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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 can affect not just animals, but humans too. Food businesses witness many problems caused by pest birds every year and sometimes find it difficult to meet the health codes because of their activities. So, what can a food business owner do to keep pest birds away this summer?

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Things that attracts pest birds

When summer kicks in, the days are relatively warm and hot, but the evenings and mornings can be chilly which means that birds often look for indoor cover during this period. It is quite common to find nests on building ledges, nooks of signs and other similar places where they can take cover. The main point is that birds, just like all animals, are constantly looking for sources of food. So, if the area around your business is clean and they can’t find leftovers, they will probably go away and search elsewhere.

Don’t let them nest close to your facility

Different birds have different nesting seasons, but most of them use the summer period for this activity. It’s important to understand that when a bird (any bird) marks their territory, it is very difficult to move it on after that. So, prevention is the best idea and you can do this by closing gaps and holes or using some efficient bird control system.

Keep the birds away from nooks and crannies

Remember that birds are always looking for areas they can use as a base for the long term. If you create an environment that is not pleasant for them, they will look for another place. So, if you want to keep them away from your food business you should use plastic predators, reflective objects, cover holes and maybe invest in bird wiring or bird spikes.

If birds are becoming a nuisance at your business premises, please contact us now for help.

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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 newts, frogs, toads and in some cases – herons.

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If you decide to place some decorative fish in the garden pond you will not be happy when you notice a heron visiting. These birds’ diet consists of fish even though they occasionally consume small mammals and amphibians. In rare cases they eat worms, other birds and reptiles too. Due to the fact that they are hunting fish at dusk and/or dawn, people usually don’t notice them and many people have woken up to discover that their fish collection has been decimated.

Small herons learn how to fish on their own and once they leave the nests in June or July, they are looking for small ponds in gardens because this fishing is not very challenging. The fact is that there are numerous ways in which homeowners can make their small ponds less acceptable to herons. However, you should be aware that most of these techniques will keep other wildlife away from the pond as well. If the herons are very persistent and they keep coming back, then you may be fighting a losing battle and it would make sense to remove the fish from the pond.

However, when you’re designing your garden pond there are certain things you can do that may potentially block the herons from reaching the fish. Small ponds with steep sides and lots of decorations and a suitable covering that consists of lily pads should be able to help you.

According to statistics there are more than 15.000 pairs of this type of bird in the United Kingdom. Herons are also protected under the general Wildlife and Countryside Act from 1981. If you’re having problems with herons and you’re not sure what to do for the best, pleased get in touch and we will do our best to advise you.

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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 as a general license is obtained.

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A specific kind of cage trap known as a Larsen trap is designed to catch magpies and other birds alive without causing any harm to the health of these birds. The birds can be baited with the help of food or even with a live magpie decoy as long as all welfare rules are met. In Scotland, a Larsen trap must include a unique tag for identification which users can get from a Wildlife Crime Officer.

If you believe that a bird trap has been installed illegally to capture birds of prey, feel free to contact the local WCO. It is also good to know that gun laws don’t allow shooting of magpies in areas close to houses and public roads. There are specific measures that must be adhered to in the general license for any kind of shooting or trapping to take place. Obviously, illegal magpie control like poisoning that puts other birds and animals at risk are strongly discouraged and you could face prosecution if you use this method.

There are many people who want to control magpies in their yards and gardens. This is quite understandable because magpies are known for their tendency to take chicks and eggs that belong to other birds. However, according to numerous scientific studies, magpies are not a real threat to common garden birds. This means that the utilisation of general license may be questionable.

People who will kill magpies on their property may be legally challenged and they will have to provide proof that the killing was necessary. In cases like this, the scientific findings which indicate that magpies are no threat to garden birds will be used as evidence against the perpetrator.

To find out more about the laws surrounding the control of magpies, please contact us now.

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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 with bacteria and fungi that can potentially damage your health.

 

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Some of the health problems that people can experience due to exposure to pigeon droppings include psittacosis, histoplasmosis, encephalitis and cryptococcosis. Both residential and commercial buildings can witness this kind of problem because pigeons don’t need much living space. The best way to protect yourself from these droppings is to get rid of the pigeons and here are three ways you can do this:

1. First of all, you can rely on anti-roosting strips with spikes that you can place on any area where pigeons are gathering. The most common place where they gather and live is of course, the roof. At Total Bird Control we can supply with bird spikes that are specifically aimed at pigeon control.

