Reasons For Bird Pest Control
There are a variety of reasons for managing urban bird pests. These reasons generally involve Health and Safety or saving money, or a combination of these.
Human Disease Transmission
Diseases associated with birds fall into two categories: air borne and food borne. Examples include:
- Campylobacter SPP
- Chlamydia Psittaci
- Cryptococcus Neoformans
- Escherichia Coli 0157
- Histoplasma SPP
- Listeria Monocytogenes
- Salmonella SPP
Insect & Mite Infestation
Urban birds have a number of blood feeding parasites that live in their nests and can bite humans. Their feathers, droppings and dead birds in nesting areas can be host to a variety of other insects.
Bird droppings are a serious slip hazard. To reduce the likelihood of being sued by members of the public who slip on droppings, more and more buildings are taking preventative measures to eliminate these risks.
Bird droppings are very acid and can cause deterioration to stonework and corrosion of metal. Also a problem is the accumulation of nesting materials, droppings and food debris that can block gutters and down pipes. This can cause flooding and water damage to property. Birds also damage property such as window seals, roofing and pipework
Where birds perch, roost or nest they generally leave droppings, which might smell and look unpleasant and may put off potential customers to a business.
Justifying The Costs
Customer benefits for bird work include:
- Reduce Health and Safety hazards
- Save money – now or in the future
- Improve relations with customers
- Protection from prosecution
BIRD CONTROL SERVICES
Bird netting is one of the most popular proofing methods, and it can be used against all species of urban bird pest. Nets can be used to protect a wide range of structures, from small voids to ledges, through to building faces or complete roofs. Provided they are properly installed, nets can be used with confidence in places subject to high levels of bird infestation and where birds are roosting at night or nesting.
Bird spikes are the simplest and least expensive solution for deterring birds from alighting on specific areas like ledges, parapets, beams, pipes, gutters and roof ridges. Spikes tend to be difficult to see from a distance, and good quality spikes correctly installed can last many years. Success can be limited in some nesting and night roosting areas.
The bird wire system involves thin sprung wires mounted on posts just above building surfaces. Like spikes, bird wire is well suited to ledges, parapets, beams, pipes, gutters and roof ridges, but is not appropriate for extensive surfaces. Bird wire is a very adaptable system and is more discreet than bird spikes, however whilst bird wire can work in areas that are important to birds in the daytime, such as sites overlooking a food source, it will not work in nesting and night roosting sites.
Electric Bird Deterrent Systems
Electric systems give birds an uncomfortable but harmless electric shock which deters them from landing. They have great value where low visibility is a particular priority and are especially useful in protecting awkward shaped signs, parapets edges, ledges, pipes and roof ridges. Electric systems are highly effective in deterring all bird species even on nesting and night roosting sights. Each system has its own strengths and weaknesses’, making a careful selection is vital to efficiency. A core requirement with any bird proofing system is that it is humane. We have a specialist Bird Control Department that will be happy to help you with any bird problems. We will carry out a free survey, quotation and written report.