Facts About Sparrows
The sparrow can be found in most parts of the world. Mating happens from early March through late August. It is possible for sparrows to live up to 13 years. They commonly feed on millet, bird seed, corn, and sunflower seeds, and insects. The can be considered a nuisance because they are a threat to native species.
Nesting Habits of Sparrows
Problem Sparrows create small nests in the eaves of walls, buildings, and the holes in trees. Their nests are made of dried vegetation, feathers, string, and paper. You’ll notice them hopping around instead of just walking like other birds. They love rolling around in dust like they are taking a water bath.
Damage Caused by Sparrow Infestations
These aggressive avians will feed on grains in fields as well as those that are stored. They peck at crops to find food, so they will damage buds, blowers, vegetables, and fruits in the process. If any of this will be fed to livestock, these foods can become contaminated with various viruses like gastroenteritis and salmonella, or even just feathers and droppings. They may even inadvertently introduce beetles, mites, ticks, and other household pests. Sparrows are also fierce competitors, so they will often drive out native birds and destroy their young.
Types of Sparrows
The sparrow is between 6 and 7 inches long with a 9 inch wingspan. Their bodies are gray with brown backs streaked with black. They have reddish-brown streaks above their white cheeks and a black chest (this coloration is not present in females).
Sparrows On The Roof & In The Chimney
Sparrows are often found around people and the buildings they inhabit. You’ll find them not only flying around your backyard, but also in cities, towns, suburbs, and even farms. They’re dependent on people, eating discarded foods, seeds, worms, and insects.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I control a sparrow nesting problem?
You’ll want to cover up openings that sparrows may be attracted to for nesting. Covering them with plywood or wire mesh will help exclude them. If they’re nesting on vines or ivy on your house, cover this with green or black mesh to discourage perching. While sparrows love to kick out other birds from their nests, it is possible to exclude them from birdhouses by installing structures with smaller entryways that can be used only by tiny birds like wrens.
It may also help to get rid of nesting sites in shrubbery or trees. Removing their nests and then getting rid of the site will discourage them from returning. What will not help, however, is scaring them away with either noisemakers or visual devices like scarecrows. They adapt quickly and will return after a short absence.
What are the Benefits of Professional Sparrow Pest Control?
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a sparrow problem. Finding and treating the sparrows 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 sparrow infestation.