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  8. Moisture and mould health problems
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  11. Wildlife pests that plague your home
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wildlife damages paint finishes

Wildlife Control & Removal

wildlife damages paint finishes
Do not allow birds to nest in your roof. Most bird droppings contain uric acid that may cause damage to paint finishes. Dangerous bacteria may also be found in the droppings of pigeons. Some birds carry ticks, fleas and mites.


Common Sense Control of Wildlife

Some wildlife can be a real nuisance, even causing damage. Painted finishes are the most susceptible to damage from the acid in their droppings!

The most common wildlife around the home are pigeons, hadedas, sparrows, mynas, snakes, rodents (moles, house mice, tree squirrels) etc.

Think Through the Problem

Preventing and controlling pest damage involves an integrated pest management approach.

  • Assess the damage.
  • Check sources of food attracting unwanted wildlife. (Removing this could solve your problem.)
In addition:
  • Identify the wildlife species causing the problem (not always an easy task).
  • Can you restrict access to the identified wildlife?
  • Can repellents be used, e.g. chemicals, sound barriers, visual barriers?
  • If you cannot repel unwanted wildlife you may need to remove them. You may need to get special permission to do this. Check with your local authority.
  • A final consideration: Is it worth the effort?

Living with Wildlife

You may be happy to live with some of the wildlife in your environment. You can manage their access by trimming trees and shrubbery. Thereby fewer birds or snakes will migrate to your environment.


Keep doors and windows in good repair to block access for rodents. Seal eaves, replace rotten boards, cap the chimney, trim overhanging trees, remove bird feeders or use rodent-proof feeders.

Rodents can furthermore be deterred by removing nesting habitat, e.g. logs, rock walls, and stones.


Bats prefer to avoid human contact. They establish roosts in roof spaces and abandoned buildings. Best to seal entry and exit holes after the bats have left. Use materials such as caulking, or wire mesh.


The best way to keep snakes out of your house and yard is to seal cracks and openings around doors, windows, water pipes, roof spaces, and foundations. Removing logs, woodpiles, and high grass and controlling insects and rodents are also helpful will prevent wildlife like snakes from entering your home.  In addition, if you come across dangerous snakes, call a professional to remove them.

Pigeons, mynas and other birds

Most bird droppings contain uric acid that may cause damage to paint finishes. Dangerous bacteria may also be found in the droppings of pigeons. Some birds carry ticks, fleas and mites. You may want to rid your home of bird infestation.

Bird Deterrents
  • Stop feeding birds.
  • Feed pigeons OvoControl P pellets. This is a bird contraceptive.
  • You may choose to use anti-roosting spikes. However, birds can be injured by the sharp spikes.
  • Remove any bird feeders.
  • Use your garden hose to spray the pigeons on a regular basis, scaring them away.
  • Install a scarecrow.
  • Sprinkle spices where birds roost. Cayenne pepper, cinnamon and pepper deter pigeons.
  • Professional exterminators specializing in bird control and removing wildlife.


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