We all like birds, but pigeons, sparrows and starlings are classified as pests because of the damage bird droppings can do and the diseases the birds may harbor. Contamination from bird droppings can cause the loss of products in business and do extensive damage to exteriors of building too. Besides being unsanitary, bird droppings can drive business away also. Additionally, birds can get inside chimneys, vents and flues causing clogs leading to safety issues like carbon monoxide poisoning. Plus; the noise of a large bird population can be distracting as well. So if you have a bird control problem and need a bird exterminator, call us at General Pest Control for pest management.

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Three of the main problematic birds are pigeons, sparrows and starlings. When these birds become a problem, it’s because of the bird droppings and material used for the nests; and the nests themselves, can cause serious health and safety issues. These issues are such things like the spread of a number of different diseases; the spread of bedbugs, yellow mealworms and chicken mites. Plus, bird droppings can cause a slip hazard on sidewalks or birds nets can cause fires if built too near electrical equipment or lights. Also, bird nests can interfere with the drainage of water by clogging drains, and the nests can clog flues used to vent carbon monoxide from homes or businesses.

Below are the three birds identified:

  • Pigeons or Rock Doves: The common pigeon is a large bird with a small head and short legs. Their colorations are blue-gray heads with markings of greenish, yellow and reddish purple. They have a grayish pink bill. There are also color variations of plain, spotted, rusty or pale patterns for the birds. Since pigeons reuse the same nests, they’re not too much about cleanliness. So the eggs can be hatched in debris, dead baby birds, unhatched eggs and feces. This is what is hanging around your home or property. A pigeon infestation is found by seeing more than just a couple of pigeons perched or roosting near a building. Droppings are also another sign of a pigeon presence as well as seeing nests on ledges and hearing cooing.
  • Sparrows: Sparrows are the most common of the bird species and are recognized by people mostly everywhere. A female sparrow has a yellowish bill, and the male has a black face. These birds are noisy and forage aggressively. They invade feeders and attack or threaten other birds. Nests are built anywhere there’s an opening or gap or on traffic lights and shop signs. They will reuse the nest they have already built. How you can tell that you have an infestation is by the amount of birds, the nests, droppings and the chirping.
  • European starlings: These birds are about the size of a robin with long narrow beaks and short tails. In warm weather, their coloring is purple-green feathers with a white bill with brownish colored bodies with blue-black bills in weather that’s colder. Starlings live anywhere humans do and nest in various habitats. A starling can squeeze itself through a hole as small as an inch in diameter also. Signs that you have a starling problem are messy droppings and noisy annoying chatter.


Since these kinds of birds love sheltered locations which is what a building is to them, they can become a problem in populated or unpopulated areas. To handle an issue like this you will need professional help to get rid of this invasion. Some methods which are used are exclusion devices to prevent birds from roosting and nesting. Also, using bird screening will prevent birds from nesting.

So call us at General Pest Control. We have products and employ techniques which are effective and humane. So if you are having bird control issues in Mount Ivy, NY, or Nanuet, NY, and in and around Rockland County; call us and we will send one of our experts today.

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