2. The second step is to close all the entry points on your roof. You should check the attic and the vents as well as the roofing material. If you block every hole and crack in them, they won’t be able to dwell there. Use some netting right below the places where pigeons tend to nest.

3. Finally, you can use some scare tactics. You can use loud noises from special devices to scare them away. There are many people who use reflective materials to get rid of pigeons because the reflections of light make them nervous and they eventually will move on to find somewhere the believe will be safer. Putting up fake birds of prey on the roof can also have this affect.

Keep in mind that getting rid of pigeons on the roof can take some time, and it sometimes takes a bit of perseverance to get rid of them for good.

For more advice about dealing with pigeon control problems please contact us now.

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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 long as there is access to food and especially waste food from humans. They are also true masters when it comes to making nests because they need a very small space to build one.

Common Signs Of A Bird Infestation

Here are some facts to consider:

  • Seagulls and pigeons often use the most inhospitable areas in tall buildings and flat roofs in order to create nests.
  • Seagulls are fond of flocking together on roofs (especially flat roofs).
  • Ledges, balconies, terraces, culverts, guttering – these are some of the areas that these pest birds find especially attractive.
  • If there is a gap that is 25 mm wide or larger, this is enough for these birds to enter your building and find shelter there (and even reproduce).
  • Pigeons are fond of roofs and getting into lofts. They will often break and damage tiles to seek the shelter they need.
  • Pigeons live in flocks and these flocks can include up to 500 birds. Once one of these birds enters your building it is very likely that more of them will come.

Now let’s point out the most common signs of seagull and pigeon infestation:

  • Constant noise made by the birds, especially young chicks.
    Birds in large numbers on top of the roof.
    Materials used for making nests spread all over your premises.
    Loose and damaged tiles.
    Bird droppings in specific areas,
    Feathers and nest debris related to seagulls and pigeons.

If you see any of these signs then don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can help implement bird control measures to eradicate the problem.

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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 of wildlife, wildlife conservation and issuing licenses. Even though this is a very detailed act, it doesn’t provide specific instructions about pigeon pest control and the issues that arise as a result of wild birds’ activities. These problems are handled by the landowner where wild birds and feral pigeons appear. However, DEFRA frequently releases leaflets which advises about what individuals can do when specific problems related to these birds occur.

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In the first part of the Wildlife and Countryside Act from 1981, the law confirms that individuals and organizations are not allowed to kill, injure or hold captive wild birds, damage and destroy their nests and destroy their eggs. Taking such actions is considered an offence. The only exception can be found in the General Licenses and they are related to specific species of birds listed there.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s important to point out that although a General License allows individuals to kill certain birds, this is only the case when the birds present threat to the health and security of the general public. The protection of a fabric of any building is not a reason to kill any bird or to destroy their nests.

For more advice about the laws surrounding pigeon pest control, please contact us now.

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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.

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For instance, in the United Kingdom, these interesting birds are protected under the act passed in 1981 known as the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

The basic purpose of this act is to prevent intentional killing, injuring or taking starlings by making all these activities illegal. In addition, it is also illegal to damage, take or eliminate an occupied nest and the content of nests of these birds.

Even though this Act doesn’t regulate and mention the situations in which people try to prevent starlings from reaching their nests by creating certain obstacles, this activity is often considered to be illegal by most courts in the UK. So, in case you are planning to conduct certain repairs or modifications on the roof or the soffits, it is crucial to find out whether the nests are active. This is especially important when the breeding season starts and when these birds are very active.

The Act used to have a special provision to control and manage these birds under a general license, but this provision was eliminated and today this species is completely protected in England and Wales. What is good to know is that the general licenses that were issued under this Act are fully legitimate in Scotland and in Northern Ireland. With this provision, an authorised person can manage the activity of starlings in case these birds pose threat to the agricultural activities and public safety and health.

