Bird Control & Bird Proofing

While songbirds, game birds, and many other species are joyful to see, can be beneficial to keeping insect and rodent populations down, and can even be protected by law, pest birds are also prominent across the United States—including Athens, GA.

Are Birds Legally Protected?

Because of their contributions to nature, the majority of bird species are protected by law in the Athens area (and all of Georgia). The only bird species that are not protected are starlings, sparrows, and pigeons. The prominence of these bird pets will often require bird-proofing methods in order to keep them away for good.

What Kind of Damage do Birds Cause?Pigeons on a wire in Athens

The biggest issue overall with the following pest birds is simply their presence; these birds are not known for being sanitary and can transmit diseases through feathers, droppings, and direct contact. Their dietary habits are also troublesome, as they often get into lawn vegetation and/or gardens and crops. Learn more about potential bird problems in Athens below.

Starlings—This invasive bird is notorious for pushing out native birds like owls and woodpeckers, and causing damage to harvests. Especially when in large numbers, starlings are loud and disruptive. Not only are their droppings dangerous, but they can help spread invasive seeds.

Sparrows—Like starlings, sparrows are also competition for native birds. Though they are small, sparrows are mighty and aggressive, and they can push their way into food sources meant for native birds. House sparrows are also known for nesting inside holes in the siding of Athens homes.

Pigeons—Perhaps the most likely to come to mind when someone mentions a pest bird, pigeons are definitely considered a pest for a reason. Their feces, commonly found littered across surfaces where they live (like your Athens roof), contain high amounts of uric acid which can begin to disintegrate surface materials like concrete.

How Do I Get Rid of Birds?

Bird netting and bird deterrent methods like bird spikes can be effective once the bird has been removed. Capturing birds proves difficult for many residents because they’re able to fly and therefore evade capture.

The best way to keep birds off your building is to not let them land at all. This is where bird netting and spike-like deterrent methods come in. Your Critter Control of Athens bird control technician will be able to get rid of birds on your home or business. We will work closely with you to make sure the birds are removed in a humane but effective manner.

We can help you get rid of bird problems. Call our Athens office today!

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Birds may be beneficial, neutral or harmful to man's interests, depending upon time, location and activity, and certain birds (sparrows, woodpeckers, waterfowl, pigeons and black birds) are more likely to become pests and require bird proofing and bird control.
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