Bird Identification

What are birds?

Birds are warm-blood vertebrates with two legs and wings, although not all can use their wings to fly. Feathers cover their body, they have a bill or beak, and they lay eggs. We see birds outside all around us, flying from tree to tree, foraging for food on the ground, and gliding in the wind. Birds usually only become an issue for us when those described as “pest” birds move onto our properties. Pest birds have learned to rely on people and our properties for at least some of their basic needs.

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Are birds dangerous?

There are many valid reasons why birds are unwelcome to our properties. They are both damaging and dangerous. Their feces contains millions of spores that, after becoming airborne, are inhaled by people, causing diseases like histoplasmosis and others. Birds also carry parasites on their bodies that can also spread illnesses to people.

However, birds are more than just a health issue. The damage they cause to the buildings they are living on can become far-reaching and costly to repair. Their droppings are corrosive and will damage roofing, gutters, and other structural elements. Bird droppings will also build up on the ground and, in addition to looking unpleasant, are a slip and fall hazard.

Nests and feathers damage machinery, clog vents, and even trigger fires. They also create damage that costs the agriculture industry millions of dollars each year. Birds flock to, feed on, and destroy farm and garden crops.

Why do I have a bird problem?

Birds become a problem on any property offering them a place to roost or nest, food, and access to water. Any urban, suburban, or rural property is a potential home for birds. Pest birds like pigeons have learned to co-exist with people and have no issues living near us.

If you have a problem with birds on your property, you may notice the following things:

  • Large numbers of birds are resting on your roof
  • A considerable amount of droppings on the ground underneath where birds are roosting
  • Constant chirping sounds or other bird noises

Where will I find birds?

Birds are most active during the day and return to their roosting spots every evening to rest, often choosing our yards, homes, or commercial property to spend their downtime. Some of their favorite roosting spots are roof eaves, chimneys, wall voids, rafters, and areas under bridges. Natural nesting sites for birds that most of our yards provide include trees, shrubs, bushes, woodpiles, and rock crevices.

How do I get rid of birds?

Having birds living on and damaging your property is a very frustrating and difficult pest problem to deal with without professional help. If birds are an issue on your Texas property, contact Brinker Animal Removal. Our professionals will come to your property to inspect and provide customized services, exclusion work, and bird proofing. We have the experience and dedication needed to rid your property of pest birds.

If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and need help controlling birds or other wildlife on your property, reach out to Brinker Animal Removal today.

How can I prevent birds in the future?

While you should always allow a professional to handle issues with birds, there are things you can do around your property to make it less attractive to these unwanted visitors:

  • Remove bird feeders from your property.
  • Keep locking lids on trash cans and dumpsters.
  • Place all trash inside of trash containers.
  • Never purposely feed birds.
  • Eliminate standing water from your property that birds could use as a water source.
  • Cut tree branches and shrubbery back from your home’s exterior walls.

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