pigeon trapping

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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 »

Pest Birds and Seagulls - bird control services

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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

Seagull spikes in particular are an efficient form of bird control that can help to deter these pest birds to make life more comfortable for Read more »

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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.

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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.

Bird mess is usually of little consequence, but it becomes a real problem when you have large numbers of pest birds making Read more »

Sparrow control and removal in Great Britain

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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 »

Will a Bird Table attract pests?

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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.

Had a bird table for Christmas but worried about attracting pest birds?

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.

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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.

Starlings: A beautiful pest

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.

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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.

Is it true that bird droppings damage paintwork?

So should you be worried about the long-term looks of your car after an unfortunate splattering? The answer is yes.

Bird droppings are acidic – they contain uric acid which helps them gain that frustrating bond with anything they come into contact with, especially painted surfaces.

On cars the problem lies in the fact that uric acid in bird droppings bonds with the clear layer that protects the paint and can cause damage to this. The longer it is left on the car the higher the potential for damage – not least because it becomes harder to remove as it dries.

Take swift action

For car owners this is a general inconvenience, which just needs to be dealt with swiftly. For businesses this can be a real pain, after all a car spattered in bird droppings is not going to attract a buyer.

Certain areas are more likely to attract birds, particularly large hedges, areas where there is a lot of waste food and seaside towns.

Running a car dealership or a garage that is unfortunate enough to be close to an area that is a magnet for birds can bring a lot of extra work in maintaining cleanliness standards – and protecting the cars.

Controlling bird droppings at a car garage

Businesses who find that cars are constantly being targeted by birds may be better placed to take preventative action rather than dealing with the consequences.

Bird control measures can be very effective at deterring birds from visiting certain areas, and should eventually discourage them roosting there.

By using bird deterrents such as netting and spikes, concerns about bird droppings damaging cars can be controlled.

Don’t let bird droppings damage cars at your business invest in a long-term solution instead.

For advice on bird control measure please get in contact with Total Bird Control.

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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 mites.

Do birds carry insects and are they harmful to humans?

Feeding on the blood of the birds, the bugs make their home on the bird’s bodies. While it is unusual for these bugs to then move to a human body as a host, it is a possibility – and something that you certainly want to avoid at all costs.

Bird mites

Bird mites are minuscule and can only usually be seen after feeding on blood at which point they appear as tiny dark flecks.

Should these mites end up attacking human skin they will make it extremely itchy and will need to be dealt with as quickly as possible.

The bugs can be found either on the bird or in their nest so it is important to take care when around wild birds or when dealing with an old nest.

There is also a threat from insects that have bitten a bird and become a carrier of a particular disease as a result.

This has been identified as a problem in many areas due to the threat of mosquitoes passing on the West Nile Virus, which can in some cases prove to be very serious.

The over-riding message would be that a cautious approach is wise when dealing with bird nests near to your home or business property and to avoid unnecessary exposure to pest birds.

Seek professional help to cut risk

As well as the potential for contamination coming from bugs carried by, or infected by birds there is the threat of airborne disease from bird droppings. These include salmonella, psittacosis and histoplasmosis.

It is advisable to deal with a problem with pest birds as soon as possible to minimise the impact on both health and surroundings. Given the risk of disease it is important to seek professional advice from bird control experts who will be equipped to deal with the problem safely.

For more advice on tackling pest birds on your property please get in touch with Total Bird Control.