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Can Birds Really Do That?

4 Destructive Powers of Pests on the Wing

You don’t look at a flock flying overhead and picture property damage on the wing. Those warblers in the backyard sound sweet without a hint of harm to home or business. Our Arizona birds don’t intentionally hatch disastrous plots, but their lifestyle can cause an astonishing level of damage. Here are four destructive ways that birds wreak havoc on houses and commercial buildings.

1. Rain Ruin on Gutters – Bird droppings in the gutter are more than just a flyover problem. The accumulation encourages slime and mold growth that make cleanup an unhealthy chore. The buildup acts as an organic magnet for leaves and natural debris, but the clogging potential doesn’t stop there. Birds can roost in gutters and block water flow to downspouts. Soggy nests add a heavy weight that strains gutter seams and loosens hangers.

2. Eat Holes in Roofs – Woodpeckers aren’t the only flying Phoenix and Tucson pests that use our area’s buildings as foraging fields. Roofs present perfect buffets for hungry birds pecking away at insects that creep into shingles and shakes. All that beak power creates gaps and holes that eventually turn into leaks. Bird droppings make the problem worse with an acidic composition that degrades most substrates including tar-based materials.

3. Foul Up Electrical Equipment – If birds used port-a-potties, outside electrical equipment would breathe a collective sigh of relief. Instead, expensive machinery deals with caustic droppings that coat cables, slime belts and short out wiring. The mess adds further insult to electrical injury when air conditioning units circulate parasites and pathogens from bird droppings through ductwork into homes and offices.

4. Build Hidden Fire Hazards – Birds construct their nests with built-in ventilation and drainage, and the combination of twigs, straw and dried droppings are surprisingly flammable. Our arid Arizona climate contributes to the problem, so dry nests near electrical wiring can pose serious fire hazards. Commercial signage, security lights and solar panels are especially vulnerable, but nests near any electrical equipment are cause for concern.

They’re your feathered friends, and we appreciate the beautiful birds here in Arizona too. Still, no one wants an avian version of “Sharknado” descending on the house or fouling the office. If you’re concerned that budgies around your property are moving in a little too close, give us a call. Here at Burns Pest Elimination, we specialize in handling all kinds of Phoenix and Tucson pests on the fly.

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