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Birds

General Information

Bird control is quickly becoming a large part of Terminix Canada’s pest control services.

While birds are beautiful to admire from afar, they impose risks and threats on you and your family when that distance closes. With harmful characteristics that cause damage to your home, such as droppings, shed feathers, diseases, and parasites, birds need to be removed from your business or residency immediately. Terminix Canada is dedicated to removing the dangers of a bird influx in an ecologically safe manner.

After inspecting and assessing your specific bird problem, Terminix Canada devises a removal plan that goes hand-in-hand with a permanent solution to stop them from returning. We work to provide you with an entirely humane solution, with a happy outcome for both you and the birds.

House Sparrow & Starling

The sparrow is approximately 6 inches long. The female and young are dull brown with a dirty white breast and brow. The startling is approximately 7 – 8 inches long. Their colour changes with the season; in the summer, they’re purplish black with an iridescent sheen, and in the winter they appear speckled.

Order/Family

Passeriformes/Passeridae

Order/Family

Passeriformes/Sturnidae

Scientific Name

Passer domesticus

Scientific Name

Sturnus vulgaris Linnaeus

Biology

Sparrow and starling eggs vary in colour from white to light blue. Each sparrow lays 5-6 eggs, and they require 10 to 14 days to incubate. They have approximately 2 – 3 broods per year. The starling lays 2 – 8 eggs, and they require the same 12 – 14-day window to incubate. They have approximately 2 broods per year. Starlings leave the nest approximately 3 weeks after they hatch.

Behaviour

Sparrows prefer to nest in protected man-made or natural environments, such as openings in structures, gutters, signs, light fixtures, etc. Sparrows will displace other birds from their nests and use it as their own. Sparrows frequently nest in kitchens, bathrooms, ovens and dryer vents.

Starlings also like to nest in residential venting systems. The starling’s diet consists of insects, soft fruits, grains, and seeds. Their droppings contain a variety of disease-causing bacteria and fungi.

Control

The most important step in bird control is to have the area inspected to determine the species, population size, location of problem, equipment required, etc., by a professional pest control company. Since there are a variety of methods that can be used to eliminate these birds, such as trapping, netting, spike systems, etc., it is important to contact a pest control company to determine the correct treatment for your situation.

Since these birds have a proclivity to nest in residential spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, dryers and oven vents, it is necessary to consult a credible pest control company to quickly eliminate birds from these areas.

Pigeons

There are approximately 11 species of pigeons in North America. This bird is approximately 13 inches long, with colours varying from white, to black with an iridescent sheen. This bird has a stocky body, short legs and neck, and a small head.

Order/Family

Columbiformes/Columbidae

Scientific Name

Columba livia Gmelin

Biology

Their white eggs are laid one-to-two at a time and require approximately 18 days to incubate. The eggs are incubated by both parents, and approximately two to five broods are produced per year. The young are born featherless and are completely dependent on the parent birds for the first month for warmth and food. The young leave the nest approximately one month after they hatch. Pigeons live from 4 to 12 years.

Behaviour

Pigeons have become the most troublesome bird pest associated with buildings. They can nest in a variety of hard-to-reach locations, such as building ledges, signs, air conditioners, etc. Pigeons nest during all seasons, conditions permitting. They’ll feed on anything they can get their beaks on: garbage, vegetable matter, insects, and handouts. The pigeon’s very acidic droppings can cause significant damage to equipment, painted surfaces, marble, limestone, etc. Droppings can also contain a variety of disease-causing bacteria & fungi. Many of the parasitic mites associated with pigeons also bite humans.

Control

The most important step in bird control is to have the area assessed to determine the species, population size, location of problem, and equipment required. Since there are a variety of methods that can be used to eliminate these birds, such as trapping, netting, spike systems, etc., it is important to contact a pest control company to determine the right treatment for your location.

Contact Terminix Canada today

If you are experiencing any sort of bird disturbance. Upon assessing the situation and coming up with a treatment plan, satisfaction is guaranteed for everyone involved in this process - from human to fine, feathered friend.

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