March 2015 - Scottish Pest Control
WHY BIRD PROOFING IS NEEDED

WHY BIRD PROOFING IS NEEDED

Although we like to look at some of the more beautiful birds and may enjoy the songs they sing each morning, birds can actually cause many problems for your health and home. Birds that are nesting will seek out a proper spot for their nests as well as materials to use when building it. This material may be mostly organic, but it can also include any loose pieces of your house that they can get a strong enough hold on. Some of the most common areas for them to create their nests are inside house gutters, drain pipes, vents, attics, or similarly enclosed places. All these locations hinder the functions of your home and create unnecessary trouble for you. In addition to these issues, bird droppings are generally highly acidic. A buildup of droppings over time will affect the integrity of whatever material it collects on. Health is another concern you should keep in mind. These same bird droppings and nests can be breeding grounds for many different diseases. Bacteria responsible for diseases such as viral Pneumonia, West Nile, and Salmonellae can be found in the waste of many species of birds, creating a huge health risk to those living in the house. DO-IT-YOURSELF TIPS Whenever you are considering bird proofing your home, you want to find ways of doing this that will not cause permanent harm to the birds themselves. Although they are pests, they are also a necessary part of the local eco-system and should not be removed from it. Here are a few things you can do for yourself to help keep the birds out of...