bird control

3 Must-Learn Hacks to Clean Pigeon Droppings

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istock_000001308016mediumPigeons are a pesky bird that tends to leave droppings any and everywhere. Pigeon droppings are stinky as well as messy and should be cleaned as quickly as possible. However, many home owners have no idea where to begin when it comes to cleaning bird droppings from the exterior or even the interior of the home. Learning the cleaning hacks for droppings will help you to clean your home easily without having to smell pigeon poop while enjoying your home.

Pigeon feces will accrue where the birds roost. This is usually rooflines, stairways and other exterior areas of the home. When the feces are exposed to rain the poo can wash away but without rain, the poo can harden and be difficult to clean. If pigeons gain access to the inside of your home, such as the attic or duct work, then the poo will stink up your home as well as be difficult to clean. Learn the tips and tricks below to see how to clean the pigeon poo from the home in the easiest way possible.

Outdoor Pigeon Droppings

Droppings located outside of the home are the easiest to clean. You can use a power washer to simply push the poo away from sidewalks, rooflines, garages and more with the push of a button. A high powered unit will remove the pigeon poo easily so the outside of your home will be nice and clean.

Interior Pigeon Droppings

Bird droppings from pigeons that are located inside the home are harder to clean as different methods must be used. A filtered vacuum will need to be used to remove any loose droppings and a HEPA filter mask will need to be used to ensure your safety. You should never inhale the spores or dust from pigeon droppings. Wearing a mask is essential to avoiding this issue, which can lead to health problems.

Let’s say your attic space has been affected by pigeon feces. You will need to remove any loose items with the vacuum and then use a microbial or enzyme based cleaner to remove the remainder of the feces as well as any urine or bacteria that may exist. Products that have been known to work for poo in the attic include BioSheild and Bac-Azap.

Bird droppings from pigeons need to be removed from the home as quickly as possible. Such droppings can produce diseases in humans including Histoplasmosis and Psittacosis. Histoplasmosis is a fungus that is created from Histoplasma Capsulatum which can grow in pigeon droppings. Psittacosis is an infection that is created by bacteria found in pigeon droppings. Avoid being affected by such diseases by effectively cleaning the home after an infestation.

When you need help removing pigeons from the home and expert advice for cleaning pigeon droppings, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. The experts have vast experience in removing pigeons as well as other birds and animals from the home. Have your home inspected for an infestation and any birds removed as quickly as possible, so you can reclaim your home once again from the pesky birds.

Is Your Bird Feeder Attracting Unwanted ‘Pest’ Birds?

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bird-controlBird feeders are commonly used in the outdoor areas of the home so that home owners can enjoy watching unique birds up close and personal. However, because a bird feeder is offering up free food, the feeder is going to attract unwanted guests, those annoying ‘pest’ birds. In many people’s eyes, an annoying bird is one such as a pigeon or starling. Even crows and hawks can be enticed by a large bird feeder, driving off the birds you wish to watch dine. Remove the unwanted birds from your area by following these simple bird control tips below.

Watch Your Feeders

To begin, you want to enjoy watching your feeders. Try to determine which pest birds are attracted to your area to know what birds you will need to try to keep away. It could be that Grackles or even Woodpeckers are drawn to your area and are taking over your bird feeders from other birdies. Take notes to see who visits your feeders. You may even find that mice or even raccoons are nibbling on the bird food, pests which must be dealt with. You want to be able to watch your birds in action but also avoid any unwanted guests from being near your home for an extended period of time.

Getting Rid of Critters and Unwanted Birds

Now you are ready to get rid of the unwanted guests. To get started, make sure bird seed stays off the ground. Mice and raccoons will be drawn to this easy food source. The fallen bird seed will then lead them to the feeders which means bye-bye bird food!

Consider what food types you are offering. Certain birds like certain types of bird food. If you find that particular creatures are visiting your bird feeder, you may want to consider changing up what you are offering. Try different foods to see what the creatures will avoid to ensure your bird feeder is not taken over by unwanted guests. You can also change the type of feeder you use to be able to thwart pests.

If you cannot seem to get rid of intruders, consider moving the feeders to a new location. Moving the feeder will keep pests away for some time, hopefully for the remainder of the time that you enjoy watching the birds dine. You can also stop offering food for a week to see if the critters go away and move on elsewhere. Resume feeding and watch to see if the critters come back.

Top Tips

The best way to avoid any unwanted creatures or birds from messing with your feeders is to keep the area clean. Use a feeder that can only be accessed by small birds to deter larger creatures and larger birds such as crows and hawks. You can also keep the area clean underneath the feeder to deter any mice or rats from eating the seed.

Work with Professionals

If you find that critters just will not leave your property, consider contacting the wildlife professionals. A team of wildlife technicians can evaluate your property and come up with a quality solution for bird control and to remove any unwanted guests from your home. Work with Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control to have access to the best removal services available.

Bacteria and Parasites Birds Carry

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Birds, belonging to the class Aves, are a natural sight all over the world. They are characterized by their strong beaks, clawed feet and feathery bodies. They serve their purpose in maintaining the natural balance of things. However, there will be times when they start invading homes and this is where conflict with humans start.

There are many dangers of allowing birds inside your household. While many of us are familiar with Avian flu, there are more than sixty recorded diseases that we should be wary of. Today we will be going through some of the more common zoonotic diseases caused by these avian creatures.

  • Salmonellosis. This is a very common disease caused by a bacterium called Salmonella. It is a type of food poisoning in humans. Salmonella resides in the intestinal tract of humans and some animals. Humans catch this disease if they ingest contaminated foods and water or by handling infected animals and not washing their hands. Salmonella bacterium can be found in fecal droppings of many nuisance birds like starlings and sparrows.
  • E. coli.  Escherichia coli is a bacterium that lives in the digestive system. Cattle carry E. coli but when birds peck on cow manure, the E. coli can go right through birds and consequently, bird droppings can land on any food or water supply and contaminate them. Infection in humans can cause bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps.
  • Chlamydiosis. This zoonotic disease is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia psittaci. They occur in birds that have curved beaks like parrots and parakeets. The bacterium is also carried by pigeons and even turkeys! Humans are infected with the disease upon inhalation of contaminated dust in the air and can cause diarrhea, sore throat, chills and swollen eyes. In severe untreated cases, complications may arise into enlargement of the spleen or inflammation of the heart muscles.

Not only are birds carriers of these scary diseases, they also are host to many parasites that can further endanger your family’s health. Some of the ectoparasites that you may find in birds are:

  1. Black fly or buffalo gnat. There are around 1,800 species of these small black flies that bite and suck blood. They can grow abundant and can kill chickens and birds. These insects can also bite humans.
  2. Lice. Lice are small parasites without wings. The species that host on birds are the Amblycera and Ischnocera. They are around 0.33 to 11mm and can come in yellow, whitish, brown or black in color. They feed on feathers, blood and tissue fluids of birds.
  3. Ticks. Ticks are the most notorious among parasites because they carry quite a number of diseases. Like lice, ticks also host on blood from animals and even humans. When infected, one can suffer from illnesses that range from rashes to fatigue.

Birds, like other wildlife animals, belong in the wild and not in human homes because they are hazardous not only to physical structures and property, but also to human health. It is therefore necessary to take action once infestation takes place.
If you need bird control services in Oakville, do not hesitate to call Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Skedaddle’s Oakville wildlife control technicians are trained to employ humane and effective methods to shoo these birds away from your home and make sure that they do not roost again in your property.  With more than twenty-six years in the business, Skedaddle has the expertise to solve any wildlife infestation, especially bird control. Call them up today!