can be real pests
Pigeons roost on building ledges,
causing defacement and health risks
from their droppings.
Starlings and sparrows often nest
inside roof voids, causing thousands
of minute bird mites to enter the
The bites of bird mites are 10 times
worse than fleas and cause severe
skin irritation and blotching.
Various long term bird control
deterrent systems or products can be
used where pigeons are a problem.
This may include installation of
plastic or stainless steel spikes on
ledges or other roosting areas; post
and spring wire barriers and bird
netting to exclude pigeons from
In some areas, shooting of pigeons
may be allowed as approved by
National Parks & Wildlife Service
and the local police authorities.
Live trapping and humane disposal of
the pigeons is also permitted in
pest control professional for
an on site inspection, service
quotation and advice as to the
recommended service or product best
suited to the situation.
sparrows nesting in roof
voids can cause a bird mite
(sometimes called "bird lice")
infestation to become a serious
problem inside the home.
As noted above, the bites of bird
mites are 10 times worse than fleas
and cause severe skin irritation and
blotching, particularly to children
or people with sensitive skin.
Bird mite pest
control may include the use
of an insecticidal spray treatment
of the bird mite infestation in the
immediate bird nesting areas using a
synthetic pyrethroid insecticide
prior to removal of the bird nesting
Affected roof void areas may be
treated with a permethrin dust. In
addition, any bird mite infested
areas in the living quarters of the
home may be treated with natural
pyrethrins, as applied through a
fogging machine that disperses the
natural pyrethrin insecticide to
penetrate into nooks and crannies
where the bird mite may congregate.
CONSUMER NOTE: It is essential to
block off entry points to ensure
birds cannot rebuild a nest in the
roof void. We also recommend the
galvanized vermin wire or similar
products for bird proofing of
domestic and commercial buildings.
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