Birds in the attic are a common problem confronting many homeowners. As birds seek out new nesting sites, they will sometimes decide to lay their eggs and raise their babies in attics or bathroom vents where they will be safe from predators. Birds often choose these locations when new buildings are constructed and they lose access to other habitats.
Once birds take up residence in your attic, they can stay there for several months. If a female lays her eggs in your attic, she will stay there until they have hatched and the babies have learned to fly. Depending on the species, it will take 18 to 26 days for the eggs to hatch. It will take another three to four weeks for the baby birds to learn to fly. The family can make their home in your attic for anywhere from two to four months. They may stay even longer if the nesting process fails.
Having birds in your attic can contribute to a host of health problems for your family. Birds and their feces can cause respiratory problems. Birds can also attract insects, as well as snakes that would like to eat their eggs. Birds carry lice and mites that can contaminate your attic and other parts of your house. Bird mites can bite, cause itchy red marks, and infect your bedding. In some cases, the infestation gets so bad that people have to move out of their homes and have them fumigated.
If birds have taken up residence in your attic, you should have them removed by a professional before other problems arise. Anderson Wildlife Control will use safe, humane methods to remove birds from your attic and prevent them from returning.