Is it true that bird droppings damage paintwork?

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 »

Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Do birds carry insects and are they harmful to humans?

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 »

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Why is the Collared Dove a pest?

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 »

Posted on Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Join forces to stop seagulls hitting visitor footfall

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 »

Posted on Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Pest control concerns: Do pigeons cause asthma?

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 »

Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2018

Keep outdoor technology safe from pest birds

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 »

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Can birds of prey be an effective deterrent for pest control?

When it comes to the bird population there is a clear pecking order and hawks certainly seem to rule the roost. So defined is this battle between the smaller and larger bird species that some birds are actually introduced to an area to act as a pest deterrent. Some species of birds are classed as… Read more »

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2018

Why are there so many seagulls inland?

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 »

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2018

How to attract birds to your garden – but deter pests

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 »

Posted on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Cleaning up – how to get rid of the mess left by pest birds

The start of a new year is a time for new beginnings and your attention may turn to improving your property. The first place to start is usually by clearing out any waste and having a good clean up. If you have had a problem with pest birds – or still do – there is… Read more »

Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

Feed the birds without attracting pests this winter

Feeding the birds through the cold winter months is something we are often encouraged to do – and with good reason. Seeing wild birds in the garden is one of life’s pleasures and, of course, by feeding them we are helping to protect the natural world. At Christmas in particular bird feeding gifts become popular,… Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Is it illegal to move a bird’s nest?

In the UK, birds are given a good deal of protection under the law. While protection of our wildlife can only be a good thing, legal regulations can make it tricky when dealing with pest birds. While most wild birds are given complete protection by the law there are a few exceptions to allow for… Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Do pigeon droppings pose a health risk?

The most unpleasant aspect of unwanted bird infestations is their waste – messy and unsightly, it can also pose a potential health problem. While no business or house looks good covered in unsightly bird droppings, the potential for spreading disease is far more serious. It goes without saying that the worse the problem the higher… Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Watch out for the rules on birds nesting in chimneys

So what exactly is it about chimneys that make them so attractive to birds? If they are not nesting in them, they are flying down them and getting stuck behind the fire. Birds are protected and both these scenarios need to be dealt with using care and expertise. It is not only ‘pest’ species that… Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Why are pigeons so fond of urban spaces?

Have you ever wondered why pigeons in particular seem to have a taste for urban living? They get chased by young children, run the gamut of bird deterrents and are flapped away by pigeon-phobics, yet still these birds choose concrete buildings, tarmac pavements and steel installations to make their home amid the hubbub of the… Read more »

Posted on Monday, August 21st, 2017

Is there really a law against feeding pigeons?

Tuppence to feed the birds? Well it could actually cost a lot more than that if legal restrictions have been put in place to tackle a pigeon problem. The expression made famous by Mary Poppins more than half a century ago has been given a whole new meaning in a number of cases where bird… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Don’t let customers get into a flap over aggressive seagulls

Picture the scene: The sun is shining, there’s a light breeze blowing, and all you can hear is the gentle hum of the waves below as you tuck into a well-earned al fresco pub lunch on holiday. Then all of a sudden ‘SQUAAARK’, a sudden flap of wings, and there you are face-to-face with a… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Problem Birds – The Main Culprits

In the UK, we have a wonderful assortment of bird life and, as with all aspects of the natural world, they enrich our lives. However, there is no doubting that certain birds, especially when they congregate in large numbers, can become a massive nuisance. In light of this, there are certain species that can attain… Read more »

Posted on Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Ideas to design a bird friendly garden

Before you start designing how your bird garden should look like, the first thing you should do is to go out and check some of the natural areas and parks near you. By going into parks and natural areas you will get a good sense of what kind of flowers, trees or plants make up… Read more »

Posted on Monday, March 27th, 2017

DIY Pigeon Deterrents

Pigeons are fascinating birds, but when they settle on your property or on your business premises in large numbers, that fascination can soon turn to irritation. Fortunately, there are some good DIY pigeon deterrents on the market that can help. First of all, you can set up barriers. For instance, many people rely on anti-roosting… Read more »

Posted on Monday, March 6th, 2017

How dangerous are bird pest faeces?

