Birdwatching is an activity that fascinates people; it gives avid fans a chance to relax outdoors while watching birds react with each other in their natural habitats. But around your facility, there should be little to no bird activity.
Although some birds are beautiful creatures to watch, others are considered pests that can wreak havoc on your property and products. There are three types of birds in particular that you should discuss with your pest management provider: pigeons, sparrows and starlings. Some facility managers may consider these animals to be simply a nuisance to their property; however, the threats these birds pose are far more serious.
Pigeons, sparrows and starlings can damage the structural integrity of your facility because their droppings harbor acids that can harm machinery and exterior walls, as well as corrode metal. The debris and feathers from bird nests have been known to clog drains and gutters, leaving standing water that is conducive for other pests to breed and thrive. Additionally, to build their nests, birds sometimes bring back items like cigarettes that are still lit, which have caused facility fires in the past.
Aside from causing structural damage to properties, birds can transmit a respiratory illness called Histoplasmosis through their droppings, which can put you and your staff at risk. Molted feathers can also lead to respiratory problems and both feathers and droppings can contaminate packaging and products.
Keep in mind that birds are not simply a nuisance. To prevent property damage, potential product contamination and negative health effects, you should work with a pest management professional to incorporate a bird control strategy into your overall Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. As with other pest problems, the solution to bird activity should be tailored to the type of birds involved. In fact, the type of bird must be identified before beginning a treatment program because local laws and ordinances can present harsh penalties for harming protected species or disturbing their nests.
Read the following characteristics to learn more about the behavior of these birds so you can work with your pest management provider to prepare the best response.