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Impact Pest Birds Can Have On Your Business

pigeon resting on local commercial facility

Owning and operating a business is complicated. The last thing any business owner or manager needs is the added complications that can arise from having pest birds. If you're not aware of what these complications are, take a moment to learn a few important facts about the following pest birds.

Pigeons

When it comes to pest birds, the pigeon is the big boy on the block. These birds are opportunity eaters that get into dumpster and trash heaps to find a bite to eat. Don't let their colorful blue plumage fool you, these are dirty birds. If you're hoping to keep pigeons out of your business, you should know that you're in for a challenge. Pigeons are very smart. One study confirmed that pigeons were able to recognize the faces of people who were familiar to them from portions of photographs. So it is not surprising that these birds have been found doing clever things like opening automatic doors by pushing the appropriate button.

Sparrows

These birds might not be much to look at in terms of size, but sparrows have aggressive nesting habits that often displace native species in regions the birds are introduced. Nests created by sparrows are elaborate and often create issues for business owners because they can clog gutter systems and create a fire hazard in electrical boxes. The last thing you want to do is feed these birds french fries when they come onto your property. Let the customers at fast food restaurants to that.

European Starlings

This is a tough, smart, and adaptable bird which is known for bullying native species. Since its introduction to the United States at the end of the 19th century, it has spread to cover all of North America. The European starling is a prolific crop pest that has led many farmers to cover entire crops with netting, but they can be a plague for any business.

General Bird Problems

  • The droppings left by birds are corrosive. This is because birds don't urinate. They excrete uric acid in their feces makes their droppings potent enough to eat away at concrete.
  • Exposure to droppings is a health concern. Birds are linked to many human illnesses including histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, avian influenza, and more.
  • Droppings require clean up. This increases the cost of water, and employees must be taken off other more important tasks to take care of this cleanup.
  • Droppings can contaminate food supplies. This is especially troublesome in a warehouse or storage facility.
  • Roosts require clean up. When birds roost on ledges, in rafters, and other locations, their roosts can be unsightly. Clean up of roosts is not only a chore, it requires proper safety gear such as masks and ventilators.
  • Birds have the potential to be noisy guests when they perch on a business.

Pest Bird Control

At Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators, we offer our customers humane solutions for pest birds. When birds come to roost, anti-roost systems like coils, spikes, anti-roost gels, and shock tracks let those birds know that they're not welcome. When pest birds try to get into sensitive areas or perch above a location where customers will be seated, netting keeps those birds out. For complicated bird control situations where nets are not practical, aversion fogging keeps birds away. Our team uses a wide range of products as well as industry-leading bird control protocols to ensure proper management of pest bird species.

Our team also offers proactive, humane bird trapping and specialized cleaning and sanitation services. No matter what your needs might be, you can count on our team of experienced bird control technicians to guide you to an effective solution.

If you have questions about pest birds or bird control that were not addressed in this article, give us a call. We'd love to hear from you. And, of course, if you need bird elimination or exclusion services, we'd be happy to help with that too. Find out if you're in our extensive Illinois service area and get in touch with us today. Birds can bring a lot of problems with them. Get control of those birds with a little help from Quik-Kill.

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