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Birds are a welcome addition to our communities, but when they begin to negatively impact our environment by roosting or nesting in unwanted areas, they can become a nuisance.
More than just a nuisance, birds pose a health hazard and can damage buildings and building materials. The effects caused by birds accumulating in unwanted areas can be devastating.

Health Risk

Birds, bird droppings and nesting materials can carry 60 different diseases and ectoparasites that can be passed to humans and animals. If dried bird droppings are found near ventilation systems, they can travel through buildings potentially infecting inhabitants.

Devalued Property

Bird droppings and nests are an unattractive feature for homes and businesses. If birds are allowed to nest at a property for an extended period of time, the presence of their nests, possible diseases and ecto-parasites and bird droppings can devalue a property and have the neighbors complaining.

Cost / Time of Cleanup

If you are spending time regularly cleaning bird droppings or nesting materials from your home, backyard, boat or other areas, you are exposing yourself to potentially hazardous materials on a regular basis. Not to mention the time wasted on regular clean-up.

Property Damage

Droppings are highly acidic and can corrode buildings materials and stain fabrics. These will need restoration or complate replacement if the droppings are left long enough.

Clogged Drains

Droppings and nesting materials regularly clog drains and gutters. This can cause other problems on roofs and other areas by damming water and creating the potential of flooding.

Lost or Damaged Crops

Birds can be quite a nuisance for backyard gardeners. They can swoop in and decimate backyard edibles in a matter of hours or days. After spending the season, planting and tending to your garden, they can literally eat the fruits of your labor.

Primarily, pigeons, sparrows, and starlings. Federal law protects all other birds. Even so-called "pest" birds are protected to various degrees by state and local laws.
The most effective, safe, economical, and humane way is to disable nesting and roosting sites. This is known as habitat modification. Contact your local Urban Wildlife Society for detailed information, including simple do-it-yourself ideas.