Seagulls have put themselves in the spotlight over the summer with their brazen quest for food, throwing up the question again of what is the best form of seagull control. Read more »
Solar panels are proving to be increasingly popular as they help to drive down electricity bills and provide greener energy; unfortunately they have also proved popular with certain species of birds. With their rooftop location solar panels can be a natural draw to birds. With a reasonably large expanse for birds to hide themselves under it is not necessarily surprising that they are more than happy to make their home underneath solar panels.
Why would you need bird proofing on a solar panel?
Once in place solar panels should largely take care of themselves, however, Read more »
The ideal solution in controlling pest birds is to naturally encourage them to move away from the site but when a serious problem persists bird trapping may be the only option.
There are occasions when birds do pose a serious risk to human health and in these cases landlords have no option but to act. Problems include unhygienic bird droppings, excessive noise, nuisance to people and damage to Read more »
Well known for their fearless ability to swoop in and steal food from the hands of tourists seagulls can be a real problem to food retailers and tourism spots throughout the year.
Freshly served ice-cream cones, picnic sandwiches or fish and chips – these natural scavengers are not picky about the choice of foods and will strike at every opportunity.
If you are operating a tourist attraction, cafe or restaurant in an area that is frequented by seagulls, bird control can be a real problem – and could ultimately threaten your trade.
While takeaway diners can always run for cover, a better solution is to take steps to deter the birds from visiting your property, or making it their home, through efficient bird control
Bird mess on public walkways can cause a serious problem as not only is it unpleasant to step in, left unchecked it can become a serious slip hazard.
Whether the walkway is privately owned and on a company’s grounds or a public access route, once the problem has been flagged up it really should be dealt with.
While the laws on public liability are wide ranging, it is certainly the case that if you run a company that includes an outside area it makes sense on every level to make sure that it safe.
If your garden is blessed with trees there is every chance you might also be lucky enough to find birds choosing to make their homes in these – that is unless you want to cut a tree back or move it. Read more »
The sight of birds sitting on the roof line of homes is not uncommon as they sit out their days near to an easy food supply but their droppings could actually be causing lasting problems. Read more »
The sparrow is a bird of contradictions – to start with this small and friendly-looking species is surprisingly tough and adept at scaring away other birds and dominating garden feeders.
In addition despite being one of the most popular and recognisable birds in the British garden, it is actually in such a state of decline that it has now been red-listed.
The one thing that there is no contradiction about with this bird though is the name House Sparrow as they happily Read more »
Giving a bit back to nature is a rewarding and worthwhile experience but give a little too much and, well, you could be plagued by seagulls.
With a little careful consideration, though, it is possible to enjoy feeding the birds in your back garden without playing host to 30 seagulls on your roof.
Bird tables are popular Christmas gifts for gardening enthusiasts and nature lovers, and spotting wild birds from the comfort of your own home is a lovely way to connect with nature and support Britain’s wildlife.
While pest birds, such as pigeons and seagulls are a nuisance to homeowners with the mess and noise they create they can also be a menace to smaller birds in that they take all the food.
Smaller birds in search of some much-needed winter sustenance will easily be scared off by larger birds, which are excellent scavengers.
It’s not just pest birds that are a problem, squirrels are also opportunist food hunters that prey on bird tables and enjoy the spoils.
Giving some consideration to the location and accessibility of the bird table as well as to what food to put out will help to make sure the little birds get their fair share and that you are not deluged by pest birds.
These simple tips should help:
Leave out specialist wild bird food – this will ensure the birds get the nutrients they need
Avoid leaving out cooked food – cooked food and large amounts of bread will attract pests – rodents as well as birds – this is the sort of offering the seagulls will repeatedly return for.
Use small mesh feeders – small mesh feeders are designed to be difficult for larger birds and squirrels to eat from, leaving just enough space for smaller birds to access the food with their beaks.
Contain spilled food – putting in place a container or mesh cover to cover any food that is spilt on the floor will stop pigeons which may deliberately upset food to knock it onto the floor to eat.
Make access to the table tight – Some tables come designed for smaller birds to use while keeping food out of reach of larger birds. Adding garden canes or string can help to keep out seagulls.
Pigeons are very difficult to keep away from bird food left in the garden but if there is not a readily accessible source of food they will hopefully move on allowing the smaller birds to enjoy the bounty of seeds.
If your house has been affected by an infestation of pigeons or seagulls contact Total Bird Control for help.
There are a number of contradictions when it comes to starlings – not least how a species that creates shows of great beauty is also considered a pest bird.
Starlings are famous for their Murmurations, which create a fantastic show in the sky as thousands of the birds swoop and dive together in a beautiful display of nature.
Though it is also their movement in large numbers that means starlings are considered as a pest bird species.
Starlings can choose to roost in industrial buildings – and if this is the case, a large flock will certainly make its presence known. With flocks being known to reach 100,000 there is good reason to be concerned about starlings setting up home at your property.
The other major contradiction regarding starlings is that for a bird seen in such large numbers, the species is facing an uncertain future after a huge drop in numbers was recorded in the last 40 years.
Due to a decline in population of up to 70 per cent, Starlings are now on the red list of threatened species despite there still being nearly two million of the birds in the UK.
These numbers swell further during the winter when starlings head to the UK to escape colder temperatures in Scandinavia.
Why are Starlings a pest?
With such large numbers of starlings roosting together, bird faeces can become a serious problem if the birds make their home in an industrial or domestic setting causing a real health hazard.
There is also the potential for the birds introducing insects into buildings where they are nesting.
An invasion of starlings can also cause real problems for farmers by damaging crops on agricultural land as well as present a danger when found near to airports.
How can starlings be controlled?
Putting in place deterrents is the best way to avoid, or resolve, a problem with starlings.
Netting can help to protect buildings while noise is another deterrent, such as a recording of a bird of prey or the distress call of a starling.
Using deterrents will protect your property without causing harm to the birds.
Should you experience a problem with starlings or any other pest birds on your property the best solution is to seek the help of bird control professionals.
Get in touch with Total Bird Control today for more information.