Birds can be a beautiful part of our natural environment, but that beauty can be seriously disrupted by the damaging droppings, overpopulations, and incessant caws and cheeps of three common species designated as pest birds.

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  • There are several types of birds that nest in or on our buildings, with grackles, pigeons, and sparrows being the most common offenders in North Texas. Once they take up residence they are quite messy and can be quite a nuisance.
  • Sparrows love to nest in exhaust vents, often clogging them which can create a fire hazard.
  • Pigeons and grackles tend to flock in large numbers leading to large accumulations of droppings, which can cause respiratory illness in humans (see CDC information on histoplasmosis). Control measures vary based on type of bird, and position of nest.

PigeonsOften called flying rodents because of the filth they carry. These birds are the largest and most damaging of the pest birds. Because they have become dependent on humans for their food and shelter, they tend to congregate in (and populate) areas in which food is plentiful.

House SparrowsTheir incessant sharp cheeping can become a great nuisance, particularly in areas of high populations. They can very aggressive and year round pests in many areas of the Unites states. Sparrow droppings will deface and damage structures, and cause an unsightly appearance that is difficult to remove. They have been implicated as hosts of and contributors to the rapid spread of West Nile virus.

StarlingsThese birds travel in flocks and are commonly found in trees or on clogged gutters, which provide them with drinking water. As with other pest birds, the starling's droppings can erode structures, and when roosting in flocks, significant damage can result.