The Impact of Pest Birds: Economic, Health, and Environmental
There are three major ways in which birds can impact negatively on their environment and start to be classed as pests.
The first is economic – damage to infrastructure and property. The act of building nests can damage all sorts of spaces, from your chimneys or the eaves of your roof to your solar panels, as certain bird species love to nest underneath. Birds can damage crops while searching for food, and their droppings can also erode buildings and other parts of your infrastructure.
The second is the risks to health. Birds, their feathers and their droppings can carry all manner of bacteria and diseases which can result in serious illness. For business owners, the presence of such diseases can result in fines or even complete closure.
Finally, pest birds can also cause environmental challenges. If the population of a certain species grows too much, it can throw out the entire ecosystem. It can reduce the availability of food for other species, or it can lead to changing behaviours as these birds need more food sources and more spaces in which to nest.
The good news is that all of this can be avoided – as long as it is done legally.