. Whether it be feeders, bird baths, or sprinkled bread on the lawn, nothing brings birds to a home faster than easy access to food and water. For those looking to prevent birds, the opposite measures should be applied.
If pest birds have become a problem on your property, make sure to eliminate any food source and clean up standing water. This includes removing bird feeders, sealing your compost and garbage, and storing items that can serve as bird baths when the ice begins to melt. Also, your plants may have died long ago, but the fruit that has fallen from them could still serve as a meal for overwintering birds, so be sure to remove them from your yard as well this winter.
When everything else fails, pest control experts will save the day. Certified pest control companies have years of experience treating bird infestations and know what makes them choose certain homes over others. Their knowledge, paired with safe, but effective removal and prevention treatments, helps ensure your home stays bird-free this winter. You can also contact experts in case you want to enjoy the presence of birds on your property, but want to make sure they know their place: outdoors.
About the Author:
Daniel Mackie, co-owner of Greenleaf Pest Control, is a Toronto pest control expert well-known as an industry go-to guy, an innovator of safe, effective pest control solutions, and is a regular guest on HGTV. Mackie, along with business partner Sandy Costa, were the first pest control professionals in Canada to use detection dogs and thermal remediation for the successful eradication of bed bugs. In his free time, he is an avid gardener.