Pigeon proofing in Slough - A Mini Adventure
Posted on 1st December 2021 at 07:56
Pigeon proofing in Slough
Step 1 - the wash bays
Here at Pigeon Control UK we have extensive experience in dealing with what we consider to be the worst pest; coming in second to rats and that’s the feral pigeon.
These birds collect the accolade of being the worst pest because they are extremely stubborn and combined with an inherent lack of fear of man, pigeons are extremely difficult to dislodge once that they’ve started nesting on a site.
It goes without saying that the biggest cause of this resistance to leave a nest site, is unfortunately due to a general lack of understanding of pigeon behaviour and how the birds react to our botched attempts at making them homeless.
We were asked to provide pigeon control at the Synter Mini showroom on the Bath Road in Slough, on site they have two car washing booths where the vehicles are valeted and as these are in the shape of an open-ended box, the pigeons had moved in and began nesting on the metal trussing.
Obviously not an ideal situation as birds and clean cars don’t mix, and so the guys at Synter had bought in a pest controller whose method of control was to spike the internal ledges.
This is a great example of a general lack of knowledge in bird control, where there is top cover for pigeons, spiking will always fail and therefore should be avoided as in this case it turned out to be a huge mistake for Synter.
The reason why top cover situations cannot be spiked is down to the ability of pigeons to breed all through the year; if you’re looking for a nest site that will be suitable to raise chicks in December then it has to be in a dry protected environment and even if that’s above a busy car wash, this is still that place to be as far as pigeons are concerned.
We removed all the plastic spikes that had been fitted to the inside of the wash bays as these just act as a base for the pigeon’s nest, what happens is that the birds drop twigs and bits of rubbish into the open crown of spikes, this act as an anchor for the nest material and with a layer of droppings to cement everything in place the birds will have created the perfect nest.
Spikes were fitted to the outside to deter the birds from perching on the edge; these birds won't want to leave the site even after we've voided off their nest site.
Step 2 - the Mini
We are experts in the installation of bird netting, and this is our preferred bird deterrent, if we can keep the birds out of the area then there is no case of further nest building and the infestation is stopped in its tracks, in this case, giving Synter their wash bays back.
The nets are fitted with small stainless steel clips under the lights to facilitate bulb changing and we can install zips for greater access or plastic ‘S’ clips that allow one side of the net to be undone. There is no need to ever cut open a bird net if it has been installed correctly with access in mind.
A mornings work saw the two vehicle wash bays all secured and we were then asked to return and look at the model Mini car that sits on the front of the building; this is a plastic scale replica of the car and completely hollow inside.
Once again top cover is created by the shape of the car and despite the poor attempts at spiking the interior a number of birds had moved into the shell and had built nests in the frame. Access to the site was reasonable but netting the base of the car was more difficult as we were working in cramped conditions with a range of shapes.
Step 3 - netting to the frame
The model sits within a large metal frame and although this had been spiked, with the top cover provided, pigeons had just backfilled the crown of spikes and were in the process of nesting. We came back to Synter and took out the spikes, placing a net across the inner open face of the frame and voiding off the area, all in all a mini adventure in Slough and no more pigeons for the Mini people.
Pigeon poo building up on the lights where they roost
As it fills the spikes so they get ready to nest
The finished product - net in place and no more pigeons
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