The true crows are in the genus Corvus; they are large Passerine birds. As a group they show remarkable examples of intelligence; it would not be at all an exaggeration to characterize crows as being to birds what higher primates (including humans) are to mammals.
How To Identify Crow Problems
The American crow is one of America’s best-known birds. Males and females are outwardly alike. Their large size (17 to 21 inches [43 to 53 cm] long), completely coal-black plumage and familiar “caw caw” sound make it easy to identify crows. They are fairly common in areas near people, and tales of their wit and intelligence have been noted in many stories.
American crows seek out a mixture of open fields where food can be found and woodlots where there are trees for nesting and roosting. They commonly live in woodlots, wooded areas along streams and rivers, farmlands, orchards, parks and suburban areas. Winter roosting concentrations of crows occur in areas that have favorable roost sites and abundant food. Crows can be very unpleasant visitors to your home. They are noisy and leave droppings in their roosting location.
Crows do not typically enter homes but rather farms and vacant structures. They will enter the premise in search of food and cover for a roosting site. If you are experiencing a crow problem in your home or place of business, chances are these critters have already established a roosting location. Our crow removal professionals will assess the problem and take the necessary steps to not only humanely remove the crow or crows from your home or building but also repair damaged areas and reduce the possibility of future crow problems.
What To Do Before The Crow Removal Specialist Arrives
Crow Control and Safety
Crows are not typically dangerous animals, however, if you are able to identify with certainty that you have crows roosting near your home we recommend that you contact your local Critter Control office and take a few steps to prepare for the technician’s arrival. You should be able to identify the general area of the home or building that the crows are nesting. Take a walk around the exterior and try to identify the roosting point(s). This will be helpful for the crow removal technician. Large crow flocks may become a factor in spreading disease
. At times, they feed in and around farm buildings, where they have been implicated in the spread of transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) among swine facilities. Large crow flocks near wetland areas may increase the potential for spread of waterfowl diseases
such as avian cholera. The scavenging habits of crows and the apparent longer incubation time of the disease
in crows are factors that increase the potential for crows to spread this devastating disease
Contact a Critter Control Crow Specialist
Crow removal and professional crow prevention services should be contacted as soon as a crow issue is identified. Call 1‐800‐ CRITTER (274‐8837)
What To Expect Once A Crow Technician Arrives
Crow Trapping and Removal
Critter Control Technicians are Certified Wildlife Specialists, with the knowledge and tools to get rid of your crow problem. Critter Control offices practice humane crow removal techniques that ensure the safe capture and release of the nuisance animals. Crow prevention strategies may include crow exclusion, crow cultural methods, crow frightening tactics and crow trapping.
Large fall and winter crow roosts cause serious problems when located in towns or other sites near people. Such roosts are objectionable because of the odor of the bird droppings, health concerns, noise and damage to trees in the roost. In addition, crows flying out from roosts each day to feed may cause agricultural or other damage problems. Your Critter Control technician will assess the damage caused by the nuisance crows and provide solutions not only for repairing the damaged area but will also present a strategy to help prevent future crow problems. The sooner these issues are handled and addressed by our crow removal expert, the lower the overall cost. Don’t wait to call Critter Control if you have crow problems!
The above information was adapted from PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF WILDLIFE DAMAGE with permission of the editors, Scott E. Hygnstrom, Robert M. Timm, and Gary E. Larson (Cooperative Extension Division, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Animal Damage Control, Great Plains Agricultural Council Wildlife Committee).
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