Bird problems are for the birds. There are many ways birds can cause trouble when they get into places you don't want them. Do you think birds are nesting in structures on your property, or do you have a growing problem that you think you may need to address? Are you having trouble figuring out where to start? We have good news. We put together this quick and informative guide for effective bird control solutions to set you on the right track. We'll tell you how to tell when birds have taken up residence in structures on your property, what those birds do when they get into buildings, tips to deter pest birds, and sound solutions for pest bird removal. If you need help with professional bird control in Vero Beach or the installation of deterrents, remember that your HomeShield Pest Control team has your back. We offer advanced solutions, and our technicians have the training and experience to get this tough job done right. If you're in Vero Beach, you're in our service area. Call or connect with us through our contact page to get started.

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Signs Of A Pest Bird Infestation: Recognize The Presence Of Pest Birds

There are many ways to tell that you have a developing bird problem or a current infestation of birds inside a structure. Some warning signs are easier to detect than others. Here are the best ways to recognize the presence of pest birds in Vero Beach

  • Watch the birds. If you see birds congregating, it is a warning sign that they're also roosting or nesting indoors, particularly if they are congregating on ledges or rooflines.
  • Look for damage. When birds are living inside a structure, they'll typically go in and out through a point of damage. You may see a gap in siding, soffits, or fascia, or you may see a wood hole. Often, if birds are going in and out, you will find feathers below entry points.
  • Check for nesting materials. Birds collect twigs, leaves, and other natural materials to build their nests. You may find nests on ledges, inside structural cavities, or in attic spaces.
  • Listen for the noises birds make when they move about inside wall voids or infested attics. They may bump, scrape, or make other audible sounds.
  • Inspect your exterior for bird droppings. Birds leave their waste in many places. The frequent appearance of droppings around a structure is a sure sign that birds are living inside.

You can perform an inspection to locate bird activity or have a technician perform this inspection for you. For assistance in Vero Beach, reach out to us to schedule a service visit. We'll help you figure out what is going on and provide options to correct the issue.

Safety Considerations: Protecting Your Environment From Pest Birds

The two most common birds that make pests of themselves are pigeons and woodpeckers. As you can probably guess, they don't cause the same problems. Let's quickly look at the problems you can expect from these two common urban birds.


Often referred to as flying rats, pigeons are unsanitary birds because they get into unsanitary places to get a bite to eat. In these places, they pick up bacteria and microscopic worms, such as hookworms. After getting these invisible organisms on their feathers, they can contaminate indoor spaces with them.

Pigeon droppings are problematic in many ways. They are corrosive and can eat away at building materials and the paint on automobiles. They are slick when wet and can present a slipping hazard. They can contain bacteria and disease-causing pathogens. When deposited on solar panels, they can cause them to malfunction. If you have pigeons nesting under solar panels, it is definitely time to get roof bird control.


These woodland birds are mostly a threat to property. Unlike pigeons, they don't get into dumpsters and trash receptacles for a bite to eat. But they are more destructive by far. They tap their beaks on wood to get at organisms within. A structure with carpenter bee larvae, ants, or some other pest problem, can have serious woodpecker issues. Over time, these birds can do quite a bit of damage.

When these or other pest birds start to create problems for you on your Vero Beach property, there are only a few ways to deal with them: Live traps, exclusions, and deterrents. All of these require training and experience to apply. Before we get into live trapping, let's take a look at how exclusions and deterrents can help prevent bird problems long before they begin.

Effective Tips For Pest Bird Prevention: Keep Nuisance Birds At Bay

We hope you do not have a bird problem yet, and that you found this article in time to prevent birds from taking up residence inside your residence or business. If birds haven't moved into any of the structures on your property, there are ways you can prevent an infestation. Let's start by looking at a few things you can do if you don't mind rolling your sleeves up and doing a little handyman work. 

  • Apply expanding foam to fill in structural cavities, recesses, and gaps. Expanding foam is easy to work with and very effective. Wear gloves when handling this material as it adheres to skin, and you'll have a hard time getting it off.
  • Apply hardware cloth to openings. When you have a gap or hole that is too large to fill with expanding foam, or an opening that leads to a larger space, hardware cloth can patch the entry point and keep birds out. 
  • Repair sagging vinyl siding and soffits. If birds are actively damaging these, use metal flashing to bolster your defenses.
  • Remove attractants that are making your property interesting to birds. The most common is birdseed. It is best not to feed the birds. The second most common is insects. If you have a lot of insects on your property, birds will take notice. You can reduce insect populations by keeping exterior lights off at night or by replacing white lights with yellow lights. Insects can't perceive yellow light and are not as attracted to it. White lights, on the other hand, will lure insects onto your property at night and cause them to start breeding on your property. 
  • Keep trash covered. If you want to keep pigeons away, the best deterrent is to protect your trash. Take the time to clean your receptacles as well. Doing so will remove the aroma, which is inviting to pigeons.

The all-natural maintenance tasks can have a big impact. While hard to do, they provide long-lasting deterrence. You can also use bird deterrent products to keep birds away, such as shock tracks, bird spikes, bird netting, solar panel exclusions, and slopes. These are best installed by a trained technician. 

Contact HomeShield Pest Control for bird control in Vero Beach. We provide solutions for home and business property owners. We can make it much harder for birds to roost or nest in the structures on your property.

Sound Solutions For Bird Control: Expert Services You Can Count On

Are you currently dealing with a bird infestation? While deterrents can help to get control of them, you'll also need to have the birds removed. Once again, we strongly recommend professional service. There are several steps to the process.

  • An inspection is performed to evaluate entry points, conducive conditions, nesting, roosting, and other factors.
  • Based on the findings of the inspection, a treatment plan is suggested.
  • A professional has access to professional-grade bird deterrents and traps.
  • When trapping birds, a technician leverages field experience with pest control training to remove the birds without harming them.
  • Removal of birds is only one step of bird removal service. Your technician will also make sure no birds remain inside, that all birds are able to escape, the critical entry points are sealed, and that issues of contamination are considered.
  • If decontamination is needed, your pest professional may have service options available, such as attic clean-out, insulation replacement, and exterior cleaning. Get the details when you request bird removal.
  • Removing birds and applying deterrents requires climbing ladders and walking on roofs. Your professional is insured in two ways: If a technician falls, their injuries are covered, and, in the rare chance that property damage is caused during installation, the damage is also covered. You are never left holding the bill.

Are you in Vero Beach? Find out what HomeShield Pest Control can do for you. We make it easy to contact us. You can use our contact page to ask questions and easily learn about bird control for your Vero Beach home or business. Our service team will guide you every step of the way and help you get the right solution for your specific needs. Bird problems are for the birds. Get the expert guidance you need by reaching out to Home Shield Pest Control today.