We Can Get the Birds Out and Keep Them From Coming Back in!
Some bird species like to take up roosting near the homes of humans. Starlings, sparrows, and pigeons are some of the most destructive breeds that we are most often called out to assist with.
Birds become problematic when the roost in our homes and buildings. Their accumulation of highly acidic bird droppings causes significant damage to metal and shingles. They often choose to roost in awnings over doorways, causing their droppings and nesting materials to accumulate near entrances that humans use, causing an unsightly and unsanitary mess.
Aside from the structural damage, birds can pose a health concern to humans.
Our wildlife removal process offers a quick, humane, safe and effective solution to your invasive bird problem.
How We Remove Birds
Each bird removal situation is unique so we have developed a 3 step process to provide you with the most effective solution.
STEP 1 – We come to your site to identify the main roosting and nesting areas.
STEP 2 – We determined the best method and present you with a proposal for treating your bird problem efficiently. Depending on the species, we may need to get permits for their removal. We handle all of this paperwork for you.
STEP 3 – Evict the birds, clean up where needed, and install the bird-proofing hardware to keep them from returning.
BIRD TO HUMAN DISEASE CONCERNS
Bird droppings can harbor serious diseases such as histoplasmosis and various strains of bird flu. When working around bird roosting areas, take precautions to avoid inhaling dust from dried droppings! Treating a lung infection from inhaling bird droppings can be costly. We can save you the hassle by handling your bird problem in a safe and effective manner.
Every Spring, birds begin the search for their next home. They favor the hidden, hard-to-reach crevices in the eaves and openings of a house. They also like to hang out near exhaust vents and furnace vents that offer perceived safety for their little families.
Ironically, the bird feeders we put up to attract them can create costly headaches for the homeowner when the birds decide they want more than just a few seeds. Remove the bird feeders to save the headache of bird removal.
We enjoy birds as much as the next person. However, you need to be prepared to combat invasive nesting and pesky behavioral patterns. You don’t need them pecking their way into your home or clogging your gutters, vents, or eaves.
Ornithologists estimate that there are 650 species of birds in North America. Thankfully, there is only a handful that causes major problems. We are often called to remove pigeons for our urban clients. Pigeons love the balconies, terraces, and ledges around windows that provide them a comfortable vantage for watching for new food sources. Plastic owls are a favorite tool for combating these pests. As you have likely discovered, these birds soon learn that the owls are no threat, and it is not uncommon to see the pigeons using the owl as perch.
Woodpeckers can present two problems for the homeowner. During the mating season, males try to attract a mate by ”drumming’’. Usually, they drum on a tree, but your house will work well also. There are resonators that can be made and mounted near your house to encourage them to drum there instead of your house.
It becomes a serious problem when the woodpecker chooses your home as a source of food. They drill sessions of holes into your siding or trim as they hunt for insects. Sometimes this is a sign that you need a pest control company to come out and spray for insects that are hiding in your siding.
The best thing to do in this circumstance is to call an insect control specialist to remove all insects then Contact Mullis Brothers Services to remove nests, or repair any damage done.
Bird’s Nest in My Dryer Vent!
Checking and cleaning the dryer vent is that one maintenance issue that we always put off. The little birdies take advantage of that and move into the tight, comfortable dryer space, filling it with sticks, twigs and other flammable materials.
If you find your dryer taking longer to get the clothes dry, don’t assume that there is something wrong with the dryer. A longer dry cycle is a clear warning sign of a clogged duct.
To prevent fires, check your duct frequently. It is not uncommon to find active nests inside of these vents.. sometimes inside the house where they travel through the vent and take up residence inside the flexible tubing of your dryer.
What can you do when birds become pests?
Federal and state laws protect all wild birds (except English sparrows, pigeons, and starlings)
You should get expert advice from your state wildlife control officers at Mullis Brothers Services by calling (704) 349-2891.
Disease organisms that thrive in the nutrient-rich droppings of birds are the key concern when it comes to health risks from these invasive pests. The piles of bird droppings, feathers and debris can not only provide the perfect habitat for major bacterial growth but also, specifically, avian bacteria.
These droppings pose a slip and fall accident risk, harbor numerous human pathogens and, when dried, translate those pathogens into airborne diseases. It is difficult to quantify the risk a human has of getting a disease from birds or from their droppings since exposure to the disease does not always directly relate in an illness if the individual has a strong immune system. Additionally, bird-related diseases are not generally reported to health authorities, making it difficult to obtain hard data.
- Histoplasmosis is a respiratory disease that does have a history of causing fatalities. It arises from a fungus that grows in the desiccated bird droppings. It can exist in either the yeast form or the filamentous form, making it especially pervasive.
- Candidiasis is a well-known yeast. Common to humans, it can also be spread by pigeons. This disease targets the mucous areas of the human body such as the mouth, the respiratory system, the intestines, and the urogenital tract, causing re-infections even with treatment.
- Cryptococcosis is caused by a fungus that lives inside the intestinal tract of pigeons. Starlings also carry it. The early signs of this illness manifest as a pulmonary disease and then spreads later to the central nervous system. found in the intestinal tract of pigeons and starlings. The illness often begins as a pulmonary disease and may later affect the central nervous system. If you have birds in your attic, it is very likely that cryptococcosis is present there as well.
- St. Louis encephalitis, this inflammation of the nervous system, causes drowsiness, headaches, and fever. In severe cases, it may lead to paralysis coma and — in the rarest of instances — death. It is especially fatal to people over the age of 60. While not directly related to a bird infestation, this illness is spread by mosquitos that live in an area with a bird infestation.
- Salmonellosis most people identify this as related to food poisoning. This bacteria can also be traced to common urban birds such as pigeons, starlings, and other rodents. If died droppings are in an attic where the central air system runs, then it can be sucked into the central heating or cooling system and spread through the house an airborne contaminant. It can contaminate humans directly or spread to exposed food, grow and then create a greater risk.
- E.coli infection: This is one of the most common infections that can be caused by an enteric bacteria. It is spread in fecal matter. When birds peck seeds out of manure or in areas that are also frequented by animals, they can contract the ecoli and spread it in their droppings.
We specialize in understanding North Carolina’s laws regarding wildlife removal and are certified to operate inside North Carolina in compliance with all laws. Most of our practice area is in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding cities.