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.
With the increase in solar panels being fitted to roofs and with many new builds giving the option of having them installed, bird problems under solar panels is starting to become a real issue. At the moment it appears to be pigeons that are nesting under solar panels the most but other varieties of birds have been discovered too. It’s even predicted that squirrels will start setting up homes under them!
Birds have always congregated on roofs and unfortunately solar panels have supplied them with a ready made home so this was a problem that was waiting to happen.
Birds will inevitably cause damage to the solar panels and the amount of guano they produce causes major issues too and stops the solar panels from performing effectively.
So what can be done?
To counteract this problem we can provide you with a bird mesh solution. Bird mesh can be used to seal up the area under the panels and clips directly on to them, covering the entire solar panel area. Bird netting can also be used but this is not as strong as using the mesh.
An alternative solution is to place bird spikes along the edges of the solar panels to deter them from entering.
If you are currently experiencing pigeon problems under your solar panels and don’t know what to do then please give us a call on 08000 35 1000 or do visit here. We will arrange to visit your property, assess the problem, and advise on the best solution.
Bird problems in urban areas are a common occurrence and the amount of damage they can cause, public health and safety issues they create and cleaning and maintenance costs they generate can be a big problem.
Typical problems can be associated with urban gull and feral pigeon populations. These have increased significantly over the years because of the amount of waste food that is readily available in cities. Congregating in and around public and retail buildings, houses, factories, bridges, monuments, bus stations, warehouses and sport facilities, both gulls and pigeons cause problems with their droppings, nests, noise and the damage they cause to the fabric of a building. Seagulls have also been known to attack people and small pets, particular when they are nesting and protecting their young
The acidic nature of their droppings can be a particular health and safety issue causing slippery surfaces, bacterial problems, and significant damage to buildings and automobiles.
Problems with Smaller Urban Birds
Smaller urban birds such as starlings and house sparrows can also be problematical. Their size makes them difficult to exclude from buildings and starlings in particular can accumulate in very large flocks around city centre buildings.
This is a particular problem for bird fouling and their droppings carry a wide range of parasites and bacteria which can be harmful to humans. The bird droppings can also cause serious damage to stone and metalwork.
The blocking of gutters and the large accumulation of nesting materials with its accompanying insects and mites can also cause damage to a building and even cause loss of business if a situation is not dealt with promptly.
At Total Bird Control we have many years experience dealing with a range of urban bird problems so if you are looking for a bird control solution then please do not hesitate to contact us.
The use of bird traps can be an excellent solution for short-term bird population reduction when used correctly and legally. It can be a controversial subject but in the hands of bird control specialists it is definitely a humane bird control method that is fully compliant with the bird control law.
The main function of a bird trap is that it provides a humane way of capturing birds with the minimum of distress caused by the bird. Bird traps also enable the capture to take place out of view from the general public so that no unnecessary upset is caused. Sometimes it is necessary to control high populations of birds and bird traps offer an effective solution for doing so that meets all the relevant legislation.
Bird traps are available in a wide variety of designs and can be tailored to specific species such as magpies, crows, and pigeons. The traps are made of strong and durable materials and they can cater for individual birds or several birds at once depending on what’s required.
The Practicalities of Bird Trapping
The positioning of a bird trap and the type of bait that is used is vital depending upon the type of bird that you are trying to capture. Bird traps are often used on roofs and on the side of buildings and some offer state of the art hi-tech solutions to capturing birds which include electronic sensors that close the trap automatically once a bird activates it. Whatever the circumstance, the bird trap should always contain food, water and shade so that the bird is humanely treated after capture.
As well as a bird control method, bird trapping can also be used to carry out important scientific research and to monitor bird numbers, with the birds being released once the appropriate records have been taken
The laws surrounding bird trapping can be complicated. You need to conform to the general licence to carry out the work professionally and there is a strict code of practice that needs to be adhered to otherwise you could be prosecuted.
Total Bird Control are experts in all aspects of bird trapping and we have the necessary licenses and experience to carry out the work professionally and humanely. To find out more about our bird trapping service then please contact us now and speak to one of our specialist team.
If you live in a property that has a balcony or work in a commercial premises with one, then having problem birds like pigeons or seagulls consistently perching on your balcony can be a real nuisance. If left unattended, they can cause quite a bit of damage and worse still, they may even decide to nest there!
Seagulls and pigeons will bring insects and other small prey to your balcony and leave a lot of unpleasant debris for you to deal with. Also, the acidic nature of their guano can cause your balcony to corrode and create a health and safety hazard. And then there’s the noise. The constant screeching of seagulls and the persistent cooing of pigeons can drive you to distraction.
So, with this in mind, if you are constantly plagued by birds on your balcony and they are starting to cause noise, damage and pollution problems then it’s time you enlisted some help.
Bird Spikes and Bird Netting
So what’s the best thing to do to keep them off your balcony?
Here are a couple of great options for you:
Bird Spikes – putting bird spikes on your balcony will act as an excellent deterrent. Bird spikes make it extremely difficult for birds to perch, roost and nest. The spikes are available in different sizes depending on the type of bird that is causing you the problem so please ask us for advice
Bird Netting – this is also very effective. Netting can cover a wide area and will stop birds from entering and perching on the balcony.
Both of the above are RSPB approved so you can be rest assured that no harm will come to the birds; they simply act as a deterrent. For more advice about bird problems then please do not hesitate to contact Total Bird Control.