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Are house finches known to enter homes or yards?
Yards with easy access to seeds and other dietary favorites are frequently used as house finch hangouts. While they typically build nests away from people and dangerous predators, house finches are also notorious for nesting in buildings. Vents, chimneys, and house eaves are common nest locations.

Damage

Do house finches harm people or property?
Most house finch damage is the result of their food-seeking behaviors. The birds peck at ripening fruits and eat the seeds of various plants. Large flocks can decimate crop yields for farmers. They also eat budding blossoms and knock off flowering petals, which frustrates gardeners. Vineyard owners also deal with house finches as they attack grapes.

House Finch perched in Cape Cod

Control and Safety

Control methods often require the use of nets to keep house finches from reaching crops or flowers. Limiting possible nest sites, such as woodpiles and overgrown shrubs, also helps limit populations. The most effective method of preventing birds from getting into vents is by installing vent covers at the exits. When birds make a home in your vents, you should get them out as soon as possible lest they prevent air flow and potentially cause fires. It's hard to attemp this work as an untrained resident, however, so we recommend you contact our Cape Cod office as soon as you discover a bird in the vent.

Trapping and Removal

Catching and removing house finches is difficult as they are highly adaptable creatures. Additionally, house finches are protected by federal law, which means it is illegal to kill them. Contacting Critter Control is the best way to make sure the job is done correctly and safely. Our team of pest management professionals are trained in the behavior of house finches and know how to effectively combat their presence.

We can help you get rid of house finch problems.  Call Critter Control of Cape Cod today: (508) 690-0076

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House Finches
House finches (Carpodacus mexicanus), also known as linnets, are about the same size as house sparrows.
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