Pest birds such as Pigeons, Starlings, Indian Mynas and Sparrows can present many problems to humans and the environment. Apart from being detrimental to our natural environment and native species, they exploit many areas in which to make their nests. A common favourite is inside our roof spaces.
Recently we performed a service in Chatswood where the nest shown below nest was found in a customer’s roof and was full of Bird Mites. Once the nest was removed and the treated the Bird Mites were controlled.
How do birds access your home
Birds will access your roof via entry points such as broken tiles or capping. Often they can also enter via the guttering if the roofing is sitting in such a way that access is possible. Roof voids are an ideal place for birds to nest – it’s safe predators and protected from the elements.
This is the time of year, (spring – summer), when birds are nesting and breeding, one of the main problems with birds is the bird mites that come with them. Bird mites are small and very mobile mite, they are translucent in colour and barely visible to the naked eye. Once they have a blood meal they turn a red to black colour making them a bit easier to spot.
Health Issues and Problems
Bird mites are parasites which feed on the blood of common birds that will inhabit your roof if they have access. Birds that nest on external ledges or attached items such as air conditioning units can also lead to a bird mite problem. Humans usually only come into contact with bird mites once the young birds have left the nest or die.
Once the birds have left the nest bird mites will travel in search of a blood meal. They can’t survive on humans and will generally die within three weeks without a blood meal from a bird host but they will feed on humans they encounter. Bird mites can generate into large populations, you could literally have thousands dispersing through your home looking for food. Their bite is very irritating and causes a lot of discomfort to the occupier of the property.
How to prevent birds nesting at your property
- Proofing – Prevent birds from nesting within the roof cavity by sealing all access points. A pest controller is highly recommended to assess possible entry points. Once assessed proofing can be carried out. There are many proofing options available in the industry depending on the situation. From time to time a roofer may be required to repair broken tiles and the like.
- Removal of the nest – If accessible removing the nest is essential. Removing the nest removes their natural habitat, but removing just the nest alone may not be enough.
- Treatment – Removal of the nest should always be followed with a treatment to the affected area. If treatment is not applied the mites will take a lot longer to die. Without a bird host they will die in up to three weeks so treatment is highly recommended.
If you would like more information on how to manage bird pest problems at your property, call Amalgamated Pest Control Sydney.