Birds can add to the natural feel of a home and garden, but some may cause damage to your home if allowed to nest, roost or look for food. Australian native species such as cockatoos can cause immense damage to wooden structures of a home like decks, railings and frames. Using netting, spikes and other preventative measures can ensure that your home remains undamaged by birds.
Bird damage to homes
Pigeons, starlings and seagulls can cause damage to homes with their droppings. Rainwater tanks can also become contaminated via droppings on the roof. Starlings along with several other species such as blackbirds and swallows also love to nest in the eaves of your roof. This is not only unhygienic but can also cause mess and fouling from droppings.
Cockatoos, corellas and galahs can cause immense structural damage to your home simply by ripping the wood off in their powerful beaks. Many Australian families have put food and seeds out for these native birds, only to find that when they are away on holidays and no food is present that the birds start attacking the wood. It should be noted that because these are native birds they are protected. You should not attempt to trap, harm or kill them but should seek advice from your local council on how to control the problem.
Proofing against bird invasion
Following some simple guidelines should ensure that your home is not invaded by pest birds.
- Close up the entry points to your home and gaps in your roof. Under roof tiles, the roof valley, drain pipes, chimneys and vents are all vulnerable to bird entry.
- Bird wire and netting, pop riveting tin or aluminium sheets may be used to close gaps and secure any inviting entry points
- Wire strung at about 10 – 20 cms above roosting can deter birds from sitting in usual spots
- Bird spikes or other sharp objects can be attached to landing points to deter landing
- Powders and sprays are available to guard against bird lice
- Bird scarers can include visual scarers such as cut out cats, eyes, kites, balloons and wind propelled lightweight spinners. Objects that reflect sunlight scare birds that may be unfamiliar with the area. But birds quickly become acclimatized to such scarers when they realise that the objects are not alive.
Other bird control methods
There are other chemical deterrents, baiting and trapping methods which are used as part of bird pest control. Consulting a bird control professional is necessary as baiting and trapping needs to be carried out within certain legal guidelines and licences.
Bird problems in the home
Birds can cause damage to your home, may spread diseases such as bird mites and can foul your home and water supply. Easy preventative measures such as closing entry points, making roosting and landing areas unattractive and repelling birds with scarers and reflective items will safeguard your home without causing the birds any harm. By protecting your home you can enjoy it and the wildlife, knowing that each is safe from the other.