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:
#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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 garden. If you are a keen gardener then birds can be a real pest so bird netting is a good way of protecting your garden and all your hard work.
Bird netting is made from nylon netting that is fixed to a wire rope frame that is pre-tensioned. This stops the birds from going through it and also makes it very difficult for them to land and roost on.
Frames for bird netting are available in different sizes to match your needs and if you intend to erect the bird netting yourself then we recommend that the bird netting is suspended at least 6 inches over seed beds, plants, bushes etc that you want to protect. This will stop the birds from perching on the netting and giving them space to insert their beaks to reach your plants.
The Netting can either be stapled tightly to the frame or fixed using cable ties and held to the ground using strong steel pegs. The fittings that come with our range of bird netting are made of extremely durable stainless steel or galvanised steel so you can be rest assured that the netting is highly durable and will stand the test of time.
Bird netting is available in different mesh sizes depending on the type of bird you are trying to stop. If the prospect of erecting your own bird netting sounds daunting and you need help then please get in touch. At Total Bird Control we can supply and fit a wide range of bird netting for your needs. All of our netting is RSPB approved so no harm will come to the birds.
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 with their bird guano.
Prevention is always better than cure so if you think that your business may be affected by nesting 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.
Bird Control Solutions
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.
If birds have already started nesting on your commercial building and are starting to cause problems then it’s not too late. Give Total Bird Control a call and we will assess the situation for you and give you our professional advice on the best way forward. Depending on the type of bird involved it is sometimes possible to carry out an egg and nest removal programme as long as it is in line with legal requirements.
To find out more about the bird control solutions we can provide for your business premises then please contact us now.