Sparrow
Birds in the bathroom fan or kitchen vent? Sparrows making nests in your attic or garage? Those little weaver finches in the attic may well be sparrows. Sometimes sparrows cause damage by pecking at insulation inside attics. The nests of sparrows can also be dangerous, as they can be potential fire hazards. Call Critter Control today for effective sparrow removal, control and exclusion services.

Identifying A Sparrow

Sparrows are some of the most popular birds in the United States, with millions of different species! The two most common species are song sparrows and house sparrows. Sparrows are not afraid of humans, and as such, they are found in close proximity. Sparrows are extremely common and chances are you have seen or encountered these birds a time or two.

Appearance & Habitat

These birds are typically very small, weighing between 0.85oz - 1.4oz. These birds are also typically very social, and nest in colonies.  Sparrows can range from a number of colors, sizes, and behaviors all over the world. However, the most common species of sparrow you are likely to encounter is the House Sparrow, which is very easily identified.

Males,

  • Have black colored bibs across their chests
  • Have short, black beaks
  • Have gray colored patches on their heads

Females,

  • Are dull in color, ranging from shades of gray to brown
  • Have unmarked breasts
  • Have tan colored beaks

Due to the fact that these birds are so well accustomed to humans, sparrows often nest in manmade structures, such as behind signs, beneath roof overhangs, gutters, flowerbeds, windowsills, among rafters, and even in streetlights. You can usually spot sparrows hopping along the ground, pecking at seeds or bits of food on city streets or in municipal parks.

Sparrows and Humans

Sparrows are very common among neighborhoods, homes, and yards. House sparrows in particular rely on humans for everything from nesting sites to food. These birds like to nest in intrusive places, like roofs, windowsills or unoccupied buildings. 

Damage

Although sparrows may not harm people very much, they are still known to cause damage. Sparrows will harass other bird species by destroying their eggs and driving them away from food sources. Flocks of sparrows can destroy gardens and grain crops, as well as livestock feed and grass seeds. Their nesting habits can cause further damage by blocking drains, gutters, and ventilation ducts. Their nests can even be a fire hazard if built in the wrong places.

Sparrow Control

The best way to protect against sparrows is to remove potential nesting sites and food sources. Property owners should remove bird feeders, try not to lay down unprotected grass seeds, seal or block crevices and holes, and use wire mesh or cloth on unsecured lamp posts and roof overhangs. 

Though sparrows peacefully coexist with humans and may seem harmless, these birds are still unwanted guests in most cases and can be a pest. People should not attempt to approach or trap the birds. Critter Control wildlife experts are prepared to help manage unwanted sparrow problems in effective and humane manners.

We can help you get rid of sparrow problems! Call our Kansas City office today! 913.962.9200.

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