More than 200 different species of birds can be found in Charlotte NC. Birds can become pests when they find their way into places where people don’t want them and when their behavior becomes a nuisance or poses a health risk.
Birds nesting in attics, eaves, vents and porches are not welcome guests. And when birds consistently pepper parked cars with their bird droppings, when geese make a mess of a golf fairway or when accumulations of bird droppings pose a threat to human health, bird exclusion and bird deterrents in Charlotte may be necessary.
The Migratory Bird Treaty and Endangered Species acts prohibit the trapping, possession, or killing of most birds, their eggs and nests, without a permit. If you cannot positively identify what kind of nuisance bird you are dealing with in Charlotte NC, consult your local NCWRC officer before you attempt any bird control or bird exclusion methods.
Both protected and unprotected species can be annoying and endanger humans. Nests in structures can be a fire hazard and a source of bird mite and insect parasites that can affect people. And, while the direct transmission of disease from birds to humans is uncommon, life-threatening diseases can be contracted from their droppings.
Histoplasmosis is perhaps the most important disease acquired from bird droppings. It is caused by inhalation of spores of a soil-inhabiting fungus (Histoplasma capsulatum) that grows where bird droppings accumulate. The greatest risk occurs when droppings accumulate on shaded soil where large numbers of birds (or bats) have established roosts. Disturbing the droppings, e.g., during clean-up attempts, causes the spores to become airborne. Most people who inhale the spores experience mild flu-like symptoms or no symptoms at all. But others, such as those with compromised immune systems and those who inhale large quantities of spores, can develop complications including respiratory problems resembling tuberculosis that can lead to death.
Persons attempting to perform bird removal Charlotte NC orclean up droppings that have accumulated over two or more years should wear personal protection equipment, including respirators with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, and wet the droppings during removal.
Bird netting is a bird exclusion method that will help protect Charlotte residents.
For your professional bird exclusion and other wildlife control needs in North Carolina and South Carolina, call General Pest Co. at (704) 777-8003.