The crow can be found in countries all over the world. Their eggs are laid in March, but they will mate from March until June. It is possible for the crow to live up to 20 years. They’re opportunists, so they have a diet composed of insects, small animals like frogs, rodents, grains, fruits, worms, or whatever happens to be in your garbage can. They’re social birds, so you’ll often find them in large flocks that grow as seasons progress. They also are potential transmitters of diseases.
Crow Nesting Problem
These birds are found almost everywhere, and have probably woken you up in the morning at some point. Open fields, meadows, orchards, and similar spaces are perfect for nesting. They also have adapted to living in the suburbs and cities, taking up residence in parks and trees to roost. The most distinct feature of crows is their loud, screeching “caws” they emit. Their nests in tall trees made of various items like sticks, twigs, bark, feathers, cloth, and string. You might also find these on telephone or utility poles. Holes may be poked in your garbage bags when they’re looking for food. They have also been known to peck through insulation, and even rooftops.
These noisy nuisances like to travel in giant flocks--sometimes up to 25,000--and be unbearably loud and annoying to humans. If a large number roosts together, they can sometimes break tree limbs. Aside from the noise, crows in large numbers can leave a mess of droppings and damage property. They may poke holes in rooftops, as well as garbage bags left outdoors, spilling trash everywhere. Crows also will get their beaks into crops like vegetables and grains, having a particular fondness for corn. They will also feed on bird eggs, as well as immature poultry. It is also possible for these birds to spread diseases through their droppings. Histoplasmosis, a disease of the lungs, may be spread to humans, cholera to birds, and gastroenteritis to pigs.
Types of Crows
Crows range from 17 to 21 inches long with black feathers. They can usually be identified by their fan-shaped tails. Their beaks, feet and feathers are entirely black.
Crows On The Roof & In The Chimney
Crows are attracted to trash, waste and roadkill. Make sure to secure your trash and cover your composts. Feed your pets inside and make sure to cleanup your bird feeders regularly. It’s very rare that a crow would end up in your home. If they do it’s by accident.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I remove crow nests?
Thinning out trees to reduce nesting sites may be one way to reduce the crow population in your neighborhood. This reduces their shelter, making them find it elsewhere. Scaring them away with loud noises like fire crackers or alarms may get them to leave. Lights, bright objects, or animal models will also make them take their business elsewhere. If that doesn’t work, turning on the hose and spraying the flock will definitely upset them. To stop them from congregating in the first place, make sure no one is encouraging the crows by feeding them. Always clean up any loose foods, grains, or garbage so these birds aren’t tempted.
Benefits of Professional Crow Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a crow problem. Finding and treating the crows can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the crow infestation.