Types of Birds and Their Tracks
When personal properties become overrun with birds, the tracks they leave behind scar the landscape with unsightly markings. While some naturalists enjoy identifying bird species based on their footprints, many residents deem bird tracks irritating and unattractive. Most nuisance birds, such as pigeons and starlings, leave prints with three forward facing toes. Woodpeckers are unique with two forward facing and two backward facing digits, built for climbing trees. Water bird tracks, like those from ducks and geese, can be quickly identified by the webbing seen between their toes.
Bird tracks are often found amongst flattened flowerbeds and grazed-over gardens. Footprints from these pests disturb gardens and well-manicured lawns. The damage can take a significant amount of time, effort, and money to repair. Bird tracks can also appear as muddy prints along driveways, sidewalks, and patios. Their presence also means the pests’ feces are nearby. When disturbed, bird droppings can release Histoplasma spores, causing infection. This may lead to muscle aches, rashes, and shortness of breath among other symptoms.
Minimizing and Preventing Bird Tracks
To minimize bird tracks in and around the yard, avian shocks can be applied to a wide range of surfaces. These devices discharge a non-lethal electric current when birds contact the wire, training them to stay away. Installing spikes where birds roost may also help to reduce populations. In addition, consider removing bird feeders or any other sources of food until nuisance species are under control. When bird tracks become abundant, call the wildlife control experts at Trutech to humanely remove the pests from residential homes.