Damages Nuisance Birds Can Cause in Your Attic.
Who doesn’t like to watch flying birds over the setting sun? Or who doesn’t like to listen to the chirping sounds of birds in a lovely spring morning? Although birds are the beauty of nature, they can be a nuisance. And if you’ve had to deal with a bird infestation before, you know this to be true.
Birds sometimes reside in attics because of the warmth and comfort it provides. Due to the safety attics provide, birds see it as a perfect location for nesting. However, their presence comes with several problems. These potential problems are further exacerbated by the fact that once a bird seeks refuge in your attic, it’s only a matter of time before others follow suit.
This post will help you understand the potential damage associated with nuisance birds in the attic so you can act appropriately.
Once a bird chooses to live in your attic, it gets on to building its nest. It brings in a variety of materials, including leaves, dirt, and pine straws. To complete its nest, the bird will pull out the insulation and even electrical wiring. The loss of insulation reduces the ability to maintain a steady and comfortable temperature in your home. This invariably leads to an increase in electricity bills due to the HVAC system.
When the insulation material around a wire is pulled off, it creates a fire hazard, as partial contact can result in sparks, which can devolve into a house fire. Furthermore, the dropping of birds contains uric acid, which is corrosive. In minute quantities, the effect is minimal. However, if several birds are living in your attic for a long period, the uric acid exponentially accumulates and its effect can be profound. It weakens roof tar, tar paper, ceilings, and rooflines.
If you have valuables stored in your attic, they may be subject to damage by these unwelcome visitors.
While hearing the sound of chirping birds in nature may feel divine, it produces the opposite effect when the sound is coming from your attic. Rustling, fluttering, and scurrying sounds coming from your attic cause discomfort, especially if you’re trying to sleep.
For individuals that have a fear of birds (ornithophobia), it induces anxiety that will eventually affect the emotional well-being of that person.
Having birds in your attic comes with several health-related concerns. First, there are over 60 diseases associated with birds and their droppings. A common example is Salmonellosis that is found in many pigeons, starlings, and sparrows. Humans and pets can contract the infection when they consume contaminated food or water. Its side effects include diarrhoea, sudden fever, nausea, and abdominal pain.
Another disease they carry is cryptococcosis, which can be contracted by handling and breathing in the droppings of an infected bird. The disease may result in headaches, sensitivity to light, fever, stiff neck, and hallucinations. Other common diseases and parasites they carry include histoplasmosis, trichomoniasis, mites, and lice.
Furthermore, the presence of birds and their nesting materials attracts other insects and parasites, which can easily spread to other sections of your house.
The best way to protect the structural integrity of your house and the well-being of your family is to get rid of birds living in your attic. They have to be removed and the infected space has to be decontaminated. Finally, all potential entry holes have to be sealed off to prevent the problem from reoccurring.