Last Updated: June 2016
You don’t need to grow up or live in the GTA for too long to know that the city needs Toronto bird removal services. These free-flying, wing-flapping animals have populated Toronto for a long time now, and it appears to only be increasing. If you’re walking down the sidewalk, it is not unlikely to find a group of birds perched up on a powerline, a child running and scaring a flock of birds at a park to watch them fly away, or birds together scavenging for food at Dundas Square. While birds can be entertaining to watch from a far (so much that the activity is a hobby), their bravery and population has called for the need of Toronto bird removal services.
Bird problems have been causes for health concerns, safety problems and damaged property. To deal with Toronto bird problems requires the right kind of knowledge and Professional Expertise and experience. There are several things to take into consideration when dealing with Toronto bird removal, for example the laws and regulation protecting certain species of birds. Before any action in performed, it should be verified whether it is legal or not to conduct Bird Removal of the species you’ve encountered. Otherwise you might be faced with a penalty. There are 3 birds that are not protected under Migratory Bird Treaty; these birds are the Sparrow, the Starlings and the Pigeons.
The Sparrows, the Starlings and the Pigeons
Sparrows, starling and pigeons are the 3 species of birds that are not protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty. This means, if you encounter or are experiencing a problem with either one of these types of birds, having them removed is legal. The following are some of the characteristics of the pigeon, the sparrow and the starlings.
Pigeons (also known as Rock Dove)
- Approximately 35 cm long and 65 cm wingspan
- Can fly around 50 miles per hour
- Dark blue/grey in color with specs of white on the wings and green around the neck
- Pigeons breed all year with summer and spring being peak seasons
- They have a 15 year lifespan
- Can have permanent habitats and have ‘homing instincts’
- Pigeon droppings are toxic/acidic
- Can carry fleas and mites
- Approximately 16 cm long and 20 cm wingspan
- Can fly around 45 miles per hour
- Small brownish, grey and white bird with rounded wings
- Breeding season occurs march to early august
- In the wild, sparrows usually have a life expectancy of about 4-5 years
- Sparrows are sociable
- Salmonella is common in House Sparrows
Starlings (also known as European Starlings)
- Approximately 20 cm long and 40 cm wingspan
- Can fly around 45 miles per hour
- Appear black, but up close reveals a purple/green color and are brown in the winter
- Breeding season occurs September to December
- There is a record of a European Starling living up to 15 years and 3 months
- European Starlings are cavity nesters, which means they like to find small open spaces/holes to nest
- European Starling droppings can carry infectious disease
- More facts about European Starlings
Toronto Bird Problem
Birds are wonderful and beautiful wildlife. Unfortunately in some cases they have become nuisances. The reason for the rise in need for Toronto bird removal is because of the problems that occur due to them. People are being faced with issues such messy nests on their property, inconveniencing them with the nest placement/ the droppings they leave, the noise caused and are altogether not happy with the situation. In addition to birds being a nuisance, bird nests are also the cause for some safety hazards. Nests placed in areas like vents are potential fire hazards and must be taken care of as soon as possible. Toronto Bird Removal not handled properly or in a timely manner can result in damage of air conditioning equipment, industrial machines, insulation, soffits and roofs causing structural problems. Birds are also often carriers of fleas and mites that cause redness and itchiness when it gets on skin. When not properly taken care of, in the event where a bird/birds nest is in your home’s ventilation, it can spread. Pigeon droppings are also something to be aware of, they are toxic and acidic and if not addressed, can cause damage.
SOS Wildlife Control Toronto Bird Removal
Toronto bird removal done by SOS Wildlife Control results in a job well done. The entire situation is clearly mapped out and a personalized plan based on the structure of your home, the service required and the type of bird is developed. Depending on the situation, different removal methods are conducted. Spikes, nets, metal meshing and one way doors are some of the processes conducted. Spiked are placed a-top a flat surface and simply deter the bird from landing. Birds like sparrows can be effectively evicted with our small one-way doors due to their size where they travel out of the funnel but are unable to return. The type/size of net or mesh is determined by the type and size of the bird, so when our wildlife operators are examining the condition, they are determining the best option for your situation.
If you notice signs of wildlife in your house give us a call. At SOS Wildlife Control, we provide superior Toronto bird removal services for residential, commercial, and industrial clients. Let us help you solve your wildlife problems. Taking action before it’s too late will help eliminate animal damage repair costs. We can easily be reached at 1-800-981-0330. Don’t wait and call us to schedule an appointment for a thorough inspection to help evacuate all your unwanted wildlife guests in the most humane way possible.