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    How to Keep Roosting Pigeons Away from Your Home or Business

    Last updated 2 days 3 hours ago

    Pigeons are an integral part of urban living, as common as taxi cabs and street vendors. Unfortunately, pigeons can cause quite a mess wherever they congregate, and they can spread dangerous diseases to humans and pets. If pigeons have invaded your home or business, contact a bird control company to get rid of them for good. To be proactive about pigeon control, here are some tips to keep these pest birds from roosting on your home or business. 

    Pigeon-Proof the Building
    The best way to keep roosting pigeons away from your home or business is to make your building less attractive to birds. Roosting pigeons will look for ledges and gutters to build their nest. Cover ledges with a sloping piece of split or sheet metal and install non-electric spikes, coils, or wires inside gutters to make your home or business pigeon-proof.

    Set Pigeon Traps
    Pigeon traps are readily available that can help reduce the number of roosting pigeons that make it past your perimeter defenses. Set these traps around areas where pigeons congregate and bait them with bird seed. Release captured pigeons in a remote location to discourage them from coming back. If you choose to set traps yourself instead of calling a pigeon removal company, take care when handling the traps as pigeon droppings can spread harmful diseases.

    Turn the Hose on the Pigeons
    One of the oldest and most effective methods of DIY pigeon control involves your handy garden hose. Use the hose to spray roosting pigeons to temporarily scare them away. Continue spraying pigeons on a regular basis and they will eventually move to a new roosting location.

    If you want to keep pigeons and other pest birds away for good, contact Burns Bird Control today. We take the guesswork and labor out of DIY pigeon control, as our bird removal experts are equipped with the latest tools and training in the pigeon removal industry. To learn more about our residential and commercial bird control services in Phoenix, call us at (602) 910-6834. 

    How Mosquitos Can Spread West Nile Virus from Birds

    Last updated 7 days ago

    The warmer months see increased mosquito activity. Besides the annoying, itchy bites mosquitos leave on your body, they can also spread West Nile Virus. Some experts believe that West Nile Virus is actually transmitted to humans by mosquitos that first become infected after feeding on a diseased bird. To lower your risk of being exposed to West Nile Virus, eliminate standing water around your home and try to keep bird from roosting on your property. To learn more about this potentially life-threatening illness, watch this short video clip. 

    If birds are a nuisance on your property, the bird removal experts at Burns Bird Control can help. We provide residential and commercial bird removal services throughout the Valley. Contact us online or call us at (602) 910-6834 to learn more about our pigeon removal services and solutions, which include spiking, netting, and screening. 

    Signs of Salmonella Poisoning From a Pigeon

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Salmonella bacteria can be transmitted from pigeons to humans via contact with contaminated droppings. Infection with salmonella typically causes the symptoms of gastroenteritis, which include abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Other symptoms of salmonella can include headache, fever, chills, muscle pains, and bloody stools. Symptoms typically appear within two days of infection, and can begin within hours of coming into contact with infected pigeon droppings. Although salmonella infections are typically mild, extreme dehydration requiring medical care can occur. While the symptoms typically last up to a week, prolonged or severe symptoms should be addressed by your doctor. Salmonella can spread from your intestines and cause complications, and certain strains of this bacterium can cause typhoid fever. The symptoms of typhoid fever include a high fever of 103 degrees or more, stomach pains, loss of appetite, and the development of a rose-colored rash. 

    Eliminating pigeons from your property will eliminate the risk of salmonella infections transmitted through infected droppings. Contact Burns Bird Control of Phoenix by calling (602) 910-6834 to discuss your pigeon removal options, including bird spikes, screening, and trapping. You can find out more about how to handle a bird infestation on our website. 

    Using Old CDs to Prevent a Bird Infestation

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Pigeons and other birds can cause problems if they move into your home or garden. This video features an ingenious trick to harmlessly scare birds away from your property and prevent an infestation. All you need to complete this project is a few old CDs and a roll of twine or fishing wire. Cut the twine at different lengths and knot one or more CDs onto the twine, then hang your visual bird deterrents around your property to keep the birds away. 

    Are you looking for a solution that will keep birds away from your home or business? Burns Bird Control offers bird screening, bird spikes, and other effective solutions to prevent pigeons and other birds from nesting on your property. Check us out on the web or call (602) 910-6834 to learn more about residential and commercial bird control in Phoenix.

    Risk of Disease Posed by Pigeon Droppings

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Pigeons nesting on or around your home or office can be a nuisance. Bird droppings pose not only a slipping hazard, but can spread disease when touched or disturbed as well. If you have a bird problem on your property, contact a bird control expert as soon as possible to handle the situation and eliminate the risk to your family or employees’ health. 

    Cryptococcus neoformans is a fungus that tends to grow in pigeon droppings. This fungus is extremely common, and can be found in up to 84% of droppings left behind by birds. Cryptococcus infections can be transmitted to humans or pets through contact with infected droppings. When droppings are disturbed, they release airborne particles that are inhaled, which spreads the fungus to the lungs. Symptoms of cryptococcosis include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, headache, cough, and fever. While most cases of cryptococcosis are mild, if the fungus spreads to the central nervous system, it can cause inflammation of the brain and the membranes that line the skull, causing more serious illness.

    Like cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis is caused by a fungal infection transmitted via the air when infected bird droppings are disturbed or cleaned. The Histoplasma capsulatum fungus can also grow in the soil beneath heavily infested buildings, becoming airborne when people or animals walk over it. When fungal spores are inhaled, they can cause an infection with symptoms that are similar to the flu: muscle aches, fever, chills, and headache. In some cases, histoplasmosis can also cause mouth sores and red bumps called erythema nodosum on the skin. Individuals with compromised immune systems or who are very old or very young could be at risk for more serious infection and symptoms, including pneumonia, high fever, and chronic health problems.

    Don’t let pigeons become a health risk on your property—call Burns Bird Control of Phoenix today at (602) 910-6834 to learn more about our bird control options. We offer residential and commercial bird removal, cleanup, and prevention solutions to ensure your property is clean and safe. Check out our blog to learn more.

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