The house sparrow is found in nearly every environment where there are houses or structures. You can recognize the house sparrow, or also known as the English sparrow, by its noisy flutter down from eaves or posts to hop around and peck at crumbs or seeds. They are often seen flying out of hidden away nest holes cheeping from a perch on a roof or tree in the yard. House sparrows are primarily granivorous, eating fruit, seeds, grains and garden plants. They are also quite aggressive and social birds which aids in their ability to compete for food and shelter with most native birds. They feed in large numbers over a small area which causes more localized damage. To get rid of the house sparrow takes action where they perch, roost and nest.
House sparrows can be easily dissuaded from perching, roosting and nesting with the use of a sonic bird deterrent. Sonic bird control works by making the bird believe they are being chased by predators, or that one of their own is sending out a distress call alerting the others to danger. Sonic bird deterrents are sonic units with speakers that broadcast a bird’s distress or predator call every few minutes to get rid of the birds in the immediate area simply by scaring them away. The units are very easily programmed and weatherproofed, designed for outside use.
Another needed bird barrier for the sparrow is bird netting. The physical barrier keeps the birds out of places they want to build their nests such as balconies, garages and eave areas. The virtually invisible mesh can be secured using twine, zip ties or hog rings. Bird netting is very light weight and easily managed. Bird netting is ideal to protect garden plants such as fruit trees, berry bushes and vegetable plants. The physical bird barrier simply blocks the birds out of the area.
The reason to keep the house sparrow at bay is their dissemination of over 29 human and livestock diseases such as chlamydiosis, salmonellosis, transmissible gastroenteritis and tuberculosis. These pest birds are also carriers of internal parasites and household pests such as bed bugs, fleas, lice and ticks. The bird droppings are very acidic and can eat through and destroy most materials including paint, wood and siding. The monetary cost each year to homeowners because of pest bird damage is extremely high.
Homeowners need to take precaution to protect their property structures and the health of the entire family. Bird deterrents and bird barriers are humane practices for keeping out of harm’s way by getting rid of the pest bird. Saving time and money by applying bird control solutions before the damage can be done should be a priority. While birds in general are beautiful to watch, it is just as pleasant to watch them glide through the air away from your backyard.