Although birds and humans easily coexist in the South Florida area, problems can still arise. Whether a woodpecker has been poking holes in your home or a swift has now called your chimney home, you should be aware of laws when attempting to control bird problems on your own. There are various birds protected under local and federal law. This is why it’s best to work with a professional pest control company anytime you have a bird issue on your property.
At Florida Pest Control, we are familiar with endangered and protected species in Florida. We’ll help you take care of your problem, carefully.
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Birds Protected by US Endangered Species Act
Most people believe the only protected birds in the U.S. are the American Bald Eagle and the Blue-Footed Booby. However, there are federally protected birds that might even be right in your own backyard. Below is a list of common birds you may be surprised to find that are under federal legal protection.
- Birds of prey
- Wading birds
Migratory Protected Birds Protected
When experiencing a bird issue, it’s important to first identify the type of bird first, and then research any laws that may prohibit or penalize actions required for treatment. You could suffer criminal charges, but the long-term consequences of capturing or harming migratory birds can also be devastating. Birds considered Migratory, in addition to the birds listed above are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. No one is allowed to perform any of the following to native migratory birds unless a special permit has been granted.
- Hunt, capture, kill, or pursue
- Barter or purchase
- Sell or offer to sell
- Export, delivery, or transport
- Import or receive
Dealing With Federally Protected Birds
Property owners can sometimes obtain a permit for bird removal if the bird(s) are destructive, pose health threats, or are simply a nuisance. In other instances, an experienced pest control professional can help deter birds without harming them. The laws protecting migratory birds are complex and serious. A licensed professional such as those at Florida Pest Control can provide a humane and environmentally-conscious solution for protected birds in South Florida.Back to Bird Removal
Types of Protected Birds in Miami-Dade, Broward County
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