Sparrow Identification and Control in Utah

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.


Sparrows are about 6 inches long.

Males have dark brown streaks with black above and a gray underside. They have large black patch under the beak.

Females are dusky brownish gray color with blackish stripes above and gray underside. They have a yellowish beak.

Sparrows nest in protected areas in or near buildings, such as: ledges, gutters, signs, light fixtures and under eaves, etc.

They build their nests from grass, straw, feathers, string, paper and debris. They will frequently reuse nesting sites.

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Why are they a health hazard
Why are they a health hazard

Sparrows are associated with over 29 diseases and ectoparasites. They contaminate many different materials with their droppings.


Passer domesticus


Grains, seeds, garden plants and fruit; feed insects and food refuse to their young.


Health hazard

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What To Do About Sparrows
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  • Once the species is considered a problem, first check federal, state and local regulations for bird management.

  • See Utah Administrative Code R657-3-7 for more information on legal issues surrounding sparrow control.

How To Exclude Birds From Your Home
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  • Install plastic netting on susceptible parts of the building.

  • Use deterrents such as plastic or metal spines on ledges.

  • Reduce or eliminate feeding sites and water sources.

  • Close all openings larger than 3/4 of an inch.

  • Install slanted metal, plexiglass or wooden boards over ledges.

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Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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