Bad Bird

BIRDS! These flying creatures do things like control real pests — insects and rodents. Some of our feathery friends even feed from, therefore destroying, certain kinds of weeds.

Nevertheless, humans need to be careful when they come in physical contact with these wild creatures. They can transmit disease and make a general mess when they poop all over your deck or car.

Be forewarned. With the exception of the European starling, pigeons and house sparrows, birds are actually Federally protected as a form of life. Dig deeper. You might even see some local or state laws that seriously discourage folks from certain forms of bird control.

Bird by Bird

At the top of the list of winged animals that cause real health concerns are the common pigeon. Other than congregating in large numbers in parks, they can throw a wrench in machinery when they build nests among the devices. On the disease front, pigeons carry encephalitis, dangerous parasites as well  histoplasmosis.


Fixing a pigeon problem isn’t as easy as moving the nests. They still have a homing instinct that will bring them back to the scene of their crimes unless you relocate them at least 10 miles from the original site. They get used to loud noises, so an occasional blast becomes commonplace. They adapt to the earsplitting sounds.

There is hope in the form of a repellent that you can apply to roofs, cornices, ledges, peaks and roosting sites that keep them from landing. Since they need water, hate to tell you, but that bird bath may need to go.

The Starling Story

While they carry the same diseases as pigeons, starlings travel in huge numbers — sometimes up to a thousand can be spotted in a flock. Enough of them can kill trees. Unfortunate people who leave their autos near a congregatation will receive a new paint job in the span of a day.


These little guys will also scare-off other desirable species of birds.

You can use the same fix to rid an area of starlings. That identical gel will need to be applied to the similar surfaces as you’d slap on for a pigeon. In other words, you get rid of two birds with one product.

At Long Last, House Sparrows

These are not real, honest-to-Pete sparrows. They actually belong to a group known as weaver finches. Breeding like rabbits, they’ll quickly crowd-out other good birds from the neighborhood. Danger: They carry nearly 30 types of diseases that can infect livestock, other critters and humans.


Maybe we should update what we wrote earlier. You can get rid of three birds with the same product mentioned before. Don’t think you’re going to scare them away. Won’t work. You can try bird netting in the areas where they congregate. But sometimes you need a pretty long ladder. That by itself could pose a danger to you when you accidentally try to be like a bird and fall from a high place.

You can only fly in your dreams, in airplanes and dirigibles.

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