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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.

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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.

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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 roof:

Best Ways to Prevent Birds on the Roof

#1. Bird Spikes – putting bird spikes on your roof acts as an excellent deterrent. They can be erected on ledges, windowsills and gutters and they make it very difficult for birds to perch, roost and nest. You can get these spikes in different sizes depending on the type of bird causing the problem so if you’re not sure what to get, then please ask.

#2. Bird Netting – netting is also effective. Netting can cover a wide area and will stop birds from landing and perching on your roof. This is particularly a good solution for commercial buildings.

#3. Decoys – using plastic decoy birds that look like birds of prey can deter other birds from landing on your roof. This acts a bit like a scarecrow and helps to scare birds away because they think one of their predators is there.

#4. Bird Feeders – place bird feeders a good distance from your patio area and roof to keep birds away. Birds will go where they can easily feed so if you can give them easy access to food away from your property they will keep going back to the same place.

For more advice about effective bird control, please contact us now.

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We are often asked about the law surrounding seagulls and, in the event of a seagull problem, what is permissible. Here are the facts:
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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 Ireland and Scotland, recklessly injure or kill any seagull or destroy or damage a nest that is still being used or the contents of the nest. In Northern Ireland and Scotland it is also illegal to stop seagulls from accessing their nest.

However, it is recognised that in certain circumstances it may be necessary to implement control measures. DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) can issue licenses permitting seagull nests to be destroyed and birds to be killed if necessary. The latter will usually sanctioned if the seagulls are causing serious damage to agriculture, are potentially spreading disease or to conserve other bird species.

Seagull Control Problems

If seagulls are causing a problem to your property then only the occupier or owner of the building can take action. We recommend that you call in a professional team who possess a DEFRA licence such as Total Bird Control to take action for you. Your problem may be dealt with simply by implementing bird spikes or bird netting but if more drastic action is required, we will be able to help you.

At Total Bird Control we have a range of humane methods to help deal with your seagull control problem. If you want to understand the legalities of dealing with a seagull control problem then please speak to one of our specialist team and we can arrange a site survey to assess the seriousness of the situation.

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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.

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An effective way of tackling this is by investing in bird spikes for your property. Bird spikes can be used on roofs, ledges, walls and basically anywhere that pigeons like to perch and roost. The spikes will not cause any harm to the pigeons but they will find them difficult to land on and uncomfortable to perch on so this will deter the pigeons from outstaying their welcome.

Another effective solution is the installation of pigeon netting. Pigeon nets are made from nylon netting and can be fixed to the ground with masonry bolts and clamp systems. Pigeon netting can also be particularly effective at preventing access to alcoves, recesses and balconies which are often difficult to protect using other methods.

Just like spikes, pigeons find it difficult to land and roost on netting so if you are looking for an alternative method of deterring pigeons then netting can be a great solution.

Both bird spikes and bird netting offer a cost effective solution to your pigeon control problems. They are RSPB approved, hard wearing and durable, and provide excellent protection from the onset of pigeon problems.

At Total Bird Control we are able to install bird spikes or bird netting that are difficult to notice so that they don’t ruin the aesthetic look of your property. If you are looking for an effective pigeon proofing solution then we have a wide range of bird spikes, pigeon spikes and bird netting to choose from. Contact us now to find out more.

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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.

Health and Safety Implications for Businesses – Bird Control

For example:

  • Birds can cause serious damage to the fabric of your commercial building and their droppings can create slip and trap hazards for the general public, your staff and your customers.
  • Birds can block your guttering, dislodge roof tiles, create nests and leave behind nesting materials, insects and bacteria which will corrode the building fabric.
  • Birds carry a number of diseases and insects that can potentially cause you harm
  • Birds can also become aggressive during the breeding season and have been known to swoop and attack people.

The unsightly mess that bird droppings can create could also seriously tarnish the perception of your business and be damaging to your brand image. In light of these issues then it makes sense to deal with any bird control problems at your business premises as soon as possible to minimise risk and to keep your reputation in tact.

If you are experiencing a bird problem at your business and need some professional advice on what you should do then please get in touch. We would be happy to carry out a site investigation and advise on the best course of action.

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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 can be a real turn-off for customers and damage the image of your company.

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Depending on the scale of the problem, you may be able to clean the mess yourself or bring in a professional company to deal with it for you, which is the much safer option. Here are some tips on how to clean pigeon mess:

  • Always wear protective clothing, boots, gloves and a face mask to avoid the risk of any dust inhalation.
  • Soak the bird droppings with water and whilst it is wet, try to shovel it away. Never try to clean the droppings whilst they are dry because dust can be inhaled and this can be harmful.
  • Using a high powered water hose can be effective in removing the droppings but once again, dampen the affected area first before hosing to avoid dust from being created.
  • Collect the wet waste in heavy duty plastic bags and dispose of it carefully.
  • Disinfect the area that you have just cleaned with bleach.
  • After the bird droppings have been removed and discarded, wash your hands and any exposed skin thoroughly with anti-bacterial hand wash.

If you need any advice about cleaning pigeon mess or would prefer it to be cleaned professionally then please give us a call or contact us. We have the correct tools and equipment for the job and would be happy to help.