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What is a Pest Bird?

Certain birds are considered pests in New Zealand due to their damage to property, and the serious health issues they can cause. Some of the common bird pests include, Feral pigeons or Columba liva, Indian Mynas, Sparrows and Starlings.

Shortly after fertilisation, the female bird identifies a place where she can lay her eggs – depending on the species, this will either be in a nest or a hole in the ground. A great number of birds prefer to build nests shaped like plates, mounds or domes to live and breed in. The eggs require to maintained at a certain temperature (or incubated) for them to develop. Incubation begins immediately after the female bird lays her last egg and will last until the final one hatches. Incubation duties are shared between the two parents in monogamous species while one parent takes the responsibility in species that practise polygamy. The warmth passes from the bird to the eggs through patches of bare skin on the bird’s breast and abdomen called “brood patches”. The eggs will take between 10-80 days to hatch depending on the species. Chicks are either brought up by a single parent or both in polygamous and monogamous species respectively.

Why do I have them?

Pest birds are generally attracted to a property because of food and/or their ability to nest and roost undisturbed, There populations become harder to control the longer they are left.

Are they dangerous?

Birds pests can cause significant damage to a property and are known to carry diseases. They endanger the health of the people around them by spreading illnesses like salmonella, E. coli and ornithosis. The presence of birds encourages insects like bird mites, fleas and textile beetles to infest as these pests gravitate to roosting sites and nests. When birds nest close to places where food is produced or warehoused, they can contaminate products and equipment. They soil buildings, cars, pavements and entrances with their droppings, and also cause surfaces to become slippery to walk on. When situated close to wires, lights or other electrical equipment, nests may be a fire hazard.

How do I get rid of pest birds?

Getting rid of pest birds can be a difficult task due to their territorial behaviour. NZ Pest Control is your one-stop company for eradication of pest bird problems. Our highly trained pest control professionals will make a thorough inspection of your property and then create a custom designed solution to rid your property of pest birds in the quickest and safest manner possible.

Can I do it myself?

Do-It-Yourself methods of pest bird control are often not successful as it takes a trained eye to know just how to deal with these pests and there behavioural patterns.

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How soon can you get here?

At NZ Pest Control, we strive to give our customers a rapid, efficient service, and make every effort to be with you as soon as possible.

Is the treatment safe?

All products used by NZ Pest Control, must have first been thoroughly checked by the EPA and registered for pest control use. Only then can they be considered for use by our highly trained pest control professionals. You can be assured that pest control services provided by NZ Pest Control will not cause any harm to humans or pets.

How can I prevent pest birds in the future?

The best way to discourage birds is to remove their food sources, and access to nesting and roosting sites. Keep any possible food sources well hidden. Make sure bin lids are secure and rubbish bags are not left out in the open. Removing access to nesting and roosting sites can be an effective bird deterrent.

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