Vulture and Buzzard Damage
Vultures can damage homes and commercial buildings by pecking at and tearing window caulking, roof shingles, vent seals, rubber roof liners, and pool covers.
They can also damage vehicles by scratching paint, removing rubber seals and wipers, and ripping vinyl seat covers from boats and tractors. Their droppings damage communication towers and electrical transmission structures, resulting in arcing and power outages—a huge expense for utility companies.
Vulture droppings near homes, pools and drinking water sources may pose health problems for individuals and municipalities. Finally, vultures loitering around airports can be hazardous to aircraft due to their soaring behavior.
Black vultures don’t have a strong sense of smell, so they need to hunt based on sight. That can make them more aggressive, and they have been found to attack smaller animals like young cows, sheep and other livestock, though they primarily feed on carrion.
They occasionally kill skunks, opossums, night-herons, leatherback turtle hatchlings, and livestock, including young pigs, lambs, and calves.
Black Vultures often gather in numbers at carcasses and then displace Turkey Vultures from the food. Their carrion diet includes feral hogs, poultry, cattle, donkeys, raccoons, coyotes, opossums, striped skunks, and armadillos.
How to Get Rid of Vultures or Buzzards
Need to get rid of Vultures or Buzzards? Black Vultures are often mistaken for Turkey Buzzards, though both are considered pest birds. Black Vultures are compact birds with broad wings, short tails, and powerful wingbeats. The Black Vulture makes up for its poor sense of smell by following Turkey Vultures to carcasses.
There are several humane options for deterring buzzards, turkey vultures or black vultures from landing or nesting on your property.
Prevent turkey vultures from landing on rooflines, ledges or railing with
- Shock Track Flex Track, Mega Spikes, or Bird Spikes. These spikes create an uneven landing surface the birds cannot land on.
- Block vultures from entering unwanted areas with heavy bird netting
- Remove Food Sources (Trash, dumpster access, etc.)
- Keep a watchful eye on any sick livestock.
- Scare Deterrents – Turkey vultures are alert to any perceived threats, so scare tactics can be highly effective.
Professional Vulture Removal, Buzzard Control
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