The Flying Rat

It’s safe to say that humans and wild pigeons are not the best of friends. While there is a certain breed of pigeon bred for racing, and domesticated by humans, the pigeons perched on the side of your house, or walking along your balcony, are not that kind.

One unique thing about pigeons is that they are not afraid of humans. These birds thrive in human habitats. They can eat a wide array of food types, including human food which is why they have become so accustomed to human environments.

Since they enjoy human habitats so much, pigeons can pose a nuisance to both residential and business owners. Pigeons are known to transmit diseases and their droppings contain several threatening agents, including bacteria, fungi and even parasites. These agents can cause sicknesses similar to the flu, and potentially even worse!

Not only do these birds pose a health risk, but they are an immediate threat to your property. Their  droppings can build up a lot quicker than you would expect causing backed up drains or gutters. The uric acid found in their feces is also highly corrosive causing damage to buildings. They can erode wood, damage steel, destroy air conditioning units.  On top of that, they can present a situation in which humans may slip and fall.

The most effective method for deterring pigeons from your property is the 2″ StealthNet . StealthNet is a permenant solution as it is meant to completely seclude the area .

Another option is the Bird-Shock Flex-Track . This track emits a small, painless electrical shock to birds. It is a humane way of modifying the behavior of pigeons roosting on your property by conditioning them to not come back. It also has a sleek design that won’t take away from the aesthetics of your property.

Bird Spikes are another popular option as long as the birds aren’t nesting. The spike literally disables the birds from landing on the protected area. However, the spikes are dull enough that they cannot harm the birds.

Call 1(800)503-5444 for a consultation on products that will eliminate your pigeon problem. Or visit BirdBarrier.com and get all of the information you need as well as other options for your problem.

 

Calling all bird counters and a gang of turkeys

Bird Census

2010 is a great year for statisticians and bird lovers. April 1st is National Census Day and February 13 is the Great Backyard Bird Count. That’s right, it’s a census for birds. The National Audubon Society is holding a bird count and they’re counting on the public to help.

“Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from novice bird watchers to experts. Participants count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org.”

The national count will begin on On February 13 at 10:30 a.m. Great Backyard Bird Count

Gang of Turkeys

“Gang of turkeys terrorizes Athens neighborhood” is the title to an interesting article from the Augusta Chronicle about two highly aggressive turkeys attacking people in a small neighborhood. Wild turkeys are very cautious birds and will flee from any harmful situation, especially situations involving humans. Yet these turkeys seemed determined and fearless because they went from lawn to lawn charging at humans yielding anything from brooms to pool sticks. This gang of turkeys were unfortunately put down by the Department of Natural Resources. Gang of turkeys article

Bird Baby

A couple of weeks ago I posted a link to an article that compared the behavior of birds to schools of fish. The article that was referenced stated that birds change direction simultaneously as if they were communicating to evade predators. This week I found a very interesting photo of what a “school of birds” created.

Link to full story: Birds flock together to create big baby in the sky

Bird Nest Causes Chimney Fire

The pjstar reported that a bird’s nest caused an estimated $20,000 damage to a North Peoria home after igniting inside the flue of the chimney. According to the report, most of the fire was contained to the area of the fireplace, with minor damage to the attic of the home. “A bird’s nest located around the firebox and flue area appeared to have been ignited by the heat of a fire in the fireplace, then spread flames to the area around the chimney.”

Central County Fire & Rescue warn home owners about the potential fire hazards of abandoned bird nests in chimney flues.

“Bird nests in the chimney flue can ignite and extend to the rest of your house. In the spring, birds build nests up in high places; trees, utility poles, houses and, of course, chimney flues. The eggs hatch and the birds abandon the nest through the summer. During the first cold snap in the fall, everyone lights up the first fire of the season. If the flue has not been checked, a hot ember can be carried up the thermal column in the flue and land in the flammable nesting material. The burning nest can either burn out harmlessly or fall onto your roof or into the combustible chase, or through an opening in your attic, causing a major fire.”

It is important to have your chimney flue checked prior to the first ignition of your fireplace for the winter season. In order to prevent birds from roosting and nesting in your fireplace throughout the year, bird deterrents may be a viable option. For a complete listing of humane bird repellents, please visit Bird Barrier America.