What are Pigeon Spikes?
Bird spikes, or pigeon spikes, provide excellent pest control, bird deterrent, and bird proofing by making surfaces hard or unpleasant to land on, therefore preventing roosting. Bird spikes are made from plastic basing, they comprise of steel metal spikes that stick outwards and upwards. Bird spikes are attached to a building, being glued to a surface or fixed directly by nails or screws. Bird and pigeon spikes come in a variety of sizes and strengths for a range of bird types. Total Bird Control can give advice on which system is suitable for your situation.
Typically, pigeon spikes and bird spikes can be used on walls, ledges, roofs, gutters, on top of CCTV cameras, and commercial signs and work effectively as a deterrent for birds perching on the surfaces. No harm comes to the birds because they don’t actually come into contact with the spikes. This is why bird spikes are recommended as one of the best bird deterrents by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds).
The use of bird spikes is popular in town and city centres and also on the coast where feral birds can congregate in large numbers. The spikes help in dispersing the numbers and keep them from causing a nuisance to the public.
Bird Spikes, or pigeon spikes, provide extremely effective bird proofing and protection. Bird and pigeon spikes are usually easily seen from ground level. At Total Bird Control, however, we are conscious of this and so install bird spikes, or pigeon spikes in an inconspicuous and clean style which increases the aesthetic look significantly. Being extremely flexible they are perfect for uneven and irregular areas and work well where other bird deterrent systems are not possible, such as adhesive strips.
“Total Bird Control have carried out several bird Proofing works for our company…our clients have been extremely pleased with the efficiency and quality of works completed.”
Bird & Pigeon Proofing – Post & Wire
A post and wire system is made of several wires strung between stainless steel posts. The tensioned wires provide a barrier that stops birds from landing on the surface underneath. Because the system includes shock-absorbing springs it is very resilient to damage. The give-in wires also create an uncomfortable moving platform for birds, resulting in an effective bird and pigeon control proofing system. Like spikes, the posts can be glued or fixed with nails or screws into the surface.
Bird wire acts as an effective solution for preventing birds like seagulls, crows, and pigeons from landing and causing a nuisance. You will tend to find bird wire being used on the edge of rooftops, window sills, parapets, beams, pipes, balustrades, and they are frequently used to protect historic buildings and stately homes.
Total Bird Control supply, first install and maintain a range of effective, unobtrusive, and humane systems designed to safeguard company buildings and working environments. Contact the team today to see how we can help.
What will keep Pigeons away?
There is a range of measures you could put in place as a humane pigeon deterrent, such as control products that are low cost and easy to fit or use. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 it is illegal to kill a pigeon – or any other wild bird species. This means that we can only use a method to deter or repel a pigeon or pigeon colony.
To deter a pigeon colony away from your property repellents are the best options and this could include a range of control products, such as:
Bird spikes, or pigeon spikes provide a method of pest control and an effective solution to prevent pigeons and birds from landing, nesting, or roosting on a building. They’re easily installed and cause no property damage. Bird spikes are made from either sharp, long plastic or stainless steel spikes that are positioned to make it difficult-to-impossible for a pigeon to land.
When it is impossible for a pigeon to land, you’re not going to home roosting birds around the exterior of your property. Councils use stainless steel spikes to keep urban and city areas free from a range of birds, particularly pigeons. When control products stop birds from landing, they will move on to somewhere else. So, stainless steel bird spikes do work for pigeons as pest control.
Bird spikes and pigeon spikes do not hurt the bird, they are a bird deterrent as they prevent the bird from being able to land. The pigeon will feel the stainless steel, or plastic, sharp spikes briefly and swiftly move on to pastures new.
Pigeon proofing can mean using a range of different control products or measures which deter and prevent the birds from roosting, landing or nesting. Pigeon spikes will prevent birds from landing on your property, you could also look into deterrent sprays for the ledges of windows or the roof ledge – pigeons don’t respond well to strong smells. You can purchase adhesive strips for ledges, adhesive strips for floors too which could be helpful to eliminate access for birds from top to bottom.
Here are 5 top tips for you to prevent pigeons and birds from going under the solar panels on your property:
- Installing solar panel pigeon mesh or netting.
- Pigeon spikes specifically for solar panels (shorter in length than the traditional pigeon spikes)
- Keep your garden clean with no food waste or rubbish that could entice a pigeon to your property.
- Clean your solar panels often which will make them much less attractive to a pigeon.
- Call a pigeon control company that can provide advice, solutions, and installing services.