Sparrow Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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Passer domesticus
How to Identify a Sparrow

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.

Where Do They Nest

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

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


Name :

Passer domesticus

Diet :

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


Health hazard

Tips & Tricks

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What To Do About Sparrows

  • 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.
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How To Exclude Birds From Your Home

  • 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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How To Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

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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