Watching birds float around the sky is one of nature’s most fascinating sights. However, when you have birds roosting on your house or property, you begin to realize they’re not as adorable as they seem from afar.
Many bird species like feral pigeons, house sparrows, common starlings, crows, and gulls are classified as pests because of the havoc they can wreak.
Birds sometimes pick up residence in buildings and they roost in places like beams, attics, warehouses, parking garages, and more. Residential buildings, as well as industrial buildings, in the South Florida area, are commonly disturbed by some of these pest birds. Here are some of the damages they can cause:
Diminishing the structural integrity of a building
The feces of birds are known to be corrosive, which accelerates rust when it comes in contact with metallic surfaces. Woodpeckers, in particular, are known to directly damage wooden structures.
Pollution & health risks
Having bird feces all around a property is unhygienic. In industrial plants, it can contaminate raw materials. Furthermore, birds are known to transmit over 60 diseases to humans through their feces, including histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis.
Birds also steal agricultural produce. If you have a garden at home, they will eat your fruits before you get a chance to do so.
We understand the frustration birds can cause and that’s why we are here to help you out.
Damages Birds Can Cause in Your Attic
Of all of the nuisance wildlife that could get into your attic, birds are not that bad, right? Wrong! As it turns out birds can actually be very destructive, and they can potentially cause serious damage when they get into your attic. It is very important to remove the birds as soon as possible. Continue reading to learn more about the damages birds can cause in your attic.
One of the seemingly harmless, yet highly destructive problems that birds cause is insulation damage. When birds begin making nests once they are in your attic, they will often use a lot of insulation. In addition, the droppings the birds leave everywhere can also begin to ruin your insulation’s insulative properties. Since insulation is vital to homes, this damage that birds cause can be costing you large sums of money in increased energy bills in the long run. Not to mention, the droppings the birds leave everywhere will stain the insulation and make it smell, potentially spreading bad odors around your home.
One serious problem that birds cause while in attics is the potential for rapid corrosion. Bird droppings are highly corrosive, and while this does not seem like that big of a problem in some homes, in others it really can be. Since this corrosive material will cause the metal to rust and corrode at a rapid pace, it can eventually cause a serious weakening of the structural strength of metals. At best, this could just mean a piece of non-load-bearing metal eventually gives away. At worst, a portion of the roof of a home or building could collapse, costing a lot of money to repair, and possibly even harming people. Corrosion is especially serious in commercial buildings or in any public works, as these have the potential to harm dozens of people at once, with no advance warning at all.
While woodpeckers are unique creatures, this also causes them to be highly destructive, as far as bird species go. Woodpeckers are often found ramming their beak into wooden structures in search of food, or sometimes, even shelter. This carving of holes might not seem like a big deal, but it can be very serious. First off, the carving of holes can weaken wooden structures, which is especially serious if they are load-bearing. Once there are holes in wood, the smallest amount of moisture could cause them to begin rotting, which could eventually lead to a total collapse of the entire wooden structure. This is a serious reason, and it should be dealt with by removing the birds as soon as possible.
Why hire Absolute Critter?
Here at Absolute Critter we have years of experience in dealing with bird problems in attics, as well as bird problems virtually anywhere. Whether you need someone to perform wildlife removal services, or you are looking for decontamination, wildlife exclusion, or animal damage repairs, we have you covered. If you have a nuisance wildlife problem of any kind, be sure to give us a call or text at (772) 398-2600 today, as we would love to help you out!