Birds can become a nuisance when they choose to nest or roost in unwanted areas of your home or business. Birds, droppings and nesting materials can negatively impact our surroundings and carry over 60 diseases which can be passed on to humans and pets. Bird infestations also encourage a range of other pests such as flies and fleas, but the most common is the bird mite. Bird control issues are a frustrating and expensive hazard. Persistent bird homing instincts and complex environmental conditions make it hard to find a ‘one size fits all’ solution. Consequently, it’s important to seek expert advice. Before engaging a service, research your Pest Bird Technician to ensure they have the knowledge and capability to supply the right management system to solve your problem. The longer birds are allowed to nest or roost in an unwanted area; the harder it will be to get them to leave. It’s important to take a proactive approach when dealing with pest birds. Contact with humans usually occurs after birds gain entry to roof cavities of our homes and business to construct their nests, which normally occurs in early spring or summer. However, some infestations also occur from birds roosting on the outside of dwellings such as window ledges or awnings. The mites feed on the young, as well as the adult birds, and the large amount of nesting material used by the birds provides the mites with an ideal environment in which to thrive. The mites have a short life cycle, but can rapidly generate large populations.