The birds are chirping and fluttering around. You're more than happy to hear and see the birds in your backyard. After all, that's why you hung the feeders near your home. You knew that the seed would attract a few feathered friends to watch from your windows or from your deck. But what you hadn't anticipated on was just how close the birds would get.
Not only are the birds flying around your yard, but it seems like they've also found their way inside and become pests instead of a perk. Even though you're more than happy to have a few feathered friends hanging out in your trees, birds cause problems if they make their way indoors.
If you think you might have a bird infestation, take a look at what you need to know about the birds invading your space.
Spaces Birds Favor
So where do birds like to live indoors? A bird might want to live anywhere in your indoor home area, but there are a few spaces that they seem to favor. Two of these are attics and chimneys. The birds need to get in somehow, and your open chimney or open attic window or vent system offer easy entry points.
Your chimney is tall, slim and kind of looks like a tree to a bird. Birds sometimes fly in an uncapped chimney, build their nests along the walls, and make their homes there.
Likewise, birds might fly in through an opened attic window or an open vent and find a cozy little spot, possibility in the rafters, to build their home.
Signs of Infestation
You probably don't look into your chimney or attic often. How do you know if you have a bird infestation if you can't see them in your indoor spaces? One of the first signs that you have birds are the sounds of chirping from inside your home.
It's not always easy to distinguish indoor and outdoor bird noises. An open window can bring the sounds inside, and a bird's nest that's in a tree near a window may make it difficult to tell if there are sounds from inside your house.
You can listen for other sounds besides chirping to identify an infestation. These sounds include unexplained rustling or scratching coming from chimney or attic areas. If a bird is caught in a small space and can't fly out, you may hear its claws against the wall or interior area.
Other signs to look for include bird droppings and a strong smell. While the birds probably won't smell, their droppings may.
The difference between a wanted pet bird and one that has taken over an area of your home is pretty major. Along with being an uninvited guest, a bird can cause problems for your home. Birds can block your chimney flue or cause damage to your woodwork or rafters.
Birds also present health concerns. Birds carry disease and pests, such as ticks or mites. Their droppings may harbor harmful bacteria that can make you or your family sick. Histoplasmosis is one of the main bird dropping-borne infections that can put you at risk. Because bird droppings can become airborne, you don't necessarily have to come in direct contact with the droppings to feel the ill-effects of this illness.
Breathing in fungal spores from the bird's excrement can make you sick too. While many people don't show symptoms after catching an infection from birds, babies, young children, the elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system may develop serious problems.
Do you have birds in your home? Removing them yourself isn't always a realistic option. Trust an expert that has the knowledge and tools to safely get the birds and their nests out of your home. Contact us today for a free inspection.