One of the stories that virtually every homeowner can tell who has had an issue with birds is that they simply didn't understand how these animals were able to get inside their attic, walls, or other part of their house. By the time they noticed that these birds had been there for some time, they were completely in dismay at the damage that a colony of pigeons can create.
These animals are some of the most disgusting you will come across, and when they are in large groups the damage they can leave in your attic or in your walls is beyond words. It is not just in their waste, but also in the fact that bacteria, mold, and mildew can build up because of the waste they leave behind. It can turn your house into a true nightmare.
While this is a problem that does occur, the truth is that it is one that can be avoided. Most often the signs are there that birds have access into your home if you are just looking properly. This may make you wonder how to inspect the house for bird entry holes? Where you want to start is by going around the outside of your home and shacking along the siding to see if there are areas where there are gaps between boards. This can happen because of the crack, a board becoming loose, or because part has simply separated over time. These present the perfect opportunity for a pigeon to gain access into your house, so look for these areas and ensure that the seal is properly in place.
You also want to look around areas where there are vents or around windowsills to make sure that they are properly sealed and closed as well. Vents become one of the best ways for a pigeon to get in, because the slats can separate from one another over time. It only takes a small fraction of space for one of these birds to worm its way through, so make sure that the slats are properly positioned and that they don't allow birds access. Look for gaps along the roof area, under eaves, or around your chimney. These are common areas that a pigeon can use to get in as well, and they usually allow the bird the perfect access into your attic area.
Another problem is the fact that screens may have a tear or rip to them. If this is the case, you need to replace the screen or ensure that it is fixed so that there is no gap in the screen area. Also make sure that the screen fits snugly in the window, so that there is no gap to either side of the screen. A little attention on your part can go a long way in ensuring that these birds do not get into your home. You should inspect around your house at least twice a year, and fix any issue right away.
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