Pigeons are not a pleasant sight if they are nesting on your property. The desire to remove pigeons quickly is understandable. They can spread diseases such as histoplasmosis, and salmonella. Their droppings are corrosive and can also cause stonework, metals and brickwork to erode. The mess caused to business premises can be off-putting to customers and damage reputations. However, it is essential not to act by yourself.
Nesting pigeons are protected by law under the Wildlife & Countryside Act of 1981. This means it is an offence to kill, injure or take any wild bird and damage or destroy its nest or eggs. A breach of the Act could result in a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and a fine. Only those with a licence are permitted to move a wild bird’s nest when certain conditions are met.
In the wild, feral pigeons would be nesting on the side of cliff faces, caves or mountains. Our city buildings mimic that environment. Pigeons are scavengers and are not afraid of the noise, hustle and bustle of busy cities or towns. In fact, such destinations have a wide choice of roofs and ledges on commercial buildings such as office blocks, warehouses and stadiums. Their tendency to be close to a steady food and water source make them a perfect nesting site. A pigeon’s homing instinct also means they will stay in, or close to, the area to breed for their entire lives. So, a long-term solution is essential to keep the problem at bay.
There are several ways to safely remove and deter pigeons. The first step is to eliminate any food sources, wherever possible. Next is to choose a licenced pest control expert to assess your building and recommend the appropriate measures.
Anti Perch Spikes
An effective and humane way to deter pigeons from nesting are anti perch spikes. They work by making it uncomfortable or difficult for the birds to land and nest but will not cause any harm. Bird spikes can be used on windowsills, rooftops and pipework. They come in a range of sizes, and it is essential to install the correct size and type for your property and have them checked and maintained regularly.
Bird wire is a discreet deterrent often used for glass fronted buildings. It can also be placed around chimney pots to stop the birds from nesting.
Bird netting is another effective long-term measure, often used to protect roofs, solar panels, signage and building facades. It withstands weathering and stops birds from nesting. A professional must be used when it comes to bird netting. If it is not installed properly, or the incorrect size of netting is used, it can result in birds becoming trapped and injured. It’s also important to maintain bird netting to ensure gaps have not emerged over time.
Electric bird deterrent
Avishock is an electric bird deterrent that modifies bird behaviour. Its tracks can be installed in difficult to reach areas and provide a discreet option to deter pest birds. When a bird lands on the track it releases a small electric pulse. As a result, the birds are unlikely to return to the area to nest. It does not harm the birds and can be an effective solution alongside bird netting, bird wires and anti-perch spikes.
It is extremely important to seek professional help to clean the guano (pigeon droppings) from the area. Guano carries pathogens such as ornithosis, listeria and e-coli. When dry, it can become airborne and lead to respiratory complaints such as psittacosis, and the cryptococcus fungus. The technicians from Protex Pest Control will safely clean and sterilise the surrounding areas and ensure all waste is removed and taken off-site in a discreet and professional manner.
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