Pest bird species and the debris they leave is a real magnet for insects and bacteria. The faeces of birds, especially starlings, gulls and pigeon droppings, are creating the perfect environment for the development of pathogens. Many of these pathogens are dangerous to humans. When they are isolated, these droppings are usually harmless, but when… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Can bird pests spread diseases?

Bird pests can spread diseases but we need to point out that this is pretty rare. The fact is that many professions, like professions involved in wildlife rehabilitation or veterinary medicine, treat and heal wild birds dealing with different kinds of avian diseases regularly. In addition, people that practice sports like racing pigeons are also… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2017

The top signs of a bird infestation

Even though you may not be aware of it, your offices and business premises might be vulnerable to pest birds – particularly seagulls or pigeons. These birds are very adaptable and they can now thrive in almost any environment, eating leftovers and finding shelter in small spaces where they can create their nests. In other… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016

UK’s Most Common Bird Pest Species

There is no doubt that birds are extraordinary creatures, but when they gather and nest in large numbers, they can become very problematical and even dangerous. Every home owner and business owner in the UK who has witnessed the gathering and nesting of birds on their property can confirm this. There are a few different… Read more »

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016

Different types of pigeons in the UK

Before we start talking about the different kinds of pigeons found in the UK, it’s worth mentioning that there is no official division between doves and pigeons. They both have tiny, slim bills, round heads, curvy bodies with soft and very dense feathers, thin and short legs, tapered wings and crooning/cooing calls. Interestingly, the wild… Read more »

Posted on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

How to prevent birds from perching

Without any doubt, birds are beautiful creatures. However, when they start perching in places where they shouldn’t, they turn from beautiful creatures into annoying pests. The good news is that it’s fairly easy and simple to prevent perching in specific areas, but you will need to be careful, patient and you will also need to… Read more »

Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016

The main Pest Bird Species in the UK

There are many pest bird species in the UK. Here are the main culprits: Pigeons Pigeons are one of the most common pest birds in the UK. The feral pigeon is responsible for a great deal of damage to residential, industrial and commercial properties. They cause damage worth millions of pounds every year and they… Read more »

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2016

How to keep pest birds away from your food business this summer

The summer is finally here and this is definitely good news for every food business owner. However, summer is the period of the year when birds are very active too and they can be bad for business because they can contaminate food. Unfortunately, these beautiful creatures are able to transmit more than 60 diseases which… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Why herons are attracted to garden ponds

Without doubt, a garden pond can beautify any garden, but it can also allow additional space for wildlife – wildlife that is sometimes unwanted. If the pond has small sloping sides it is very likely that some small birds will use it as a bath or for drinking. In addition, such ponds are attractive for… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Legal Control Methods Involving Magpies

Magpies can cause a lot of trouble on our properties and this is the reason why many property owners look for efficient ways to get rid of them. Of course, they are also looking for methods that are completely legal and for those who don’t know, legal control methods include trapping or shooting, as long… Read more »

Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2016

3 ways to get rid of pigeons on the roof

We are all aware of the fact that pigeon droppings ruin the look of many public areas, monuments and roofs. However, what most people don’t know is that their faeces contain uric acid which makes the droppings not only visually unattractive, but also dangerous because they can damage the roof surface. They are also packed… Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Common Signs Of A Bird Infestation

There are many business owners who don’t think about this problem, but the fact is that the vast majority of business premises can serve as a perfect home for different types of pest birds. For example, seagulls and pigeons are bird species that can adapt easily and they can live in almost any conditions as… Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

The law and pigeon pest control explained

DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regulates the control of feral pigeons and the rest of wild birds in the United Kingdom based on the Wildlife and Countryside Act from 1981 (or chapter 69 to be more precise). The purpose of this Act is to regulate all legal matter related to the handling… Read more »

Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2016

The legal status of starlings explained

Starlings are medium-sized or small passerine birds that belong to the Sturnidae family of birds. Starlings are native to Europe, Africa and Asia. In many countries this bird is protected by law. For instance, in the United Kingdom, these interesting birds are protected under the act passed in 1981 known as the Wildlife and Countryside… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016

