Just as with most countries, it is not uncommon to find some parts of Singapore facing a pest bird problem. Most of these destructive birds tend to take residence at places in huge flocks and manage to successfully cause discomfort to the people living nearby and not to mention wreaking havoc to the environment and damage to property. With the difficult economic times, spending money on home repair can be quite unpleasant.
The red-billed Quelea birds which are often times known as the “feathered locusts” have caused problems for farmers in Singapore thanks to their ability to cause damage to crops. Poor harvests have become the norm in some rural farming regions thanks to these pest birds. The pigeons too are a common problem especially in the urban regions of Singapore. However, all is not lost for the Singapore resident because there isn’t a bird pest problem that can’t be dealt with.
As a Singapore resident facing a bird pest problem, consider taking some effective measures to handle this problem. To steer you in the right direction, six of those measures that you should take are as follows:-
1. Cut Off The Food Source
Cutting off the food source will help a lot because they are highly likely to move to another location where there is food. Avoid feeding them unintentionally by leaving leftovers lying around. Clean up well after taking meals and dispose off those leftovers properly. If you are feeding other pets or animals within your home, ensure that you feed them within an enclosed area to prevent the pest birds from taking the food from your animals. Keep in mind that most pest birds are usually scavengers and are likely to rummage through your trash for food. Remember to cover the trash cans in order to prevent them from accessing food. In the end you will notice their numbers dwindling and eventually they will all move from the vicinity of your home and to a place where they can freely find food.
2. Drain Any Standing Water
Birds love standing water and will drink from there from time to time. They will find refuge nearby as long as they have easy access to water. Get rid of them by simply draining the water and in the case of swimming pools or fountains within your property, consider screening them off with bird repellent, to keep the birds from coming and force them to look for another water source.
3. Make Roosting Places Unavailable
Check out any roosting places within your home and seal them off. Pigeons love roosting on flat surfaces so ensure that there are no flat surfaces available. Put flower vases on those window ledges that pigeons love or use strips with mild electric shock to scare them away. You can also prevent them from landing and leaving those irksome droppings anywhere by making sure that you attach a wooden sheathing at 45 and 60 degree angles. This will make it difficult for them to land. Once you discourage them from nesting, fewer and fewer of them will call the place home and eventually they will all disappear to a more comfortable nesting area far from your home and much to your relief.
4. Use Bird Birth Control
Most of these pest birds such as pigeons grow quickly and nest quickly. When you give them birth control disguised as food, it will no doubt prevent the increase in their numbers. After eating this food laced with birth control, they will definitely lay eggs that won’t ever hatch. In some cases they will not lay the eggs at all. This will help reduce their numbers and eventually get rid of them. This method especially works on pigeons and in fact there is a specifically manufactured pigeon birth control out there.
5. Clean Their Nesting Areas and Apply Bird repellent.
Birds love nesting around signage, air conditioners and so on. In such, a case pull down the signage if it is not important. You could also clean the bird droppings and have the area painted to prevent them from coming back. Remember when birds nest on dangerous areas such as electrical transformers they might cause serious damage such as fires and so on which will not cost cheap when it comes to repair.
6. Seek Professional Help
Sometimes you might be wondering what method to use in order to get rid of your bird pests. You might also not be an expert in the various bird catching traps and are obviously wondering which one to use or what to do about the birds. Professionals know best and it is best to trust them to carry out a successful elimination job of bird pests because with their years of experience they will not lack workable tactics. With many pest control companies that also specialize in bird pests, it is not difficult to find one that will deal with your bird problem whether you are facing a huge flock of red-billed quilea or a handful of pigeons.
Birds that cause damage are actually a serious issue in Singapore especially the pigeons which love the urban areas. Farmers on the other hand complain about the quilea bird infestation on their crops. These quilea birds aren’t called “feathered locusts” for nothing. They actually cause damage to crops the same way locusts do and often times worse. With the rate at which the quilea bird is reproducing, soon the government might actually declare them a national disaster especially if they spread in most rural regions.
Pigeons on the other hand have terrorized cities and some businesses have actually evacuated premises because of a pigeon problem. This is in order to avoid incurring repair costs and losses as a results of the damage of goods.
Thanks to the above effective ways, Singapore residents will not find it difficult to deal with bird pests. Both the government of Singapore and environment enthusiasts support every effort by its citizens to ensure a clean environment free of pests of any kind. This goes to show that pests of any should be dealt with seriously.