Experts advise to use this option only when there is no other solution. When we talk about authorised persons, we should mention that the law recognizes the landowner, the occupier or their agent as authorised persons. Keep in mind that damage or a problem related to the property in general is not sufficient for control and management of starling’s activity which means that roof nests can’t be removed legally unless the owner explains the reason to the authorities before taking any action.

For more advice, please contact us now.

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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.

How to prevent wild birds from damaging your business

Wild birds are protected by the law and whilst they can damage your business, you should not take matters into your own hands by killing them, taking their eggs or damaging their nests if you do not possess a valid license for doing so. There are rare circumstances when you are allowed to kill wild birds if there is a serious or immediate danger to your property or if they are a threat to the general safety of people, but special licenses are needed for this and you will need to hire a professional bird control company to carry this out.

One of the ways you can prevent wild birds from damaging your business is if you install some netting or bird spikes in areas such as windows or ledges. Also, another sensible thing to do is to keep food sources away from sight of the wild birds. Make sure that the area where you store your bins are always tidy and clean to prevent birds from becoming regular visitors. You should also advise your staff to avoid feeding the wild birds in order to prevent them from coming back for more food.

Prevention is always better than cure so if your business is being affected by wild birds then now is a good time to act. At Total Bird Control we can conduct a comprehensive site survey that will identify any potential problems and then provide you with appropriate bird proofing solutions that will help you combat the problem.

We provide bird control solutions such as bird spikes, bird netting, post and wire systems, and bird scaring devices to help deter birds from becoming a problem. All of our solutions are RSPB approved so you can be rest assured that no harm will come to the birds. They will be dealt with safely and effectively.

To find out more about the bird control solutions we can provide for your business premises then please contact us now.

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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 activity and the problems they cause. In case you are wondering what the 5 most common problems are caused by pigeons we have created a short list.

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  • Health problems

Pigeons can act as carriers of bacteria and fungi dangerous to humans. These harmful substances can be passed to human in few different ways. For instance, inhalation of faecal dust can lead to certain types of flu and fever. Pigeons can also contaminate water and food. Finally, they spread parasites like fleas, ticks and mites. Cryptococcus, histoplasmosis and salmonella are some of the diseases associated with pigeons.

  • Attacks

Although pigeons are relatively peaceful and friendly toward humans, it is not unusual for them to attack people during the breeding period/season. They are very protective and they will attack anyone that they view as a threat for their young.

  • Damaged structures

Just like any other type of pest bird, pigeons that are left to live in areas in large numbers will eventually damage the building and the surrounding area. Their faeces and their activity can pollute streets, cars etc.

  • Cleaning problems

Pigeons are well known for creating health and safety hazards. They produce faeces all the time and create mess wherever they are nestled. This can make the environment not only unsightly, but create a dangerous slip hazard.

  • Threat to air traffic

If they are present close to airports, they can disrupt the proper landing and taking off of aircraft.

If you’re experiencing a pigeon control problem and need advice, please get in touch.

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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, but we’re also home to pest birds – and these are rife in number.

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#1. Feral Pigeons

Trafalgar Square has them in abundance, appearing in cities and towns up and down the country making a mess anywhere they can, roosting in train stations and under bridges and loitering around fast-food places and rubbish bins.

Pigeons are very common in the UK, breeding around 2-3 times per year.

#2. Seagulls

Despite their name, seagulls are also quite commonly seen inland, though seagulls on the coast are larger (due to the better diets they have). Seagulls are quite confident for a bird – they won’t think twice about stealing your food right from your hands!

#3. Starlings

Starlings are more common in rural areas where they can destroy crops. They also flock to cities, and though the population is lower than other pest birds in busier areas, their faeces are the perfect breeding ground for pathogens that can be fatal to humans.

#4. Wood Pigeons

Bigger and fewer in number than the feral pigeon, wood pigeons appear in rural areas and towns, but are also known to visit cities too. They are a boisterous species and will often be first to bird feeders and tables in gardens, forcing other bird species to roost and feed elsewhere.

#5. House Sparrows

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 means that house sparrows cannot be controlled in the same way as other pest bird species in the UK. Sparrows are very common in gardens in towns and cities, but their nesting sites can often leave behind debris and attract insects.

For all your bird control needs, please contact us now.