Pigeon control throughout Basingstoke and Hook from a local company
Pigeon control throughout Basingstoke and Hook from a local company
Why has Basingstoke got such a pigeon problem?
Basingstoke is not unique with a having a feral pigeon problem, pigeons are now a major urban pest and they will be found in every town across the south east, these birds are incredibly intelligent and highly adaptable to their environment, which means that in the ever-changing urban environment the feral pigeon has become a super-species and a Number 1 pest.
Professional pigeon control throughout the Basingstoke area
The pigeon that we see on the streets of Basingstoke is nicknamed the flying rat and for a good reason, these birds are just like rats because they are urban scavengers that breed all year long and have become a real pest.
Because pigeons live in close proximity to man, they benefit from a ready food supply and shelter and they have altered their breeding cycle because of these two factors, it’s now possible for feral pigeons to raise a brood all year long producing around 10 chicks in that time. This means that given the lack of natural predators in our urban areas, feral pigeon numbers are booming and competition for nesting sites is fierce with more and more domestic properties becoming home to a flock of pigeons.
Feral pigeons are now considered a major pest and a serious health hazard, these birds are on the DEFRA General License list for culling along with the removal of their eggs, here at Pigeon Control UK we prefer a more humane way of dealing with the birds and we aim for non-lethal methods of control.
Having a greater understanding of feral pigeons is important and our aim is to install a suitable bird deterrent that takes away access to the birds roosting and nesting sites, this intervention brings around a high level of control and interrupts the birds breeding cycle. Without the means to nest, fewer young will be raised and so flock sizes will diminish through natural means and so the problem reduces without our using lethal measures.
We provide a wide of bird control services across the Basingstoke and Hook areas serving both domestic properties and commercial sites, with over 18 years of experience in pest control we can guarantee to get rid of your pigeon problem for good.
We are a local family run business based in Reading and we provide a range of pigeon control services such as
• Bird netting systems
• Bird spiking
• Post and rail bird systems
• Solar panel proofing
• Guano cleaning
• Post infestation clearance
• Balcony renovation
Pigeon netting in Basingstoke and Hook
When it comes to delivering any degree of pigeon control, bird netting is by far the most effective way to manage any problematic situation and we can cover any size void, so it is the most versatile deterrent on the market.
These nets have to be fitted to a tensioned wire framework that brings shape to the finished net, usually we use the natural design features of the building but if we are encasing something like rooftop plant, we can build a free-standing frame without the need to drill into the building.
There is nothing that we cannot cover with bird nets and when fitted correctly they do not cause harm of injury to the birds, the nets have to be tight so birds cannot entangle themselves in the weave of the mesh.
There are various sizes of mesh for different bird species so its not just pigeons that we can control.
Bird netting can be used anywhere; on domestic settings as well as commercial sites, a common use is to seal off the open face of a balcony preventing pigeons from nesting on residential flats.
Netting is so versatile that we can provide a solution for virtually any problem that you may have with birds roosting, nesting and perching.
Pigeon proofing under solar panels in Basingstoke
Feral pigeons have found nesting sites away from their usual haunts in town center’s, with the introduction and widespread usage of roof top solar panel arrays fitted to domestic properties, the birds have picked up a choice of nesting sites and they have quickly adapted to the potential that these panels offer.
Solar panels will be fitted to the south facing part of the roof, this side of the roof will be warmer in winter when we have weak sunlight and with the advantage of providing shade in the summer. The top part of the panels that convert the suns energy are held in place by horizontal metal beams and these make the perfect base for the pigeons to nest. With many larger systems its common to find more than a single pair of pigeons nesting under one system and we can see flock sizes that number over a dozen.
No matter what type of property or where the nests are, the problem with pigeons nesting in one place will always be the same: and with pigeons there are more than one problem, their droppings create a mess all over the roof and over other surfaces like cars, patios and any outdoor furniture.
Rainwater guttering quickly fills up with guano meaning that they overflow when it rains and there is further mess from discarded feathers, old nesting material, empty eggshells and even the occasional dead bird. One of the most annoying things about pigeons is that you will be disturbed with their cooing which starts at sunrise and goes on throughout the day until dusk.
But by far the biggest problem with pigeons is the amount of droppings produced, this sticky toxic mess quickly builds up on all surfaces, creating a terrible smell and not to mention a health hazard. The birds will also defecate all over the surface of the panels, lowering their overall efficiency and leading to additional expensive cleaning bills.
It is possible to barrier the space beneath the solar panels with wire mesh, metal railings or plastic railings preventing access by the pigeons and stopping them from nesting there.
Bird spiking and post and rail systems in Basingstoke
A common problem associated with pigeons is the fact that they will perch on the lip of a ledge or parapet, defecating down the face of the building onto the ground below, in these situations one deterrent that works to prevent the birds from resting is a system of metal pins that have a tensioned wire running from pin to pin – post and rail.
A similar system that is relatively new is bird coil which works in exactly the same way; a continuous sprung coil runs along the edge of the building preventing birds from sitting in that spot.
Feathers are essential for flight and the birds need to keep these in perfect condition, any bird will not want to sit where these delicate structures can rub against a surface and become damaged, so post and rail systems work on the principal that we make the birds uncomfortable, and they will leave the area.
The advantage of using post and rail or bird coil is that the overall feature is unobtrusive and does not ruin any decorative features on a building.
Pigeon guano cleaning in Basingstoke
Pigeon guano is a toxic substance and poses a risk to human health through the transmission of fungus, viruses, and bacteria; workers and contractors can be exposed through contact and inhalation of dusts and spores.
Having a pigeon roost on your building can lead to problems with contractors refusing to work on site and meeting legal obligations to the Health and Safety at Work Act.
We provide a guano cleaning service where our technicians will clean up and remove all this hazardous waste and as licensed waste carriers, we remove this from site and ensure that it is correctly disposed of.
When it comes to pigeon guano, our recommendation is that this is cleaned up by professionals who are equipped with all the necessary equipment and personal protective clothing to work in a safe manner.
Our staff have years of experience in working in these conditions and we can clean up after the birds whether it’s in the loft of a house or all over an industrial roof space.
Pigeon control across the Basingstoke area from a local pest control company
Pigeon Control UK is a local family run business that offers a wide range of pigeon control services as well as dealing with other species of birds. As an independent family run business our aim is to deliver high quality pigeon control work at a reasonable cost and with traditional family at the core of what we do.
If you live anywhere in the Basingstoke area and you have a problem with pigeons we always carry out a free survey of your building, looking at the scale of the problem and we can make a range of recommendations for the control of these birds.
Each one of our site surveys are backed up with a no obligation quote, so if you would like to get rid of your pigeon problem then speak to one of our technicians on 07479 247 365 or use the contact form via our website and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as we can.