Pigeon And Swallow Control San Diego
Your San Diego wildlife removal company is here to offer you everything you need to know about pigeons, swallows, and, most importantly, bird control in San Diego. Though it might feel like summer never really leaves here in Southern California, there are certain times of the year (namely, spring) where homeowners and business owners in San Diego, Orange County, and Temecula have to be cognizant as to how they can prevent and exclude pigeons and mud swallows from setting up shop on their homestead. Once swallows roost, the prospect of removing them becomes much less straightforward than simple barn swallow prevention
Luckily, we here at Wildlife Removal Services can help with prevention, exclusion, and even bird removal services if the situation calls for it. For years and years, we’ve been dedicated to helping businesses and homeowners in the San Diego region with pest and animal control. Whether the case calls for a deep-cleaning and restoration along with exclusion methods or you simply have a snake under your deck and they won’t come out without some professional wildlife control, we’ve got you covered at Wildlife Removal Services. Keep reading to find practical and interesting information regarding pigeons and swallows, in addition to how we can help you out with our pigeon and swallow control methods!
San Diego Pigeon Control
Are you ready for pigeon facts? Of course you are! Who doesn’t love pigeon facts? That’s what we’d like to know. While many people are more concerned with swallow removal and control here in San Diego, it’s no secret that “city birds” can become a serious issue if your business or home is attractive for pigeons. Not only can that make your storefront (or front yard) a real mess due to pigeon stool littering the sidewalk by your shop, but these birds carry diseases and their droppings viruses. On top of that, their stool is comprised of material that can lead to the deterioration of surfaces more quickly than what usually occurs, acting as a pseudo-acid. While we are going to discuss a few different aspects of pigeons here, the most relevant topic certainly has to do with the damage they can cause.
Pigeons might be known as the ugly cousin of the dove (to some), but its unattractiveness goes far beyond appearance. Like we mentioned above, pigeons can be dangerous, for more reasons than one. Not only do they like to hang out in urban areas so they can rain down fecal-terror from above, but their droppings are alarmingly dangerous. As we noted, the droppings can cause erosion of sorts. If there are enough pooping pigeons around a given area, they can kill vegetation and contaminate food if they decide to call grain-handling facilities home.
Their droppings are also full of other dangers, as they can easily spread disease to humans and animals alike. They can transmit diseases like cryptococcosis, ornithosis, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella, while being carriers of common parasites like lice, fleas, mites, ticks, lice, other biting pests. It’s obvious yet vital to note that being in close proximity with pigeons is far from a good idea.
Given the fact that they can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to the structure of your home and business through the attrition of their droppings, combined with the danger of them spreading diseases and being carriers of parasites, it’s simply not a good idea to let pigeons share a home with you.
Pigeon Control San Diego
Pigeons are remarkably adaptive when it comes to habitat selection. They are primarily cavernous creatures, preferring to live in places with cover where they can find shelter and be safe from potential predators. From bridges to under the roof of your home, they don’t really mind.
Luckily, if you are in need of pigeon removal services in San Diego, we can help at Wildlife Removal Services. Not only can we solve your pigeon control problem with a humane, affordable solution, but there are measures you can take on your own to deter pigeons from setting up camp in your backyard. Make sure you keep all grain away from any elevators and feed mills you might have (for the business owners out there, we don’t think many of our clients live in homes with elevators and feed mills, but we wouldn’t rule it out either!). Likewise, do not feed the birds, and do your best to remove any standing water that might be found near your place of business or home. Pigeons need to be close to standing water, so they won’t live near you if there is none around.
Our San Diego bird control measures include prevention, exclusion, and removal. We use bird spikes, which are mechanical repellents, wire and cable systems in order to inhibit pigeons from being able to roost, electric shock track systems, and even frightening systems which will scare pigeons away from a certain area. But no matter which method of pigeon control we employ, we will be humane, professional, and make sure to keep you informed of what is going on. We have a passion for informing and serving our community in the best way we know how, so be sure to reach out to us for local pigeon removal services if you are in need of expert bird control! And keep in mind, if you are not satisfied with the number of pigeon facts you received today, we have a dedicated pigeon biology resource that should not fail to satiate you!
San Diego Mud Swallows
Some people call them mud swallows, some people call them the North American Barn Swallows, some folks call them cliff swallows, and still others call them names we aren’t permitted to post on a blog like this, usually when they find barn swallows in San Diego roosting in their homes, barns, or commercial properties. Below, we’ll highlight a few informational facts regarding barn swallows, including habitat, color, and behavior, before we discuss some practical prevention methods and what we can do at our wildlife control company to protect properties from becoming a swallow soiree, if you will.
