Keep Birds and Bats Where They Belong
As spring approaches, you're probably looking forward to having birds and friendly wildlife visit your garden. The problems start when these winged visitors decide to roost in your house. How do you keep your house free of birds and bats?
Seal Everything Tight
Birds and bats can squeeze into surprisingly tight spaces. Bats need less than an inch of space to wedge themselves into gaps in your home. That's why making sure that everything is sealed up is the best preventative step.
Check your house carefully to make sure that the following areas are caulked, sealed and tight.
Gaps in siding.
Loose fascia boards.
Loose roof ties.
Gaps in soffits.
Open roof lines.
Gaps around outside doors.
Tips for Keeping Birds Away
Most of us don't consider birds a nuisance until they come into our homes. In fact, many of us set out bird feeders and bird baths and are delighted to share our gardens with these feathered friends. Bids are also important for helping plants pollinate and controlling insect populations.
Some bird species, like starlings and house sparrows (which are not to be confused with European sparrows) are considered invasive nuisance birds. All birds carry mites, fleas and other parasites. It's best to enjoy them in your yard and not in the house.
Keep Bird Feeders Clean
Keep the area around your bird feeders clean. Leftover seed can get wet and start to rot. This encourages mold growth and can attracts rodents. Once a week or so, wash the feeders out with a garden hose.
If you have a bird bath, make sure the water is fresh. Use a fountain or spray it with a hose daily to prevent mosquitoes from breeding there.
Use Good-Quality Birdseed
Cheap birdseed mixes are high in ingredients that are attractive to unwanted birds like starlings and house sparrows. Make sure you use seed that attracts the specific birds you want to see in your yard.
For instance, mourning doves and house sparrows both enjoy millet and cracked corn. If you want to feed mourning doves but not house sparrows, add a small amount of cracked corn in a ground-level feeder placed close to places where you've spotted doves.
Keep Bats Our of Your Belfry
Contrary to myth, bats are not rodents and they're not blind. They won't fly into your hair or suck your blood.
That said, they do carry diseases that can harm humans, including histoplasmosis, a lung disease that you can contract from their guano. They are also a carrier of rabies. You definitely don't want them in your house. Here are some ways to keep them outside where they belong.
Install a Bat Flap
Bats are a protected species, so if you have a problem with them in your home, you must hire a professional exterminator to remove them humanely. Ask your contractor to install a "bat flap," a specially constructed screen that allows them to leave your house through a gap but doesn't let them back in.
Build or Buy a Bat House
A bat house allows you to enjoy the benefits of bats without the downsides. A bat house gives bats an alternative place to roost that's a safe distance from your house.
What are the benefits of having bats around? The main one is that they are ferocious predators of mosquitoes and other bugs. Many happy homeowners have found that a bat houses keep their yards mosquito-free while giving the bats their own pad far from the house.
Call Us for Your First Line of Defense
The best way to avoid a messy bird or bat situation is to keep them out of your house from the start. Carefully sealing everything will also deter mice, bugs and other unwanted animal intruders.
Last Call Exteriors can assess the weak spots in your house and make sure that everything is locked down tight. Give us a call today and get ready to enjoy your wildlife friends from a safe distance.