How to prevent wild birds from damaging your business

Wild birds can cause structural damage to roofing, block your ventilation system, cause problems with your gutters and drainage system and create an unsightly and potentially hazardous mess with their bird guano. Wild birds are protected by the law and whilst they can damage your business, you should not take matters into your own hands… Read more »

Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2015

Top 5 Problems Caused By Pigeons

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Pigeons are a type of bird that lives almost everywhere in the world. They are commonly found in urban areas. There are many people who enjoy their presence and even feed these interesting birds. However, there is another side associated with pigeons that no one likes. Many people use the term “flying rats” because their… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015

5 Most Common Pest Bird Species


The UK is home to a wide number of bird varieties – from the common sparrow to great birds of prey and majestic owls. We feed beautifully-coloured gold finches and blue tits in our gardens and we might see a rarer sighting of a wide wingspan across the sky in the Lake District and Scotland,… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Best Ways to Prevent Birds on the Roof

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Having problem birds such as pigeons or seagulls gathering on your roof in large numbers can be a big problem for home owners. The noise and damage they cause can be costly and unsightly so it pays to act quickly if you have a problem. Here are five great ways to prevent birds on your… Read more »

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2015

Seagulls and the law


We are often asked about the law surrounding seagulls and, in the event of a seagull problem, what is permissible. Here are the facts: All species of gull are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985. This means that it is illegal to intentionally or, in Northern… Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Tips for Keeping Pigeons Out of Your Garden


Pigeons, when they gather in large numbers, can be a real nuisance around your home and garden. The noise and the mess they make, not to mention the health and safety hazards connected with bird droppings and the mites and other bacteria they carry, can be a big problem to contend with. An effective way… Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Health and Safety Implications for Businesses – Bird Control


Birds that congregate in large numbers on your business premises and become a general pest can cause you quite a few health and safety implications which you should aim to address as soon as you can. For example: Birds can cause serious damage to the fabric of your commercial building and their droppings can create… Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Tips for Cleaning Pigeon Mess

As well as carrying transmittable diseases, the acidic nature of pigeon droppings can cause damage to your car, patio, driveway and garden furniture. It can also cause damage to the fabric of your building, look very unsightly, and cause the ground to become slippery and dangerous. If you run a business then unsightly pigeon mess… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Facts Sheet about the Feral Pigeon

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The feral pigeon is the scourge of many towns and cities and are often attracted by the general public feeding them in inappropriate areas. For help and advice call the experts on 0800 035 1000 or contact us for more!

Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Seagull Control – Fact


Controlling gulls is a big problem in the UK and as a result they cause problems in many towns and cities. Are you looking for to stop a Seagull problem? For help and advice call the experts on 0800 035 1000 or click here for more!

Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2015

Gulls – Common Names for Pest Species

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Gulls are the scourge of many towns and cities and are often attached to rubbish and food left by the general public. This can result in large flocks gathering on building leading to damage through their guano (dropping) and nest building services. For more you can call on 08000 35 1000 or contact us here.

Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

DIY bird netting for your garden

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Birds can sometimes be a pest in the garden so here are some quick self-help tips about DIY bird netting that you can try in order to control the problem yourself. Bird netting is an excellent option for stopping birds and other wildlife from destroying trees, flowers, fruit, vegetables and newly sown seeds in your… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Is Bird Nesting Impacting on your Business?


February and March is prime time for bird nesting and once birds are established in your commercial building then they can be difficult to get rid of. Nesting birds can cause structural damage to roofing, block your ventilation system, cause problems with your gutters and drainage system and create an unsightly and potentially hazardous mess… Read more »

Posted on Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Getting Rid of Pigeons from Under Solar Panels

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With the increase in solar panels being fitted to roofs and with many new builds giving the option of having them installed, bird problems under solar panels is starting to become a real issue. At the moment it appears to be pigeons that are nesting under solar panels the most but other varieties of birds… Read more »

Posted on Friday, February 27th, 2015

Bird Problems faced in City Areas


Bird problems in urban areas are a common occurrence and the amount of damage they can cause, public health and safety issues they create and cleaning and maintenance costs they generate can be a big problem. Typical problems can be associated with urban gull and feral pigeon populations. These have increased significantly over the years… Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015