3 Reasons to Call a Wildlife Specialist If a Bird Gets in Your Home

What do you call two crows in a field? An attempted murder! Ok, haha, but it’s not so funny if those birds are flapping around in your living room. We’ve all been in this situation before. Wildlife is everywhere and it doesn’t always respect human boundaries.

So what should you do if you find a bird in your house? Call a wildlife expert, of course! Here are the top three reasons to call a wildlife specialist to remove a bird from your home instead of trying to do it yourself.

1- Birds Can Carry Diseases

Catching avian flu is no laughing matter. Sometimes when birds are sick they become disoriented. If the bird flew into your house because it was sick or confused, you need to keep in mind that some bird-born illnesses are communicable to humans and pets.

Rather than take your chances, you should let a wildlife expert handle the situation because they have special gear that can protect them from infection. Additionally, they can test the bird and let you know if you need to see your doctor for prophylactic treatment. This is especially important if anyone in your house has a suppressed immune system.

2- Birds Can Injure You

If you’ve ever seen The Birds, you might have some trepidation about approaching the wildly flapping beast in your living room or kitchen, even if it’s small. Believe it or not, that concern is justified. It’s a good idea to leave it alone until the experts arrive.

All birds have sharp beaks and claws. This is how they hunt, and they wield these weapons well when frightened. It might seem that a small bird isn’t much of a threat if you try to chase it out with a broom, but your eye doctor won’t agree if the little chickadee gets in a good shot.

3- You Could Injure the Bird

In the same vein, you don’t want to injure the bird either. More than 44,000 species are threatened with extinction, and 12% of these species are birds. It would be a shame if you killed one of these specimens in a sudden panic, and it may also be a crime.

The Endangered Species Act makes it illegal to kill endangered wildlife, even when it finds its way into your home. That may not seem fair, but the laws exist to protect wildlife diversity. Even if the bird doesn’t belong to an endangered species, it’s a shame to harm it just because it was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A fully trained wildlife expert will have the right tools and protective gear available to extricate your unwelcome guest without harm to the bird or to you, your pets, and your family. Once the bird is captured, the expert can release it into the wild or take it to a safe location for proper testing or treatment as the situation requires. Either way, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you did what was best for both the bird and yourself.



Alex is the co-author of 100 Greatest Plays, 100 Greatest Cricketers, 100 Greatest Films and 100 Greatest Moments. He has written for a wide variety of publications including The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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