Turkey Vultures & the Problems They Cause
They find their food by sight and scent, and the group will normally eat the animal where they find it, as fairly weak feet make it difficult for them to transport the kill. By using their sharp beaks; they rip apart the flesh of their meal. A Turkey Vulture will live up to 16 years, so a problem with a flock of Turkey Vultures can be a long term problem.
Turkey Vultures are large birds. They weigh around six pounds with a wing span of up to six feet. The very look of these scavenger birds is menacing. Turkey Vultures cause major structural damage to buildings every year. They pose serious health issues and safety concerns, as you will see.
Turkey Vultures travel in flocks. They are black birds, famous for their bald head which is red. The bald head allows their heads to stay clean while feeding on their favorite food, which is the carcass of dead animals. They find their food by sight and scent, and the group will normally eat the animal where they find it, as fairly weak feet make it difficult for them to transport the kill. By using their sharp beaks; they rip apart the flesh of their meal. A Turkey Vulture will live up to 16 years, so a problem with a flock of Turkey Vultures can be a long term problem.
Turkey Vultures do not build nest in which to lay their eggs. They will lay their eggs (normally two at a time) directly on the ground, in hollow logs, on rooftops and even in deserted buildings. The young have to be fed and cared for by the mother Turkey Vulture. She feeds her young by regurgitation.
They roost in trees. But when that is not convenient for them, they will roost in cell phone towers, overpasses and on top of buildings. They will frequent construction sites damaging materials from roofing to vinyl and plastic. Turkey Vultures are a very costly problem.
These large birds roost on buildings and near roadways where they watch for road kill to eat. Not only do these birds cause major structural damage, but they also can destroy caulking and roofing materials as well as many other resources. These massive creatures have a huge appetite and drop huge amounts of waste products. The droppings are acidic in nature, destroying surfaces on which it lands. Turkey Vulture droppings will ruin the paint on an automobile very quickly. The nasty substance presents a slip and fall risk when it is deposited on walkways. It has a strong ammonia odor that could cause a health problem if inhaled. However, that is not the worse health concern. The droppings are classified as sterile due to their acidic properties, but studies show the Turkey Vulture carries potentially pathogenic bacteria in the digestive system, which can produce some dangerous bacterial diseases that can be deposited with the waste of the birds. These bacterial concerns include E-coli, Salmonella and a host of other diseases harmful, even deadly to humans. Spreading the bacteria with droppings around feeding areas for other livestock can spread diseases to other animals. Research is being conducted to see just how extensive this problem is with concerns to other animals, bust enough has been discovered to advise extreme caution.
Turkey Vultures prey on new born livestock, costing thousands of dollars annually and the numbers are steadily climbing. The wreak havoc in airport areas, posing a danger to travelers and those who live near the areas. The FAA reports since 1990, there have been at least 350 collisions with Turkey Vultures and civil aircrafts.
Turkey Vultures cause power outages by their interaction with electrical towers and wires. They roost in communication towers, knocking out service to television stations and cell phone services.
As you probably assumed by now, a Turkey Vulture problem is a big problem. The size of the birds, and the potential of harmful effects they can produce to the human body, makes this a problem one would not want to attempt on his own. When it comes to the massive Turkey Vulture, it is best to use a professional. There are methods that are tried and true. With knowledge of the systems that work, and the skill in execution of these methods, the Turkey Vulture problems can be solved. An expert needs to evaluate the situation. They can then determine which issues are already a problem and which should be stopped before it gets to that point. They have to take into account the size of the bird flock, the roosting areas, where damages have already occurred. They must consider the area and the human population of the location. When the data has been collected, they can discuss the options available to the affected property owners. It often is not enough to control the immediate problem. Sometimes steps need to be taken to deter the Turkey Vulture from taking up residence in a particular location in the future.
Once the problem of the Turkey Vulture is addressed, repairs begin. Structural damages need to be repaired for obvious reasons. But just as importantly, clean-up is required. The droppings from the many Turkey Vultures in the flock, and the size of the bird and its waste will make clean-up difficult and for reasons already mentioned, it could be a health issue. The acidic waste needs to be removed from walkways. The waste needs to be properly cleaned up from buildings that people or other animals inhabit. The strong ammonia smell is both unpleasant and not recommended to inhale. It is safe to say, once this problem has been properly addressed, no one would want to deal with a return visit from these annoying and dangerous creatures.
Control Options Strategies
Installation of 2" bird netting in affected areas for Turkey Vulture exclusion
Building modification and alteration
Sounds Units (various options)
Visual Scare Devices (various options)
Electrified track systems
Tension wire grid wire systems
Turkey Vulture and its habits have been studied and their nature has become known. Deterrents can be put into place. Partial solution of the problem is no solution to the problem. The actions taken must encompass all of the matters. We will explain our plan of action to you. We will use our years of experience and knowledge to show you effective ways to reduce chances for the return of the Turkey Vulture. You can rest easy, knowing that your property and your safety is our main priority.