Why are Birds and Bats a problem?

**BIRDS**  or more commonly House Sparrows and European Starlings are an invasive exotic species that can increase their population very quickly through a large area in a short amount of time. Invasive species are "a species that is not native to a specific location and that has a tendency to spread to a degree believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy and human health". While the European Starling was introduced to America in the early 1890s the House Sparrow was introduced even earlier around 1851. These birds can be mostly found in the cities, near buildings or barns. Both species nest in structure like places ranging from gutters and downspouts to trees and bushes. They will also access openings in siding, poorly sealed roofs and rotting pieces of wood like fascias or soffits or even in the housing of power line conduits. House Sparrows don't put up much of a fight when transferring or dealing with their nesting material but the European Starlings can be seen acting very aggressively towards the disturber and usually will try to intimidate them by dive bombing them and squawking very loudly and obnoxiously. They outcompete birds such as woodpeckers, chickadees owls and even ducks which are known as cavity nesting birds. They are known to destroy nests and the eggs inside, and kill the nestlings and adults to forcefully make it their own nesting location.

In addition Bird droppings are unsanitary; birds also carry mites which in a heavy infestation have been known to infest peoples homes from nesting sights in roof eaves or ventilation and ductwork.

Exclusion is always the best for birds. Every once in a while birds nest in areas of the home that don't bother a homeowner or building occupant. Every now and then if a bird infestation is bad enough mites can be drawn to nearby hosts (being people) if the bird nest gets large enough. Birds more commonly sparrows and starlings invade chimneys; nesting in the dampers, blocking off flue exhausts, dormer openings, soffits, utility lines, and even making entry in areas of your attic space. Best Known Pest Control will go around the entire roofline of home and check all potential nesting sites and remove the access areas accordingly with a wire mesh material to discourage birds from entering and nesting in your home.

**BATS** are known to be a valuable species to our environment but they can also be considered a nuisance and a risk factor when they decided to make your home their home. Here in New England we have two main types of bats that we most commonly run into; Big Brown bats and Little Brown bats. Both have many similar characteristics mostly besides size. Big Brown bats feed on mainly beetles but will also feed on moths, flies and other insects. Little Brown bats are a power house when it comes to insect feeding and are "capable of catching 1000 insects in just one hour”. This is a huge deal when it comes to large numbers of mosquitoes and this is also considered a form of biological pest control. The most important thing to take away from this is that they can both spread disease from their fecal matter or what is also known as "guano". Bats poop an excessive amount and once a bat enters your home, most of the time it is pretty obvious. Noises in your walls is also not uncommon. 

Bats are considered a flying mouse on how they squeeze through tight openings as small as a quarter inch or the size of a dime sensing the warm drafty areas of your home by only the slightest degree change.  A Common bug that bats play host to are "bat bugs", these little bugs usually mistaken for "bed bugs" are usually taken care of as soon as the bat issue has been dealt with by exclusionary methods. These bugs are commonly confused with bed bugs and spread in the same manor. With No bats comes no "bat bugs" or other potential insects or any problems they can bring into your home.

All wildlife quotes are made with an eyes on inspection to know what the work entails, what equipment will be needed and the amount of work to be performed especially when it comes to  the exclusion of any wildlife from entering a home or business. 

Big brown bat roosted next to recently excluded area of home!

Big brown bat roosted next to recently excluded area of home!