Although birds are often harmless outdoors, they can become a nuisance when they invade your attic. Birds are responsible for making large messes when roosting in an attic. They also carry potentially harmful diseases and parasites. Not only do you want to get birds out of your attic, you’ll want to make adjustments to keep them away permanently.
Signs of a Bird Problem
Birds are very easy to spot and identify. If birds are coming into your attic, you can identify them by their incessant chirping. They also can make noises as they walk and scratch about the attic. Birds are also messy and leave behind nesting materials and large amounts of droppings.
Birds are more than nuisances; they can also pose a risk to human health. They carry parasites such as lice, ticks and fleas. Their droppings can also carry diseases like encephalitis.
Removing Birds from Attic
Birds won’t leave an attic unless you take action. In fact, birds can remain in an attic for three to four months. Many laws protect birds; so don’t attempt to kill the birds as a way to remove them. The use of poison or toxic gases is never recommended to resolve a bird invasion. Kill traps are also dangerous and messy to clean up. Traps that don’t harm the animals are the safest and most humane way to get rid of birds from an attic. A lure of birdseed could get the bird into the trap and once enclosed inside the trap, they can be released outdoors.
Excluding the birds from an attic is another method to use. Open any windows and remove all screens. Play loud music to startle the birds enough to fly outdoors. Once the attic is free of birds, inspect the space. If you come across any nests, relocate them outdoors to encourage the birds not to return. Wear protective clothing and a breathing filter at all times when attempting to remove birds. A deep clean will need to be done after the birds are out of the attic. Apply a disinfectant spray to all surfaces and wipe down the areas. Remove any nesting materials and bird droppings.
Preventing a Future Bird Invasion
Inspect the attic completely after you have removed the birds. Check for any openings the birds could possibly use to invade your attic again. Seal any cracks or holes you come across. Chicken wire is a low-cost way to block bird entranceways into your attic. Larger holes may require professional repair.
Repellent products like audio alarms are sold to keep away birds. However, birds often get used to the sounds made by the device and it will no longer work as an effective deterrent. However, one possible repellent that may work is the use of bird spikes. Weather-resistant bird spikes are manufactured from stainless steel or plastic. Once installed on your roof, the birds won’t be able to land and enter your attic.
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