See how to recognize the sparrow and how to proceed when it gets invasive.

The house sparrow: a small pesky bird

Do you know about the house sparrow? This little flying animal can seem cute and harmless, but know that its proliferation can be risky for human health as well as for surrounding buildings. See how to recognize the sparrow and how to proceed when it gets invasive.

 

The house sparrow

Also called the English sparrow, it’s mainly found in Mexico, the United States and, of course, Canada. It’s a tiny bird measuring 15 cm and whose colors vary between brown, grey, beige and black. Often, the sparrow will prefer areas with human activity such as parks, residential areas or even agricultural zones to build their nests. They’re often found in tree branches, but also in cracks and crevices on buildings. They’re generally aggressive towards other bird species, and can claim certain territories that are rich in food. They’re actually good eaters and will often be labeled as opportunistic birds, since their diet varies depending on their environment (seeds, insects, berries, bird feeder food, etc.).

 

Declining population

Although they are quickly-reproducing birds (up to 24 eggs per year), the house sparrow population has been declining for a few years. There are many causes for that, starting with scarcity of food as well as buildings that are less and less adapted to build a nest on. This is why, when it finds a suitable area, the house sparrow can be difficult to properly get rid of if it becomes a nuisance. At Monsieur Pigeons, our experts use efficient methods based on respecting the birds and their conservation. Our team is specially trained to help you displace birds while not putting in peril the many species that are essential for the ecosystem.

 

Damages and dangers associated with a strong house sparrow population

House sparrows can nest in the ventilation ducts of your cooker, oven, bathroom or dryer. They can also dirty up various gathering spots in buildings and residential structures. It’s not rare to see these birds make their way in food processing plants, warehouses and large retail stores and contaminate food products and other merchandise. Their excrements can contain many diseases and parasites, and can cause health complications that are not to be taken lightly.

 

An out-of-control house sparrow population: What to do?

If you notice important accumulation of sparrow excrements on your residential or commercial building, Monsieur Pigeons can take care of the cleanup. We use proper procedures and the necessary protection equipment to complete the task in a safe and efficient manner. And finally, if there are too many birds and they become too much of a problem to your environment, our specialists will advise you on the possible methods, while making sure we do it while respecting the birds and the environment. Take a look at our different solutions on our website or call a member of our team to obtain advice!