Starlings, Pigeons and Sparrows
These three bird species are a nuisance to both businesses and home owners because of their tendency to roost and nest inside buildings. This often leads to clogged air vents and large amounts of feces inside vents, attic voids and across balcony floors. Although people often consider birds in a positive way in their backyard, birds nesting in a stove vent or attic is a significant nuisance. Their ability to carry and spread disease is easily equal to that of rats.
Starlings are the most common pest bird in residential houses in southern Ontario due to their enormous numbers. General appearance is medium size, squat and sturdy with generally black or dark brown feathers and white flecks (hence the name). They are quick to take flight and very social sometimes traveling in flocks of thousands. Starlings will eat any seed and sometimes small amounts of insects. They can reproduce at any time of year given the right conditions but generally have one clutch of about 5 babies in the spring.
Most people are well acquainted with this bird. They are excellent fliers and are often seen in flocks. Pigeons feed on open ground eating seeds or discarded scraps. They mate for life and roost on tall buildings where their droppings coat window sills and ledges. Droppings accumulate very quickly are corrosive and greatly speeds the erosion of concrete and roofing materials. They also contain bacteria which may occasionally cause health problems.
The house sparrow is a small mostly brown bird with a stubby beak. They are found in just about every corner of the world. Sparrows eat mostly seeds but will eat nearly anything in small amounts. There are many different species which have similar appearances and are often very hard to distinguish from one another. They are generally very aggressive for their size toward other birds. Sparrows can fit through very tiny cracks which makes homes and businesses very vulnerable to infestation.
Prevention and Treatment
Please refer to our Services Page for Aanteaters Integrated Pest Management program, this is the first step in eliminating your bird problem.