Professional pigeon and bird control services for Oxford
Professional pigeon and bird control services for Oxford
Why has the Oxford area got such a large pigeon problem?
Oxford is not unique with a having a feral pigeon problem, older towns and cities like Oxford have a variety of sites which are heavily infested with these birds and the feral pigeon is now a major urban pest.
Pigeons are incredibly intelligent birds and highly adaptable to changes in their environment, which means that in urban situations the feral pigeon has quickly become a super-species and a Number 1 pest.
Pigeon control in Oxford and understanding these birds
Because pigeons prefer to live in close proximity with man, they benefit from a ready food supply and shelter and these two factors have allowed the birds to alter their breeding cycle, it’s now possible for feral pigeons to raise a brood all year long producing around 10 chicks over the course of a year. 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.
The pigeon that we see on the streets of Oxford is often referred to as a 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.
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 pigeon behavior is important and our aim is to install the correct bird deterrent for the right situation; the choice of the wrong deterrent can actually make things worse.
Understanding these birds is key to planning their control and what measures will be taken.
Pigeon breeding in Oxford
Pigeons are monogamous and a mating pair forms a strong bond together, making them dedicated parents, in a typical environment they will have between three or four broods over the course of a year.
However, this is not always the case and when given a quiet area to nest in, along with a constant supply of food and water, pigeons can raise as many as ten broods over the course of a year, meaning that the urban pigeon population in Oxford is booming.
Pigeons lay two solid, bright white eggs which are spherical in shape, only two eggs will ever be laid and these take roughly 18 days for the young to hatch with another 35 days for the birds to finally fledge.
Around this 35-day marker the two juvenile pigeons will leave the nest whilst the parent birds will lay another batch of eggs. The juveniles will hang around with their parents until they pair up and form their own breeding couple, often living in close proximity to one of their birth sites.
Pigeon nesting in Oxford
Pigeons build a simple nest that consists of just a few stiff twigs and other pieces of debris that are all stuck together with droppings, the birds will continue to reuse these nests, adding additional layers of material from time to time. The accumulation of nesting material will become a problem in a short space of time as this matter soon builds up, blocking rainwater runoff systems leading to flooding and internal water ingress.
As pigeons are capable of breeding throughout the year, they seek out nest sites that give them overhead cover which provides protection from the weather and from predators.
What this means to us, is that many of our buildings contain desirable features for use as nesting sites and ideal places are protected ledges, the underside of features such as loading bays and bridges, the space beneath roof top air conditioning units, deep recessed windowsills, and just about anywhere else on a building where there is some form of overhead cover.
Feral pigeons are social birds who openly seek the company of others, where one bird rests, others will quickly turn up to form a group, the act of resting, preening and feeding are all social activities for pigeons.
Pigeons have a wide vocabulary, producing a variety of cooing and grunting noises along with slapping of their wings, which all form the predominate sounds in a pigeon roost. As these birds form small, social flocks the sheer volume of noise can become distracting and for homeowners considerably so as this goes on from sunrise to sunset.
A major factor in successful pigeon control is by understanding that they are not a migratory species of bird, with their natural instinct being to stay close to their birth site. Pigeon roosts offer protection from the weather and predators, a nearby source of food and water, which all gives the pigeons a very determined personality when it comes to staying on a building.
Pigeons are difficult to dislodge, and this is where the correct deterrent much be employed, failure to use the correct method will have little to no effect on the birds.
Bird netting in Oxford
When it comes to delivering total pigeon control, bird netting is the way to go, netting manages any problematic situation and we can cover any size void, so it is the most versatile deterrent on the market.
Anti-pigeon 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 to create the shape 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 these are pulled 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 but all birds.
Bird netting can be used just about anywhere; on domestic settings as well as commercial sites, a common use is to seal off the open face of a high rise balcony preventing pigeons from nesting on residential flats.
We also fit these to the underside of vehicle loading bays where pigeons have begun roosting on the metal supports. 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 underneath solar panels in Oxford
Feral pigeons have moved away from nesting sites in their usual haunts in the city centre, with the introduction and widespread usage of roof top solar panel arrays that are 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 are fitted onto the south facing part of the roof, this side of the roof will be warmer in winter when we have weak sunlight and the added advantage of providing shade in a hot 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 on. 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 well 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 Oxford
A common problem associated with all birds but predominantly 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.
Pigeons are social birds so they accumulate in numbers and 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 service in Oxford
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.
Professional pigeon control in Oxford from a local pest control company
Pigeon Control UK: we are a local family run business and we offer a wide range of bird control services to deal with any birds that are causing you a problem. As a local, independent family run business our aim is always to deliver high quality bird control work at a reasonable cost and with traditional family values at the core of what we do.
If you have a pigeon problem and want to know how to go about resolving the issue, give us a call and a technician will carry out a site survey of your property; we can determine the correct course of action and our surveys are backed up with a no obligation quote.
If you would like to get rid of your pigeon problem, then speak to us 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.