On one hand, we are being encouraged to create gardens and green spaces that are attractive to insects and birds; playing an important stabilising role in the local environment, the presence of birds in the garden can be delightful and pleasant.
But, not all birds are welcome and it seems that, over the decades, as our habits and routines have changed, some birds have taken advantage. Regularly encroaching on human ‘space’, as well as causing untold expensive damage to buildings, birds, pigeons and seagulls can cause many problems…
- Birds, pigeons and seagulls roosting and nesting on properties can be a real problem; dislodging guttering, breaking tiles and blocking guttering the resulting damage can be costly and time-consuming to repair.
- Birds can also represent a health hazard to humans; with nasty bacteria present in their faeces, they can spread diseases such as ornithosis, E.Coli and salmonella.
- Their droppings also deface buildings, as well as fouling entrances and pavements; if these droppings are left, they can make surfaces slippery but can also, over time, be corrosive, eating away at certain kinds of materials.
- Insect infestations are encouraged in a property, both the home and business premises, when nests and birds are allowed to use the exterior of a property for nesting and breeding. Bird mites, beetles and fleas are all attracted to their nests and can become an issue within the internal fabric of a building.
- There are many nuisance cases where birds, especially seagulls, can be aggressive towards humans – you, your family or customers in the case of a business – during the breeding season, and when the young have hatched. Defending their young is something seagulls are known for, along with opportunistic thieving of food, in some cases, from our hands!
Birds that flock together tend to do so for reasons of safety. In this way, they are better protected from predators such as cats, rats and foxes. They also huddle together as part of their natural behaviour for warmth, breeding as well as foraging for food.
Birds are everywhere! Can anything be done?
Yes, but rather than culling or killing birds, measures are taken to prevent them from settling on buildings or making nests in chimneys etc. There is an increasing range of methods and equipment coming on to the market that a professional pest controller has access to including;
- Netting – commonly seen across roofs, this netting humanely prevents birds from resting or roosting on roofs, preventing dislodged tiles
- Spikes – again, a common sight on many buildings, spiking prevents birds from flocking to ledges etc.
- Angled ‘slides’ – some people are also investing in slides that are fixed to a building, in the guttering or ledges, for example, and are placed at an angle. The lack of grip means that birds are unable to sit or roost.
- Long spikes – birds commonly sit on lampposts and again, can cause damage and so an increasingly common sight on new posts are rotating long spikes, sometime known as ‘daddy long leg’ as they look similar!
The way we feed the birds can also be an encouragement to some of the larger birds, such as seagulls and pigeons, coming to our gardens and roosting on our properties. Encouraging the ‘right’ birds with bird feeders and seed, rather than bread and other large chunks of food thrown on to a lawn can also help.
Birds, pigeons or seagulls a problem? Call us and ask how our bird proofing equipment can save you thousands of pounds in maintenance costs and make your home or business a more pleasant place again…