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Sparrows

Actual Size: 6 inches

Characteristics:  Female sparrows are brown or gray in color, and males will be a brighter black and white, sometimes with brown markings. Typically 1.5 ounces in weight.

Behavior:

  • Sparrows have rounded heads.
  • They will continually let out short chirps.
  • Sparrows are found in many parts of the world.
  • Sparrows will choose to eat seeds or grains, but will eat other available items as well.

 

 

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Pest Description

Sparrow Behavior

More and more frequently, sparrows can be found nesting in shared spaces with humans, either in residential or commercial spaces. They will often choose a nesting space because of food availability, such as feed stores or warehouses. Sparrows still inhabit rural spaces, such as livestock pastures and barns, and will avoid woodlands, grasslands, and deserts, where food is scarce. The common house sparrow can become aggressive when sharing space with humans, particularly when they perceive that their offspring or nest is in danger.

Problems Caused by Sparrows

Sparrows can be transmitters of various diseases, including encephalitic conditions and tuberculosis. Their droppings and shed feathers can contaminate spaces and cause health problems, especially in commercial food storage or preparation facilities. Sparrows are also known to carry various parasites.

Sparrows can also cause structural damage, either by buildings nests within insulation, or pecking holes through structural wood. Their nests also pose a fire risk.

Preventing and Controlling Sparrows

Identification of the bird itself is the first and most crucial step. There are many birds that are federally protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Although house sparrows are not specifically protected by the federal government as migratory birds, there may be specific rules or permits for the area that need to be obtained before controlling sparrows can be completed. If control measures and preventative steps are allowable and appropriate, small exclusionary netting can be used to prevent sparrows from accessing specific areas. Expandable foam and steel wool can also be utilized to block access points, but each building should have an individual plan for exclusion.

An expert in bird control can assess the full scope of the issue and employ the best methods for elimination and control. It’s best to call a bird control professional who can identify the bird, and follow all protocols concerning removal. At Pest Control Inc, we use a variety of different treatment techniques, including surveillance, baiting, and exclusion solutions.