Preventing avian pests from damaging and disrupting your workplace
Various species of bird can prove a particular nuisance if allowed to congregate in and around a business premises; noise, damage and disease are the three main possible consequences of a bird infestation, so it pays to take steps to prevent one in the first place.
What birds are classed as pests?
Principal ‘pest’ birds are pigeons and gulls but starlings, magpies, rooks and even the common sparrow can all cause problems in larger numbers.
What problems do they cause?
A big issue is the damage and possible spreading of diseases through their droppings; birds gathering in high numbers produce a lot of droppings so risk of diseases multiplies.
Damage to buildings and structures can be caused by certain birds nesting in areas such as roof eaves and cavities.
Certain birds, especially gulls, are very noisy. A seagull’s call may add atmosphere to a seaside scene, but high numbers of them calling at close quarters can soon become very disruptive.
How to prevent infestations
While there are some basic preventative measures you can take, for others it’s advisable to enlist the help of a company specialising in preventing bird threats such as Effective Bird Control, an experienced Essex based specialist who helped drastically reduce the amount of pigeons infesting London’s Trafalgar Square.
Be aware most breeds of bird are protected against killing and nest or egg removal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, so specialist help will help you stay on the right side of the law.
Basic prevention – as with many other types of pest, birds are attracted to environments where water, food and shelter are easy to access so try to deny them all three.
Food sources – in particular try to deny the birds access to food by ensuring outside bins are kept shut and emptied as soon as possible; don’t leave plastic bags containing food waste lying around, and regularly clean any areas where food or ingredients may be dropped.
Comprehensive food waste management applies especially in commercial settings involving food manufacture, handling and storage but any business premises where food is in evidence – even if only from an outside bin – could attract enough bird pests to prove a nuisance.
Entry control – check your business buildings don’t have any obvious vulnerable areas open to bird entry such as loose tiles and holes in roof woodwork.
Other preventative steps
For these you should seek the advice and services of a professional bird control company. They will assess your premises and formulate a plan of action to help deter birds from congregating in the first place.
Some of what they may recommend:
Spikes – these deter birds from landing and roosting on ledges so preventing birds congregating and the disruption this can cause. Spikes are adaptable in that they can protect a variety of surfaces including tiles, pipes gutters and ledges.
Netting – an effective way to protect crops from scavenging birds and stop birds landing in certain urban areas such as small enclosed squares in shopping malls and the like.
Expert installation is important; the netting needs to be taut so any birds trying their luck will simply bounce off as opposed to becoming entangled.
Hawk kites – literally a kite in the shape of a hawk. If flown properly – not always in the same place and usually at certain times of the day when birds are more likely to roost – these can make for a very effective deterrent as the ‘hawk shape’ works on other birds’ general fear of birds of prey.
Real hawks – more likely to be used once an infestation has taken hold, but specially trained hawks are deployed to scare birds away without harming or killing them.
Different types of hawk will be deployed depending on the species of bird causing an actual or potential problem.
For example, a larger bird of prey such as a peregrine falcon might be used against larger, more aggressive bird pests such as seagulls while a sparrow hawk may be the bird of choice due to its quick acceleration against smaller and nimble pests such as sparrows and starlings.
Using bird control services
As discussed above, you can take basic preventative steps yourself but for lasting and effective bird control using the services of an expert is a very worthwhile investment in avoiding potential damage and disruption to your business premises.
How to prevent disruptive infestations from bird pests such as pigeons, gulls and sparrows; steps you can take and the value of using bird control specialists.