Birds are lovely to have around and are a welcome sight in our gardens. They provide relaxing entertainment and help to keep insects at bay.
If you would like free expert advice on how to ensure you keep them outside in the garden and prevent them nesting in the roof space of your house please call us on 0800 0283 703.
Sparrows and Starlings are common sights in our gardens throughout the year. They are gregarious in nature and are commonly found around human made habitats. In fact, House Sparrows are perhaps the most cosmopolitan of all birds and have lived alongside humans since the stone-ages.
Starlings are a native to this country and the resident population is swelled every autumn by migrants arriving from Europe. Although seen in their millions in their spectacular winter aerial displays or murmurations, Starlings have suffered a dramatic population crash in recent years, down 92% in woodland areas.
Sparrows are very sociable, nesting colonially in crevices and will often use holes in buildings, including houses. They will evict Swallows and Martins from their nests and aggressively defend their nesting sites. House sparrows begin choosing nest sites as early as late February. April – August is the main nesting season with 2 – 3 clutches of 4 – 5 eggs. The breeding pairs can remain faithful to a nesting site for life.
Starlings are much like Sparrows in their nesting habits. They nest in loose colonies with 1 – 2 clutches of 4 – 6 eggs. Breeding is most common during March through to August. And like Sparrows, they will also evict other birds from nests and aggressively defend their own site. Up to 50% of females will return in consecutive years to their original nest site.
These birds are a joy to watch and observe – their chirping and tweeting, their bathing antics a delight to behold. However, their close proximity to humans, particularly in and around their homes, means they create problems:
- Their droppings deface and erode stonework and make pavements slippery
- In lofts, their nesting activities can build large piles of twigs, leaves and fouling
- Gutters and drains are blocked by nesting material
- Insects – lice, fleas, clothes moths and carpet beetles and mites – can live in the nests and find their way into your home
- They are also a factor in the spread of diseases including salmonella and gastroenteritis
- The birds can peck at rigid foam insulation and damage the fabric of the building
A Starling just needs a one inch hole to gain access to your property, a Sparrow even smaller. Returning year after year means steps should be taken to prevent access to your home.
Now, it is illegal to intentionally disturb or destroy the active nest of any wild bird. If you have to deter birds from nesting in your roof, any work should be done during the winter months when they are not nesting.
At Strathearn Pest Control, we have solutions that will ensure the birds don’t come to any harm and at the same time prevents them getting into your home. For free expert advice please call us on 0800 0283703