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Sparrows: Little Bird, Big Problems

a little sparrow on a bush

Are you familiar with the pest bird known as the sparrow? It is a tiny bird with pale feathers on its belly and tan, dark brown and white feathers on its head and wings. The beak coloring of sparrows can range from black to yellow and has a conical shape. If you're seeing these birds on your property, there are a few things you should know.

12 Ways Sparrows Cause Problems For Businesses

  1. The nests created by sparrows can be unsightly and be expensive, over time, to remove.
  2. When sparrows nest in gutters it can cause those gutters to overflow, and create moisture problems near the foundation of your business. Moisture problems can invite a wide range of pests, and also lead to wood rot.
  3. When sparrows nest in machinery and electrical boxes it can lead to a fire or a malfunctioning of that machinery.
  4. When sparrows nest in drainage pipes, it can cause those pipes to back up and create flooding inside a structure.
  5. Droppings left by sparrows can cause illness for employees and customers. Histoplasmosis, salmonella, encephalitis, and meningitis, are just a few of the diseases connected to sparrow droppings.
  6. Droppings from sparrows are corrosive. These birds don't urinate. They release uric acid in their feces. This acid can eat away at many building materials, including concrete.
  7. Droppings from sparrows require cleanup, and cleanup will cost you money in maintenance. This can come in the form of cleaning walkways, structures, and landscape but, also, the cleanup of nesting sites which can be hazardous to employees.
  8. When birds perch on wires, their droppings can fall on employees and customers below.
  9. Droppings are a particular threat to any business that has outside food services for customers.
  10. Sparrows often bring unwanted noises with them, especially if there is a large flock.
  11. Sparrows eat grass seed. This can cause problems for anyone handling your landscaping.
  12. Sparrows were introduced to the United States to help control agricultural pests but have become a significant crops pest themselves.
  13. Sadly, this is only a short list of issues sparrows can create. Fortunately, the list of ways to effectively control sparrows is shorter.

Sparrow Prevention

Keeping birds away is a science, and it requires an understanding of the habits and habitats of pest birds and access to cutting-edge bird deterrent systems.

At Action Pest Control, we have a track record for effectively controlling sparrows, pigeons, geese, starlings, ducks, bats, and more. For information about the state-of-the-art bird deterrents we use, drop us a line or give us a call. We'd be happy to walk you through the details and help you get control of your bird problems. Fighting birds is for the birds. Take action and get Action.