Are you having trouble with birds? What type of bird troubles are you having? Do you have starlings nesting in your electrical box? Do you have pigeons leaving their droppings all over your sidewalks or driveway? Do you have Canada geese trampling your vegetation? There are many ways birds can create problems. When they do, it is helpful to know what you're up against and some of the things you can do to deal with those pest birds.

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European Starlings

An adult starling is only about 8 inches tall. It's a small, stocky, short-tailed bird with dark and light speckles on its feathers. If this is the bird that has decided to nest on or inside your property, you should know that starlings are linked to the spread of more than 25 diseases. They can also bring mites and ticks into your home. And, as with all birds, their droppings have uric acid which can eat away at building materials.

Starling Prevention

  • Alter ledge angles to 45 degrees to discourage nesting.

  • Install plastic netting over recesses or openings these birds can get into. Also, cover electrical boxes and other sensitive areas.

  • Remove any water resources on your property. Gutters are a key area to check. Water can pool up in your gutters, soil can be produced by decaying leaves, vegetation can grow, and a little bird habitat can form up there.

  • Keep your trash in covered containers.

  • Move bird feeders to at least 20 feet from your home.


An adult pigeon is around 11 inches long and weighs about 13 ounces. Pigeon coloration can vary but they are most commonly gray with a whitish gray rump. If this is the bird you're dealing with, disease is a serious concern. These birds are so dirty, they have been appropriately called flying rats. They get into some very dirty places as they explore an urban environment. Their droppings are corrosive to building materials and may have the fungus that causes histoplasmosis. They spread lice, mites, ticks, fleas, and other parasites.

Pigeon Prevention

  • Make roosting sites inhospitable by adding slopes to resting areas.

  • Seal openings that pigeons can use to gain entrance to your home.

  • Place objects out that can scare pigeons, such as fake snakes, plastic birds, or scare balloons.

  • Reduce standing water.

  • Keep your gutters clear.

  • Keep trash in covered containers.

  • Move bird feeders away from your home.

  • Refrain from feeding the pigeons.

Canada Geese

These geese are common throughout the United States. While their presence inspires people to put down bread crumbs for them, this is ill-advised. These birds can be destructive to lawns and landscape plants, and their waste can be a health concern. The more geese you have, the more problems they can cause.

Canada Geese Prevention

  • Don't feed the birds. Get everyone on board. This is a group effort.

  • Remove any potential food sources.

  • Reduce the use of fertilizer. These birds prefer fertilized grass.

  • Thoroughly clean up the waste these birds leave around so that the scent of it doesn't attract more geese.

  • If you have a water source these birds are congregating around, such as a pond, remove reeds and other plants to eliminate potential nesting sites.

  • Install a fence around your pond or water source. This can create a barrier that will deter Canada geese.

  • There are devices that can be installed around your water source that scare these birds off. They may act as a visual deterrent or create a scary sound when activated. This method is called hazing.

  • If you have a dog that can run around in the area, this can spook these birds away and make them think twice about coming back. Some breeds are better at this than others. Choose your dog wisely.

  • Don't wait to do something about geese. If they start showing up on your property, take immediate action. It is best to be proactive.

Professional Pest Bird Control In Aiken

If you continue to have issues with pest birds, contact Aiken Pest Control and ask us about our pest bird control program. We'll give you the information you need to make an informed decision about your bird problem. Connect with us today.


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