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Signs of a Bird Infestation

Signs of a Bird Infestation

While the birds that inhabit Dallas help to reduce the city’s population of insects and other pests, they can sometimes become pests themselves. To some, a bird infestation may not seem as serious as a rat problem, but an infestation of birds in your home or business can cause serious destruction and disruption. During infestation, the intruders (usually smaller birds), take up residence in your walls and even your chimney. Chimney swifts, grackles, house sparrows, and pigeons are just a few birds that might, one day, stake a claim on your property.

These common birds may seem harmless but can inflict considerable damage on your home or business if left to their own devices.

The Damage Birds Can Cause

Birds residing in your building can cause damage to your basement, garage, or attic. Birds must build nests to protect their family from the elements. Luckily, for the birds, your house has all the materials they need to build their nests. The destruction caused by birds can cause hundreds of dollars of repairs to your home or business.

Besides the physical damage, birds also leave behind droppings that can endanger you or your family’s health. Histoplasmosis is a dangerous infection that comes from a fungus that grows on bird waste, causing humans to develop fever, cough, headaches, body aches, and in some cases, death.

Birds dropping over a roof
Bird droppings are a breeding ground for bacteria and parasites which can lead to serious infections.

Signs Your Property has a Bird Infestation

To protect your property, take some time to make yourself aware of the signs of a bird infestation.

As wildlife removal experts, we have prepared some warning signs so you can recognize a bird infestation early, and call in an expert before the birds inflict significant damage.

1. Large Groups

When we have provided our wildlife removal services, we have found that an increased bird population hanging around your property, particularly in the spring and summer months (when nesting is abundant), is a clear sign that you could have an infestation.

2. Bird Droppings

Groupings of bird droppings in specific areas around your property could mean birds are living in your home or business. Use the droppings to locate the source, and by extension, the infestation.

3. Internal and External Damage

The most obvious sign of a bird infestation is damage to your roof or eaves. Holes in your roof or general damage to your eaves and rafter joints are indications of birds living in your building.

Holes in your attic or basement walls caused by birds foraging for nesting materials can also indicate a bird infestation. 

Roof damaged by birds
Roof damaged by birds.

4. Feathers and Debris

Large clusters of feathers around your property and in your attic or basement are evidence that birds are dwelling in these areas. Birds tend to leave feathers and debris from building their nests inside your property.

Look for feathers and debris around your chimney, gutters, and window frames which are common places for birds to build their nests. In our expert opinion, seeing this debris near the property is a sure sign that your home or business has a bird infestation.

5. Noise

If bird sounds seem louder than usual, it could mean the birds are inside of your home.

Other noises that can alert you to an infestation include the sounds of baby birds crying, wings fluttering, or sounds of scratching in your walls or ceiling.

bird nesting
Spring and summer are the most common when birds build their nest.


There are many ways to manage a bird infestation in your home. Some methods result in the animal’s death, while others take a more humane approach.

While inconvenient when they enter your home, many birds in Dallas are endangered. Because of this, Texas law protects it’s threatened species of birds.

Here are some of the methods used when dealing with a bird infestation:

  • Traps, glue boards, and poisons: Exterminators commonly use these practices to curb infestations of pests such as rats and other vermin. But birds must be managed differently, especially if endangered. These removal techniques can create health hazards for both humans and pets if a trapped, decaying animal is left in the home or business without disposal.
  • Shooting: Shooting birds as a means of pest control is common practice, but can be dangerous to humans nearby, other animals, or sometimes violates state or local laws. There is also a high possibility of the bird suffering with this method because of the inefficiency of shooting a moving target.
  • Encouraging birds to fly out: Birds avoid humans by nature. Encouraging the birds to exit the attic or basement is a simple, safe, and effective way to get rid of the birds while causing them no harm.
  • Large cages: Birds seek refuge indoors when they cannot find food or are suffering from the elements. A safe and humane way to remove birds from a home or business is to lure them into a large cage with food and water.

These methods can rid your home or business of a bird infestation, but techniques such as sealing holes and cracks along your roof or promptly replacing any torn window screens are great ways to bird proof your home and prevent an infestation before it happens.

The Birds Are Gone: Now What?

Companies such as Critter Stop stand apart from other bird removal services because they aim to remove the birds humanely and rehabilitate them back into nature. Birds rarely seek refuge in people’s homes or businesses. They wind up inside by accident or out of desperation for warmth, and they mean no harm. Live bird capture can give you peace of mind that your property and the birds are safe and sound.

Our experts from Critter Stop will also help you bird proof your home to prevent another infestation. Bird removal service from Critter Stop guarantees a bird-free home or business and will check in on your property several times to ensure the critters don’t return.

Even after the experts clear the infestation, your property is not completely safe until it has been purged. At Critter Stop will go the extra step to restore and disinfect your home, removing the debris and other health hazards birds leave behind.

If you think birds may have infested your property, call us at (214) 234-2616 for expert bird removal services before the intruders harm your health or your home

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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
Karen Eckholdt
Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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