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pigeon-controlWith 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.

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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.

Bird Dropping
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.

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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.

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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.

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Birds such as pigeons, seagulls and crows can be a big nuisance when they gather in large numbers. They can create lots of mess, cause damage, carry mites and other bacteria not to mention the noise they make!

A good way of combating this problem is through bird netting. 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.

Bird netting can be fixed to the building using masonry bolts and clamps and sometimes further support structures are needed to accommodate additional wiring. The fittings that come with the bird netting are made of extremely durable stainless steel or galvanized steel so you can be rest assured that the netting will stand the test of time.

RSPB Approved Solution

Bird netting is an affordable and low profile solution to bird control problems. By creating a physical barrier the netting prevents unwanted birds from entering areas that need to be protected. It’s particularly effective in stopping birds from accessing balconies, recesses and alcoves.

Bird netting can’t be seen from a distance so it doesn’t ruin the aesthetic aspect of the building. It is also silent and eco-friendly because you don’t need any power to operate them.

If your home or business property is plagued by unwanted birds, then bird netting could be a good investment. As well as being used in domestic properties it is also frequently used for sports stadiums, bridges, warehouses, underpasses, eaves and rafters of buildings, large factories, commercial units etc. Approved by the RSPB bird netting offers a humane solution to any bird control problems that you may have and you can be confident that no harm will come to them by having it installed.

To find out more about bird netting solutions then please contact us now. We’d be happy to help.

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Pigeons can be found in abundance throughout the UK, especially in coastal towns, urban areas and many of our towns and cities. They congregate in urban areas because there is always a good supply of food scraps to keep them happy. Once settled in an area they will breed in large numbers and this is when they can start to cause problems.


The problems they create are droppings, noise and building damage. They also carry a variety of diseases and mites which can present a health problem.

Pigeons are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 so it is illegal to injure or kill them and to interfere with their eggs and nests. However, if they are causing a problem then there are a variety of practical things you can do as well as pigeon control products that are available which can remedy the problem.

The practical things you can do are not feeding them and making sure that food scraps are carefully discarded so that pigeons can’t get to them.

Pigeon Control Products that Work Well Include:

Bird Spikes and Netting – These are RSPB approved and they stop pigeons from landing, nesting and roosting. Pigeon spikes can be used on chimney stacks, roofs and window sills and nets can be used to cover the roof and face of a building. Both are effective deterrents.

Post and Wire System – These are made of wire and nylon filaments and they are made in a criss-cross pattern to cover ridges and flat roofs. These stop pigeons from landing.

Professional Bird Control

If you are experiencing problems with pigeons then we recommend that you bring in a professional bird control team to deal with the issue.

Total Bird Control are experts in all aspects of dealing with pigeon control problems so please contact us now if you need any help.

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Pigeons, when they gather in large numbers, can be a huge nuisance to your home or business property. The noise, the mess they make, the health and safety hazards connected with bird guano and the mites and other bacteria they carry can be a real problem so if you need a pigeon control solution then we can help.

We provide bird and pigeon netting services throughout the UK and they give a very effective solution to pigeon control issues. Pigeon netting is made from nylon netting fixed to a wire rope frame that is pre-tensioned. This means that no pigeon can pass through it. Pigeons also find the net extremely difficult for them to land or roost on.

Pigeon nets can be fixed to the ground with masonry bolts and clamp systems. Sometimes you might need further support structures that need constructing for additional wiring. All components and fittings are made of stainless steel or galvanised steel which is very durable and guaranteed to last a long time.

Cost effective and low profile solution

Pigeon netting is a cost effective and low profile solution to pigeon control problems. It creates a physical barrier and prevents them from entering areas that need to be protected. It is also a discreet solution because pigeon netting cannot be seen at a distance, they are silent, and you don’t need an energy source to run it.

If your home and garden is plagued by unwanted pigeons then it may be time you invested in some pigeon netting. In addition to domestic settings, pigeon netting is also often used for sports stadiums, warehouse ceilings, bridges, underpasses, eaves and rafters of buildings, factories etc. They offer a humane RSPB approved solution to any pigeon control problems that you may be facing and no harm will come to them by having it installed.

Pigeon netting is also very effective in preventing access to alcoves, recesses and balconies which are difficult to protect using other methods.

To find out more how pigeon netting can be used to solve your pigeon control problems then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Whether it’s pigeons, crows, seagulls or other breeds of wild birds, if they start to cause a nuisance to your home or business property then you will need to find a solution that will deter them without causing them harm. Bird Spikes are the ideal solution to stop birds from roosting and becoming a pest and you can obtain them to deal specifically with the bird that is causing the problem such as pigeon spikes.


Bird spikes are very versatile and they can be used in a variety of places such as roofs, ledges, gutters, walls, on CCTV cameras and generally where birds like to land. They are effective because the spikes make them difficult to land on and this deters large numbers of birds congregating and becoming a nuisance.

Large gatherings of wild birds are common in city centres, towns and coastal resorts where they are attracted by the ready supply of waste food that is available. Once they gather on buildings they can cause a lot of damage, make a great deal of noise and produce a lot of faces which is ultimately damaging and causes a health and safety issue. Not only that, birds such as seagulls can get particularly aggressive and they have often been known to swoop and attack people.

Bird Spikes and Pigeon Spikes

If you are experiencing a bird problem,then bird spikes could be the solution you’re looking for. They are RSPB approved and no birds will be harmed by using them. The spikes on a bird spike stick upwards and outwards and they are available in different sizes and strengths depending on the type of bird you are trying to deter.

Many people think that using bird spikes on their building will make it look ugly and unsightly. At Total Bird Control we are able to install bird spikes that are difficult to notice so that it doesn’t ruin the aesthetic look of the building.

As well as bird spikes we can also offer bird netting and these are often used in commercial settings such as stadiums and large warehouses.

If you are looking for an ideal bird 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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Whether you live in a coastal town or in an in-land urban area, seagulls can be a big problem and if they start nesting on your property then it can be pretty unpleasant to deal with.

Seagulls love towns and cities because there is always a ready supply of food scraps to keep them happy. Unfortunately the problems they bring with them include droppings, noise and aggressive behaviour, especially when they start nesting and protecting their young.

Once they start nesting it can be very difficult to get them to move on because even if you remove the nest, they will quickly return and build another one. However there are some practical things you can do. These include:

  1. 1. Making sure that you dispose of food scraps appropriately ensuring the seagulls can’t access it.
  2. 2. Don’t put out your refuse collection bags too far in advance of a collection. Seagulls are well know for tearing apart bin bags and getting at the food scraps so give them less opportunity to do this.
  3. 3. Use bird spikes or netting to stop them from landing and nesting. Spikes can be used on window sills, roofs and chimney stacks and netting can be used to cover the face of a building as well as the roof to stop them from landing and roosting.
  4. 4. Try a post and wire system. These are made of nylon and wire filaments and designed in a criss-cross pattern to cover flat roofs and ridges.
  5. 5. Alternatively you could use an electrical charge system which gives out a low electrical charge and causes the seagull to have a small shock and fly away. No harm will come to any bird through one of these systems or any of those outlined above.

Need help with a seagull problem?

It’s important to remember that seagulls are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 so under no circumstance should you cause seagulls any harm. However, we know that having a seagull problem is something that can be a massive nuisance and there are plenty of safe measures that can be taken to deal with the problem.

If you’re experiencing seagull problems at your home then please get in touch and we will be happy to advise you on the best course of action.