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You might be surprised to learn that homeowners in New Jersey and Pennsylvania often have trouble with birds nesting on their property. When winter turns to spring and the weather starts to warm up, starlings and sparrows start making nests so they can lay eggs.
European starlings and house sparrows are social birds that like to live in groups in both natural environments and places that people have made, like attics. If you've ever had a bird problem, you know how annoying and dangerous it can be.
If the problem isn't fixed, the droppings, damage, and noise will only get worse as the season goes on. Did you know that birds will always return to the same places if they can? Why would they go somewhere else if they can nest where they are?
How do you know if your attic is full of birds?
Birds nest in soffits, gable vents, broken vent covers for exhaust fans, stove vents, bathroom vents, dryer vents, exposed gutters, and light fixtures by doorways. Once they are inside, they aren't very quiet. Birds could be making all the flapping, banging, and scratching sounds in your attic.
The morning and evening are when they are most active, but that doesn't mean you won't hear them at other times of the day. The first sign that birds are living in your attic is that there is bird poop everywhere.
When you go up to your attic, you'll smell an awful smell that's impossible to miss. Mostly because birds live in large groups, their droppings pile up very quickly. You might see starlings or sparrows if you see birds.
Starlings from Europe
European Starlings are easy to spot because their black feathers have a greenish-blue sheen and are covered in white spots. Their yellow bills are also pointed. They are small birds that are 7.9–9.1 inches long and have wings that span 12.2–15.8 inches. They may be the most common bird that bothers people in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
Most likely, the large, noisy groups of blackbirds on your lawn are European starlings. We've all seen them outside, but when they nest in attics, they can be a big problem.
The House Sparrows
The house sparrow is a small bird with a unique look. The backs of females are striped with black and brown, and their bodies are grayish-brown. The only difference between males and females is that males have a darker reddish-brown color on their heads and a mix of dark brown and black stripes on their backs.
There are a lot of these non-native birds in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, as well as all over the country as a whole. Like European starlings, house sparrows gather in large groups to eat on lawns and other parts of your property. They also like to nest in attics, light fixtures, and gutters.
What dangers do birds nesting in your attic pose to your health?
Birds make a lot of mess. Their waste can pile up quickly, which is bad for your health. Pathogens, parasites, and bacteria can be spread by bird droppings, and the risk grows as the bird problem gets worse. You won't have any luck if you wait for the birds to leave on their own. Some types of birds in the area try to go back to the same spot every year if they can. When they find a warm, dry place that keeps their nests safe from rain and predators, they have no reason to leave.
Birds will use both natural and man-made things to build their nests. In their search for places to build nests, birds can tear through the wiring in your attic, which is a fire hazard right away. They can also tear up paper and insulation in your attic. Birds also like to use dropped hair and string to make their nests. Birds can damage your things and bring nesting materials from outside into your home. That means that there will be piles of leaves, feathers, grass, and other plant parts all-around your attic.
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