Colorado is home to nearly 500 different bird species. This may be exciting for bird-watchers in the area, but it can spell trouble for the typical homeowner. Birds can cause damage to your home. They also are responsible for the transmission of harmful diseases. Those reasons are good enough to acquire bird control from OMNIS Pest Control.
But unfortunately, there are other bird-related problems that homeowners commonly face too. For example, some birds can cause gutter and drainage clogs and shingle and siding damage. Interestingly enough, their droppings can even corrode certain surfaces like metal, concrete, and paint.
By learning more about the birds typically present in Colorado neighborhoods, you can determine whether your property is at risk of bird-related damage. This is what you need to know about birds and bird control.
Common Birds in Colorado
You may have seen a bird in your yard recently and wondered if it posed any threat to you or your home. Please refer to the following list to find out which birds are known to cause trouble in Colorado.
Woodpeckers are known to peck at wood, making them an imminent threat to your home or other property. Classic woodpeckers are common throughout all of the U.S., but several species are known to live in Colorado. For example, Downy Woodpeckers are in most regions of Colorado. They look pretty similar to classic woodpeckers, but they have checkered black-and-white markings on their body. The males may have red spotting on their heads.
The Northern Flicker is another common woodpecker that you may see in your backyard. It has bright colors under its wings, and its feathers come in two color varieties. There’s the Yellow-shafted Flicker in the east and north, and the Red-shafted Flicker in the west. They are technically the same species, but they have different colors and patterns than one another.
These and many other species of woodpecker in an abundance of places, but their habitat primarily includes open forests, woodlots, groves, semi-open country, and dense forests.
Woodpeckers have strong bills that they use to drill and drum on trees. Their diet typically consists of insects and larvae, and they have sticky tongues that they use to extract food from tight spaces. Their tongues have bristles on them, aiding them in grabbing insects from deep within the holes they create in trees. After pecking a hole into a tree, the woodpecker can stick its tongue into the hole, then wrap its tongue around any insects that happen to pass by.
Where To Find Woodpeckers
If you want to find one of these birds, you can look on tree limbs or around the trunk of a tree. As usual, those are the areas where woodpeckers will scavenge for food. If you do see woodpeckers, it may be a good idea to do a short walk around your property to look for small holes or other signs of woodpecker-related damage. If you notice anything, it may be time to call a pest control company to provide you with an actionable solution.
Swallows are migratory insectivorous birds that are protected by state and federal regulations. Unfortunately, their nests are very messy, and they can damage or disturb the comfort of your home or business.
Mud swallows, which are also known as barn swallows, build large nests known to attract insects and leave stains on the surfaces they touch. The insects that often populate the areas around their nest are a considerable hazard. Their numbers grow too high. Unfortunately, you may have a more troublesome infestation on your hands if you let a mud nest sit for too long.
While some species build mud nests, like the mud swallow, others live in burrows that they dig over a few days. These burrows can uproot parts of your yard, so if you see one, consider doing something about it.
What Do Swallows Look Like
The most common swallow species have a dark blue or green plumage with streaked underparts that are usually white. They prey on a wide range of insects, but some species also consume fruits and other plants. If you have a garden, this is definitely a bird you want to watch out for.
Remember, you can always pay a pest control company to remove a swallow’s nest. Still, the damage that’s left behind may linger forever. To prevent lasting harm, you should do something about it now. Call a pest control company to get help removing swallows from your property. We’ll perform a thorough inspection and implement solutions that keep the problem from recurring in the future.
Pigeons are an irritating pest that can spread dozens of different diseases through their aerial barrage of feces. If you didn’t know, pigeons reportedly poop 47-51 times per day. That’s a lot of poop, and if you come into contact with it, you may get sick.
Pigeons like to perch on signs and ledges, but they may also come onto commercial and private property to find food. Most people know what pigeons look like, but here’s a short description if you aren’t sure.
What Do Pigeons Look Like
Pigeons have a small head and a straight, thin bill. The most common pigeon species usually have a rather plump body covered in dark gray plumage. They also typically have a gray back with two black bars on their wing and a blueish-gray head.
While pigeons are most notorious for eating food left for them by people, they are known to follow a more conservative diet outside of highly-populated areas. Pigeons generally eat small insects, such as worms and ants, as well as seeds, fruits, berries, and certain vegetables.
If you’ve noticed an increase of pigeon poop present on your property, do something about the problem before you get sick. A quick pest control inspection can help you discover what steps to keep these troublesome birds in check.
Pest Threat Level
If birds are becoming a problem at your home or place of business, there are many solutions available. Here are some tools that you can employ.
- Bird spikes – Spikes keep birds from landing in certain areas
- Netting – Nets will catch birds, stopping them from reaching certain places
- Wiring – Wires act similarly to nets, and they are great for keeping birds nests off your property
- Repellents – These are chemical products that can deter birds from coming near your property