Is it true that bird droppings damage paintwork?

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If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to find bird droppings on your car – and the chances are very high – you will have no doubt been told to get rid of it quickly before it damages your paintwork. So should you be worried about the long-term looks of your car after an unfortunate splattering?… Read more »

Do birds carry insects and are they harmful to humans?

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A major problem with pest birds is the risk of disease that they pose – and it is not just the birds themselves that are the carriers but also the bugs that make their homes on birds. Birds such as starlings, pigeons and sparrows have been known to carry bed bugs as well as bird… Read more »

Why is the Collared Dove a pest?

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When it comes to species of pest birds in the UK most people think immediately of seagulls and pigeons but Collared Doves are also known as a pest bird. Despite only arriving in the UK in the 1950s, the Collared Dove – also known as the Eurasian Collared Dove – has swiftly made its presence… Read more »

Join forces to stop seagulls hitting visitor footfall

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A major problem with pest birds is that, put bluntly, they keep people away. When it’s your business and your town that is a real problem. While pigeons are as a general rule – although not always – shy of humans their mess can be a major deterrent to visitors looking for a spot to… Read more »

Pest control concerns: Do pigeons cause asthma?

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When a pest is identified it is natural that the first concern is whether the animal concerned poses a risk to human health. Due to the nature of pest species many animals are a health concern owing to their capacity to spread germs and disease as a result of the areas they inhabit. But what… Read more »

Keep outdoor technology safe from pest birds

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Having good security in place is an essential part of protecting a business but pest birds can be a serious problem for external technology. Unfortunately, the areas surrounding a building that require extra security through the installation of CCTV are all too often a haven for roosting birds such as pigeons. It comes as no… Read more »

How do spikes work as a bird deterrent?

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When seeking a solution to pest birds a humane approach should always be the first port of call. Culling birds is always seen as the last option when all other alternatives have been exhausted and there is a real threat to health. So how exactly do humane bird control methods work? The basic idea is… Read more »

Why are there so many seagulls inland?

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Seagull: that sounds like a bird that would enjoy life on the coast, right? Despite their name seagulls do seem to be quite partial to life inland and can be spotted in great numbers pretty much everywhere. City squares, high rise buildings, fields and even school yards are places where it is not unlikely to… Read more »

How to attract birds to your garden – but deter pests

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As The RSPB undertakes the annual task of working out what species are enjoying visiting our gardens following the Big Garden Birdwatch it is worth remembering that birds are a wonderful part of nature. While some species may be known more for being pests, there are many others that need protecting and need our help… Read more »