What Livermore Property Owners Need To Know About Effective Bird Control

Pigeons on building

When it comes to receiving pest control services, most Livermore residents will request assistance with insects and creatures. Some of the most “popular” ones to be addressed are ants, roaches, and rodents. It’s no surprise these critters get attention because they can be quite harmful. All three carry bacteria that can cause illnesses in humans. Further, several subspecies can damage property. For example, carpenter ants and wood roaches destroy wood. Rats chew on walls and wires. The pests that are often forgotten about are birds. They may be in the back of people’s minds, but they can be just as dangerous.

It is necessary to learn about common birds in the area, what the risks are, and what to do about them. That way, should a problem arise, you can spring into action with the help of Pro Active Pest Control. We offer commercial and residential pest control, rodent control, bed bug control, and more.

What Birds Are Common in Livermore? What Are The Risks?

Pigeons, starlings, and sparrows all frequent the area. Pigeons are around 11 inches long. They vary in shade, but most are gray. They have white bottoms, two red feet, and black bars on their wings and tail. These animals tend to nest in building voids, steeples, and other sheltered spots.

Starlings are about seven to eight inches long. Their stocky bodies are dark colored, and they have light speckles on their wings. In colder weather, their yellow beaks transition to a gray or tan hue. They have short tails and two legs. These creatures flock in large groups, and are known for their harsh noises. Trees, utility lines, and buildings are what they usually surround.

Sparrows can grow to be over six inches in size. Short tails and wings outline their tan or brown bodies. Males have black throats, and gray heads and tails. Though the females have the same features, their coloring is more dull. They too inhabit foundation cracks and prefer structures. Aggressive behavior is a trait of theirs.

The dangers of these birds are many:

  • Their droppings can be slippery, leading to falls.
  • Their waste contains acids that can ruin paint and age structures.
  • They carry and/or transmit numerous diseases, such as salmonella, toxoplasmosis, encephalitis, and histoplasmosis.
  • Other pests, like lice, fleas, ticks, and mites are in their hairs.
  • They damage gardens, farms, and fruit trees, and make a mess of trash.
  • They can enter properties and nest in vents or dryers, which is a fire hazard.

How Can Birds Be Prevented?

Birds like the ones described are very prevalent in urban and residential settings. It’s to the point that many people aren’t startled by them when they’re out. They don’t bother to watch, feed, or pay attention to the pests. Nonetheless, they aren’t welcomed around homes and businesses. Take these steps to reduce the chances of birds finding your property attractive:

  • Have foundation voids and cracks sealed.
  • Remove standing water and food that could be in a bird’s reach.
  • Don’t feed birds; it will encourage their presence.
  • Routinely discard trash, and use canisters with tight lids.
  • Put screens or covers on vents and louvers.

What Can Pro Active Pest Control Do About Birds?

At Pro Active Pest Control, we have a wide range of specific tools and products for bird management. Spikes, nets, and exclusion equipment are just the beginning. Our services also include screen installation, solar panel protection, and sanitation processing. All of this will come complete with a warranty. We are proud members of state and national industry organizations. Rest assured, we have the expertise needed. Guard your property! Get a free quote when you call today!