Bird Identification

What are birds?

There are more than 10,000 species of birds living worldwide. Most live outside and away from us or live in conjunction with us peacefully. However, some species have become an enormous problem for people, especially Portsmouth business owners. Birds are animals and share the following characteristics:

  • Wings (but not all can fly)
  • Warm-blooded
  • Feathers
  • Two legs and two eyes
  • A bill (beak)
  • High metabolism
  • Hatch from eggs

a pigeon walking on gravel in portsmouth ohio

Two birds living in our area that are particularly problematic are the pigeon and starling.


Pigeons have a light gray body. Depending on the exact species, some may have rust or metallic colored feathers going across their breast, neck, and head. Adult pigeons also have two dark bars crossing their wings and another crossing their tail. Their beak is grayish-pink in color.


Starlings are stocky, short-tailed birds. They are a dark color with lighter speckles covering their feathers. They have a yellow beak that turns a darker tan or gray in cold temperatures. 

Are birds dangerous?

Dangerous, unwanted pests, birds, should never be allowed to turn our properties into somewhere they are comfortable enough to roost and nest. Reasons why pest birds are dangerous and unwelcome include:

  • When spores in their feces become airborne and inhaled by people, they can make us very ill.
  • Their droppings can have fungal growth that causes diseases like histoplasmosis.
  • Birds carry and spread disease-causing parasites.
  • Their droppings are corrosive and cause damage to roofing materials and other structural elements.
  • Bird nests and feathers clog and damage machinery, vents, fans and cause electrical shorts and fires.

Why do I have a bird problem?

Like other pests, birds like pigeons and starlings have come to live near people and learned to take advantage of the food and shelter our commercial structures and outdoor spaces offer them. Pest birds do well in various environments; from rural farms to the center of large cities, they are adaptable, and as long as food and roosting sites are available, they make it work.

Things that often attract pest birds to a property include:

  • Bird feeders
  • Animal feed
  • Open trash cans
  • Compost
  • Gardens and fruit trees
  • Outdoor eating areas

Where will I find birds?

Birds will roost in various spaces. Roof eaves, chimneys, holes in a structure’s exterior, and rafters are some favorite nesting spots in warehouses, barns, and other commercial facilities. Outside, these birds nest in trees, in between rocks, and under bridges.

Pest birds can become a massive problem for any business owner, damaging crop fields, buildings, electrical equipment, golf courses, sidewalks, and other structures. Starlings and pigeons will take advantage of any sheltered area to roost. Both roost overnight and are out and about during the day foraging for food.

How do I get rid of birds?

Pest birds are not deterred easily and are a frustrating problem to deal with. The best way to solve your bird problem is to reach out to a professional for help. At Ohio Pest Control, Inc., we can provide the services needed to protect your commercial property from these pests. We respond quickly, offer effective treatment options and the follow-up services necessary to ensure your completely satisfied and pest birds are no longer a threat to your business. To learn more about our bird control options, reach out to the local professionals at Ohio Pest Control today.

How can I prevent birds in the future?

In conjunction with our effective services, the following prevention tips will help you defend your commercial property against pest birds:

  • Maintain gutters. Clogged gutters allow rainwater to collect and provide a water source for birds.
  • Remove bird feeders from your property that pest birds could take advantage of.
  • Always keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans or covers over dumpsters.
  • Inspect the exterior of your building, filling in any holes you discover.
  • If you have outdoor eating areas on your property, make sure they are well maintained and free of food debris.

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