Day: January 25, 2016

Getting Rid of Those Rats with Wings

Each year homeowners spend hundreds of dollar cleaning up after and repairing damage caused by pest birds. Pigeons love to roost on the edges of your roof looking for dinner or just enjoying the sun. They can cause a lot of damage to the roof as well as endanger you and your outdoor pet’s health. Speak with a specialist in Roof repair in Manhattan NY to help you install these spikes first! Pigeons can carry any of 60 transmittable diseases, including West Nile Virus and Hystoplasmosis. The debris left behind by the pigeons can contain fleas, mites and ticks. It is essential for homeowners to get rid of pigeons as soon as they see them arrive.One of the best ways to keep pigeons off your roof is to install bird spikes on the peaks and edges. Most pigeons will land on the peak or edge of a roof first to look around and make sure that they are safe, they will then walk around the roof looking for a good roosting or nesting spot.

Bird spikes make it impossible for the pigeons to land on the areas that the spikes are covering. If they cannot land on your roof they will most likely move on to a more hospitable spot.Bird Spikes come in several types. There are all plastic spike strips as well as plastic with stainless steel spikes. Most bird spikes come in two-foot sections and are easily installed using either adhesive or screws. When installing bird spikes on your roof, you will most likely want to use adhesive, as nails or screws will put holes in the roofing material.

Plastic bird spikes will usually come in a variety of colors to match your roof. If you have a tile roof, you can get the terra cotta colored spikes. Plastic bird spikes tend to be less expensive that the stainless steel model. They are made of a polycarbonate plastic similar to that of the headlights of a car, thus they are very rigid and will last quite a while on the roof.