As I began my inspection, I immediately noticed an area on the roof that appeared to be damaged. As I got closer I discovered there was a gap between the gutter and the roofline and nesting "debris" was protruding out. Birds can fit through a tiny space as small as only 4 inches, so this opening was the perfect size for a bird to make their way into the homeowner's attic.
Continuing my inspection I found even more nesting debris and bird feces in the gap that was leading into the attic. Birds will bring a huge amount of debris to their intended nesting area, often blocking air vents and circulation and creates favorable conditions for fungal attack. Birds and the debris they use for nesting can carry parasites such as lice, ticks, and fleas. Not only are bird droppings an unsightly mess that can be difficult to remove, but they also harbor diseases such as histoplasmosis and encephalitis.
After carefully removing the nests, I sanitized and deodorized the attic and fascia with a solution that targets bird mites. Bird mites are parasites that feed on the blood of birds. When birds leave their nests, the mites are left behind without a suitable host for their next blood meal. They will make their way into a home, and once inside they will take over, climbing all over your walls, ceilings, and beddings. To make matters worse, bird mites are tiny and semi-transparent, so they are extremely difficult to detect. Bird mites are the main reason why extreme care is needed when removing a nest. The last thing you want to do is disrupt the mites that are crawling in and around the nesting material.
Once the area was sanitized I installed CritterProof over the gutter. CritterProof is specifically designed to protect both your gutter and attic from unwanted animal entry.
Once the CritterProof was in place I installed a fascia plate which will add an extra level of protection to the roof. The homeowner was immensely relieved that his bird problem is gone!
Recently, I went on a call for a homeowner in Bradley Beach, NJ who was complaining of birds in their attic. How did he know he had birds and not another pest? As he was getting into his car a bird flew right at his head and then disappeared into his attic! Talk about a close encounter of the bird kind!