Barn Swallow Biology – Habitat
Swallows can be found up and down California, excluding areas with very high elevation and the dry desert of the Southeastern part of our lovely state. Swallows, like pigeons, usually live in areas where people are close by. In terms of habitat, four conditions must exist for a swallow colony to exist. The first is an open habitat so that swallows can forage for food. The second is the requirement of a vertical surface just underneath an overhang so that they can attach a nest to the area. The third is a nearby supply of mud that meets the right degree of “muddiness” so that they can successfully build their nests. The fourth and final condition necessary for a swallow colony to thrive is that not unlike pigeons, or any living thing for that matter, a body of water must be nearby.
While cliffs in canyons were the original preferred ecosystem of the North American swallow, over the years the birds have learned to utilize structures like buildings, overpasses, and bridges to their advantage. With the rise of the population in California and the country at large, so too has the number of swallows increased. While cliff swallows still winter in South America, by early spring Southern California is teeming with little birds looking to find a suitable place to call home.
Yes, we’ve reached the not-so-fun part about discussing North American swallows in San Diego and other urban areas — they like our buildings, and every year, they are coming to a structure near you. However, if you’re home or place of business has never had swallows nest on your premises before, there is a slimmer chance of them nesting there. This is because swallows have a homing capacity, meaning adults which had previously nested at a colony are more likely to return to their old home. The bad news there is that if you have had swallows pester you before, they will likely return if you never did anything to prevent or exclude them. Though there aren’t strict social rules to be found here; some old nests are claimed by swallows who just happened to migrate early, and have never called that particular location home before.
In terms of the mating, nesting, and egg-laying process, both male and female team up to create the nest. It’s an arduous process, waiting for each layer of mud to cake enough to add another. Depending on how much mud is available, nest construction can take between one and two weeks. The egg-laying process is, as you may have guessed, up to the female, but the incubation process is a team effort. They both tend to eggs, which hatch shortly after two weeks have passed. Because swallows need an ample amount of time to raise their brood, swallows usually stay at their colony of nests for around 100 days.
As many of our readers know, swallows can be more than annoying — they can be downright dangerous if not appropriately dealt with. Not unlike pigeons, these city birds have droppings that can cause real problems if people are exposed to them. If droppings pollute foodstores, it can be a potential health concern. Their droppings can ruin machinery and create quite the headache for business and homeowners who aren’t huge fans of their primary decoration being bird fecal matter.
As if the droppings/disease concern wasn’t enough, their mud nests will eventually fall. This is a less-than-ideal situation because swallow nests usually contain insects like mites and swallow begs, which are a cousin to bed bugs and like to bite humans. It must run in the family.
Why Do You Need Wildlife Removal Service For Swallow Control? Their Legal Status
Because of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, swallows are protected by state and federal regulations as migratory insectivorous birds. That means it’s illegal for anyone to take, possess, sell, or purchase swallows or their parts, including eggs, nests, feathers, and such — without a permit. Because of this, and because of the enforcement agency named the California Department of Fish Game, there are strict rules about what you can and cannot do during breeding and nesting season. The season, which lasts from February 15 to September 1, completed nests can’t be removed or even touched without a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
We certainly can understand these regulations, but that doesn’t make it easier on those of us who are squarely in the crosshairs for migrating birds from late winter to just before autumn. These birds are fascinating creatures, to be sure, but they are much better observed in the wild, or at least, bare minimum, not in your barn.
So what can you do if you don’t have a permit for interacting with swallows in San Diego, Orange County, or Temecula? Call Wildlife Removal Service, the top choice for barn swallow prevention, swallow control, and swallow removal services.
And whether you have a pigeon issue, a swallow removal problem, or any kind of San Diego bird control problem, we have the experience and resources that count at Wildlife Removal Service. The problem isn’t one that you should put off either, not when your property’s value and your family’s health is on the line. No, it isn’t likely that they’ll contract any of the aforementioned diseases as long as they don’t come into contact with the bird nests or droppings, but it isn’t a guarantee either. That’s why we exist.
Bird Control Methods
Our bird control methods include bird wire, shock tracks, bird netting, bird spikes, and, when absolutely necessary, lethal bird control. At all times, however, we use humane animal control methods that are designed to avoid inflicting pain on the animal if at all possible.
Keep in mind that we also are proud to offer sanitization and clean-up services for severe mud swallow problems, as part of our restoration and cleanup services. If you are interested in learning about any of our other animal or pest control processes in more detail, check out our humane removal/trapping resource as well as our approach to animal exclusion and prevention! We also have informational resources available regarding barn swallow biology, should you be in need of more information on the matter.
Contact Wildlife Removal Services for affordable San Diego bird control today.