Australia is home to some of the world’s most diverse bird populations, but pest birds threaten the very existence of many native birds. While some native birds struggle to survive, pest birds such as the Pigeon, Indian Myna and Starling multiply rapidly. Pest birds can quickly overtake native birds and create havoc. They leave droppings all over a building or property and can be loud and disruptive during nesting season.
The White Ibis, for example, will steal food from humans or animals and has earned itself some very unflattering names such as dumpster chook, tip turkey and rubbish raptor. The White Ibis is also a plunderer of wading birds and other native species. The Pigeon is a pest bird regarded as one of the most destructive in Australia. As an introduced species, it has become a significant problem across the country. Their droppings are acidic and turn fruit trees, vegetables and other crops yellow or brown.
Many spend vast sums of money on expensive gadgets and home remedies to rid themselves of bird pests but unlike professional bird control and bird proofing, they often aren’t effective. So why do pest birds keep coming back?
For many animals, the natural environment is a critical part of their survival. Habitats can provide shelter from the elements, food, and other resources necessary for survival. Birds that live in constantly changing or unpredictable environments may need to return to familiar territory to find food and mates. Some animals, such as birds and insects, use their habitat to navigate throughout their surroundings. Other animals use their habitat to protect themselves from predators or competitors. Pest birds evict native birds, take over their nests and even destroy the eggs. The loss of habitat forces a migration to other areas for food and survival.
Humans have had a chaotic effect on the environment. Many animals, especially birds, have been extirpated by deforestation and habitat loss. Habitat destruction can occur through habitat degradation due to human activities such as overgrazing, burning and pollution. Many bird species have declined in range and numbers due to human activities.
What are they eating?
In the world of agriculture, bird pests are a big problem. They destroy crops, contaminate food with their excrement, and spread diseases. Pest control is a necessary part of maintaining a healthy agricultural system. One way to control bird pests is to identify their food sources. Some birds are known to open bins and rifle through the trash for food. The open container and plundered contents will attract other pests such as cockroaches, rats or mice. Hence, it’s vitally important to ensure bins are never spilling over and bin lids are closed and secured.
Is there a food source nearby that may attract pest birds, such as feeding tables or pet bowls? Any food source nearby should be removed or kept inaccessible to the birds. The food source may be a few backyard fruit trees or even an orchard close to home. If your home is on the flight path to the orchard, your backyard is likely to be a target.
Disease and pest birds
Bird droppings may contain various disease-causing organisms such as salmonella and E-coli. Disease can spread through direct contact with droppings or contaminated food and water.
The diseases which birds carry are zoonotic, meaning they can cause harm to humans and other animals. In many cases, the conditions are severe and can be deadly. After feeding on an infected bird, vectors such as mosquitos also spread diseases such as the West Nile virus. Infections are also transmitted through the air by insects or airborne particles of bird faeces, nesting materials and feathers.
In addition to causing disease, bird pests cause financial and environmental damage. Bird pests consume valuable resources by consuming crops, disrupting the environment and creating a great deal of noise when congregating.
Pesticides used to combat bird pests can also have adverse effects on human health and the environment. Pest birds also disrupt ecosystems by destroying crops and spreading harmful insects and ectoparasites.
Urban bird pests
Urban areas are home to many different birds that can create problems for people. These include birds that eat insects, seeds, and other food sources; birds that nest in buildings or on power lines; and pranksters who drop objects on unsuspecting pedestrians. Cities have developed various bird control programs to protect people and their property from bird pests.
Bird feeders are common in urban areas because they attract the birds that people want to see. But if these feeders become breeding grounds, they can create a nuisance on their own. To get rid of the problem, some cities erect bird netting around buildings or power lines to keep them from nesting in certain areas.
The question of why pest birds keep coming back to an area has long been a mystery to scientists. Some theories suggest that the birds are attracted to the food or water sources in the area. In contrast, others say they might be habituated to humans and simply come back because they have become used to being around people.
What can be done to stop pest birds from coming back?
Why do pest birds keep coming back? Whatever the reason, it’s advisable to seek the advice of a professional pest controller. An expert eye can quickly detect the access points and reasons why pest birds keep returning. Professional products may be of better quality than DIY, or the installation may be more effective when installed by a professional. The real problem may be in a location which is inaccessible without specialist equipment and a trained eye.
Our fully certified and licensed experts will conduct a thorough survey of the property to determine where the problem lies. We use top grade materials to achieve the best results. We have specialist equipment to reach high and difficult places, and every job is guaranteed. In the rare event that the birds return, our expert pest controller will also return to ensure you can enjoy your home and garden pest free. Why spend hard earned money on gadgets that don’t work when you could use our tried and trusted service
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