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Flying Rats

Flying Rats,

So this netting is there to stop the pigeons from landing, and obviously it isn’t working. Birds don’t like landing on things they cannot see. With the netting in place the birds should refrain from landing and the load of the roof with feces should be minimized. Over years the buildup of feces can add considerable weight to the structure and possibly cause the collapse.

What can be done?

  1. Readjust the netting, create higher peaks.
  2. Possibly add deterrents like mechanical owls or flashing devices.
  3. Birds are adaptable so you must think and be proactive.

If this is a house with birds or pigeons, you must stop them from nesting. Use hardware cloth NOT chicken wire. Think like the birds. Call a Pest Management Professional such as ProBest Pest Management 480-831-9328

Flying Rats

Birds

Birds

I’m often amused at how people attempt to fix pest issues, but as you can see it usually doesn’t work. Chicken wires look terrible and plastic spikes don’t bend and usually turn brown. The birds often find way to nest in the plastic and again it looks bad, really bad. I really dislike pigeons, they poop in their nest and if a baby chick dies they build right on top and continue raising new chicks. Spend the money and hire a  Pest Management Professional, it will look good and be done right. We usually have seen it all before and can make recommendations on the work. Also a quick note, don’t put rocks or brick up there they might work for a time but will fail.

 

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Chicken wire sub-par work

Chicken wire = sub-par work

Chicken wire isn’t in my repertoire of work stuff, I think it looks unprofessional. This looks like a DIY or do it yourself job and wouldn’t cut the muster at my place. This is especially true if it was the front of the home or business, for just a little bit of time and money please use hardware cloth. Square angles will assist in making the corners and the entire job look better. trust me.

Hardware cloth can be worked into straight lines, and also screwed into place or bent under shingles or tiles. Pigeons are generational and will continue for life to nest in areas of your home. As a result the birds must be convinced to abandon the spot and they will continue to roost on the higher peaks. If there are 2 story homes in the neighborhood, they will use those areas to keep watch. They will nest in areas that afford them opportunities to have their back.

Look for  possible nesting areas.

In conclusion, discourage them, don’t feed them.

Chicken wire

Flocking

Flocking

Flocking (is that a word) – Roosting and Nesting?

If you have an issue like this, you might have poop everywhere? Here’s your sign, right? They would gather and then fly to one roof where they would just roost and enjoy their day. At night they may go back to one particular home and nest. Poop everywhere and their nest are disgusting, poop and old dead bodies. Gross! I personally think pigeons are nasty, but there are ways to remove them from your home or business and you need a professional to combat them

  • Looks for signs like poop and feathers.
  • Maybe they nesting, check corners and areas where they can have their back against a wall.
  • Do they gather at your place or a neighbors?

Flocking

The Birds

The Birds

I really hate the mess these birds make, they poop and we track it in. A lot of animals create havoc in our lives including rodents and pigeons. They can build nest within our homes and after we get rid of them we may have secondary issues with parasites and other potential critters. I also hate the idea of them spreading the germs and bacteria into our lives, but I guess they were probably here first.

What options do you have?

  • Bird spikes (I prefer the wire ones)
  • Bird shock tracks
  • Hardware cloth
  • Deterrents like flag and mylar
  • Hotfoot

Don’t use chicken wire or rocks to deter them. Chicken wire looks bad and they will go around the stones or bricks.

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No to Foam

No to the Foam

Foam can be a attractive way to seal but in my book, NOT. It all depends on the circumstance and the application. I think it just creates a mess and it’s not easy to clean up. Remember it expands and then you have to trim it. Mice, rats and rodents in general can just chew their way through this stuff, so you must use some type of steel or cooper wool to prevent them from getting in.

  • check your home frequently to prevent possible infestations.
  • investigate crawlspaces and attics.
  • cut down on water around the home.
  • if you see something but are unsure consult with an expert ProBest Pest Management 480-831-9328

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Pigeon Crap

Pigeon Crap

Pigeon Crap feces whatever you want to call it. I hate the messes these birds/pigeons leave behind. The other problem is what they leave behind in their nest or nesting areas. I’m just not a fan of these pigeons and their foul pooping crap they leave for us to navigate. I know I’ll get comments from people who just love these birds, OK I get it. Just from my point of view they are nasty. The rest of the story is that when you walk through this sh** you track it into your home. Little children, pets play on that floor = gross.

Pigeon CrapPigeon Crap

So what do you do? Hire ProBest Pest Management to clean it up and fix the problem 480-831-9328. Correctly install bird spikes and check them to adjust. If the birds move, you correct that issue and pretty soon they will move on.

Bird devices

Bird devices

These bird devices are the newest in deterring birds pigeons away from homes and businesses. I have seen these popping up all across the Phoenix metro area. I will experiment with 2 on my roof, just for an idea of work-ability. I’m also thinking they would work on billboards etc. My arch enemy flying these days are woodpeckers. Its not like I don’t like them I just haven’t found a simple and effective way to keep them out of certain home areas. They just want to drum chimney areas with metal flashing and they can be quite loud.

Bird devices

Features & Benefits:

    • Silent, economical humane bird deterrent.
    • Uses wind, sunlight, and reflective flashes to scare birds away.
    • Great for use on buildings, boats and within agricultural settings.
    • Made of durable aluminum and plastic for outdoor use.
    • Extremely effective.
    • Adjustable.
    • Device should be glued, screwed, or tied down to flat surfaces.
    • Effectively deters seagulls, pigeons, and more!

 

Entry points

Entry points

This entry point – I couldn’t see this opening really well, but was sure something could gain entry. Could it be a bird or a rodent? This opening in the attic is important to annual checks. I would be concerned just looking at it but still needs to be sealed tighter to not allow unwanted guest. At least the door was closed but what if it was open, who would check and who might be able to close or lock it?

My opinion is that this is a perfect opportunity for rodent activity. The minute that mice or rats get into this space opens the chance for bacteria, urine and feces to become part of this home or business. Mice urinate while on the run and feces may be spread throughout the space.

Annual checks is what I’m saying, top on my list.

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Scary things living in your attic?

A bump in the night in your attic!

It might sound strange, but if you hear noises at night in the attic it may not be your imagination. Maybe those bumps in the night might be coming from inside your attic. Even the smallest of holes allow mice and insects such as honeybees access into your home. I always suggest that you do periodic checks of your home especially the attic to basically keep an eye out for trouble makers. Birds and even larger animals can gain access into crawlspaces & attics. As a result this can cause concern and sometimes it is a real pain to get rid of them. Honeybee are always on the search here in Arizona for a new place to live. Honeybees often swarm in Spring and Fall since we have a somewhat higher temperature throughout the year. If you notice bees going into your home use extreme caution as they may be very dangerous. Once you have made them MAD, you can’t take it back. They can stay agitated for 8+ hours, they can sting dogs, neighbors and children.

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