Professional bird control from a family firm.
Professional bird control from a family firm.
We have years of experience in delivering pigeon control and cleaning up after the birds, to work out what is the best form of deterrent you really need to understand the birds and how they see our world.
When we talk about bird control we talk in terms of pressure, light pressure is where the birds rest in an area but will not stay there for long; usually areas overlooking a source of food, like a roof top near to a park or riverside front where people feed the swans and ducks.
Bird Control for Light Pressure Areas
Bird control works extremely well in light pressure areas because as the name suggests, the birds only rest here and will not stay overnight. Bird control in this scenario is focused on deterrents to prevent the birds from settling down. Typically spiking and a system of tensioned wires that run from one metal post to another; this is called post and rail and very effective as the system is almost invisible to the eye. This system is extensively used on older buildings where there are pediments, architrave and ledges that the birds like to perch on.
Some visual deterrents will also work but their value can be limited if there is a lot of competition for resting sites in the area; feral pigeons aren’t stupid, and they are one of a small group of animals that can recognise their reflection in a mirror. These sorts of systems are cheaper and quicker to fix in place than those for higher pressure areas and if the birds have just started to rest on your building, it may be advisable to take action now before they settle in?
Bird Control for Medium Pressure Areas
As you would think, medium pressure areas are where the birds are now congregating for longer periods or even starting to roost on the building, as the flock size enlarges or just stays for longer so the deterrent needs to be raised. Spiking may still be suitable in medium pressure areas, but this has to be done correctly as we often see birds using the crown of the spikes to build their nest on. They collect debris and drop this down into the opening slowly backfilling the spikes until they have sufficient base to lay eggs on. Usually this will be in sheltered spots where the deterrent level should have been raised to high pressure.
An alternative to spikes is the bird coil, this is where a long continuous coil of wire snakes along a set path, a bit like barbed wire that has been coiled over the top of a fence. The coil works very well as the natural tension in the wire means that when pigeons land on it or stand against it, the wire moves slightly and as they adjust it gives and then springs back. All birds need to look after their feathers for flight, waterproofing and to keep warm, birds don’t like to rub against wires and hard edges as this damages the feathers.
Bird Control for High Pressure Areas
High pressure areas are as the name suggests; parts of buildings where pigeons are now nesting on site; in these areas spiking, bird coil and visual deterrents will fail due to the nature of the birds. Feral pigeons were once domesticated and kept living in coops, the birds are very familiar with man and at home living alongside us. Have you noticed how they will walk just in front of you in town centres? The birds just aren’t frightened of us and so they choose to live on parts of buildings which we seemingly design for them; overhanging roofs give sheltered spots and decorative architrave gives them ledges on which to nest.
Once pigeons are in residence the only way to stop the birds from accessing this area is to physically void it off preventing the birds from flying in. The method of prevention comes in the form of either hanging polypropylene netting or, steel mesh for smaller spaces like those beneath solar panels, across the openings. Both of these methods of bird control are extremely successful when done correctly and is the best way to get rid of the birds without harming them.
Pigeon Cleaning and Guano Removal
Pigeons leave a lot of mess behind themselves and getting the birds to move away from the building is just one part of the service that we provide; cleaning up all this mess is something else that we do. Whether its inside a loft cleaning out old nests and guano because the birds got in through a missing roof tile or replacing a worn deck on a balcony that has had birds living on it for years, we offer a complete pigeon cleaning and guano removal service.
Pigeon droppings build up at an alarming rate of almost one kilo per bird a month, so even a modest sized flock can leave several kilograms of matter in s short space of time. The problem with pigeon guano is that its very nutrient rich and forms a dense mat, if it dries out you can be faced with toxic fungal spores being released and if it stays wet, harmful bacteria and viruses will thrive in the mess.
Even with a relatively minor roof top infestation, you will find that the gutters soon become full of guano and this material ends up blocking the downpipes leading to overflowing rainwater systems and potentially issues with water ingress after heavy rain.
Dead birds will also end up blocking the system and the risk to serious damage increases with the size of the pigeon flock.
We are licensed waste carriers and comply with the regulations from waste transfer sites when disposing of pigeon guano.