Without bird control in place, birds can cause a significant amount of damage to buildings and offices.
They can also pose a severe risk to the health of not only your employees but the public. Did you know that pigeons can also carry any of 60 known diseases, including salmonella? If you’re responsible for employee or public safety and disregard bird control or deal with the situation in the wrong way, you could face prosecution.
3 Top tips for Bird Control
1. Assess The Issue
Initially, you must access the issue at hand before beginning the elimination process.
- Where are birds landing or nesting?
- What type of birds assemble on your property?
- Are you accidentally supplying food or water access to unwanted birds?
It is crucial that the process is documented throughout and evaluated right from the get-go. The ability to demonstrate that you have considered the issue in detail to ensure you protect your business and show due diligence is critical here.
2. Proceed with the process
There are some steps you can take to practise good bird control. Below are just a few:
- Limit access to food and water: Not only will this will prevent birds from nesting in your premises, but you will also reduce litter and waste on your property.
Provide netting: This method is both very successful and cost-effective. Protective netting will do just that, protect the building. Netting is often the solution used to cover individual features of the building or the entire roof.
- Clean bird droppings: Bird droppings are a disease risk and slip hazard which requires an expert approach. Just one gull’s nest can create a recipe for disaster, such as serious flood damage of a building just from gulls blocking the gutter system. Let’s not forget the unwelcomed noise that will affect staff productivity!
- Scare them away with distress systems: Distress or laser systems work well to repel birds in certain circumstances. Distress calls will prevent birds from landing near your property.
- Electric bird deterrent track: This solution is discreet and will deter birds with an uncomfortable, but importantly, harmless electrical pulse. You can use it on surfaces such as ledges, signage and more.
- Spiking: The simplest and least expensive way of deterring birds from alighting on specific areas such as ledges, signage and gutters. Choose either polycarbonate or stainless steel spikes, with a 10- or 12-year guarantee respectively. They are quickly fixed using screws, nails or silicone adhesive. Bird spikes are useful on ledges, gutters, beams, pipes and signs, etc., but for areas with a high pressure of birds, netting may be preferable.
- Post and wire: A less powerful deterrent than spikes or netting, but where visual impact is essential, post and wire may offer the best compromise. Flexible, low cost and easily fitted, it can be refurbished where needed rather than replaced wholesale. Ideal for ledges parapets gutters and roof ridges.
- Eliminate Shelter: Birds are on a constant quest for places to nest. Ensure you block all possible entrance to small structures such as bins, sheds and similar areas.
3. Evaluate the results
Bird control saves the cost of damage to buildings. Pigeons, gulls, and other birds can cause extensive damage to facilities, this includes debris from nesting material and bird fouling, putting your premises at risk from acid in the droppings corroding bricks and paintwork.
Prevention is always better than cure. So by adding protection to homes and commercial buildings, you are reducing costly infestations from rodents and birds. Infestations from pests is a distressing issue for residents, so we work proactively to prevent any problems arising. Certified to BPCA (British Pest Control Association) standards.
Investing in pest prevention will not only reduce your cleaning budget but keep your residents happy and any emergency repair bills down.
Our pest control division has been running since 2005. Our ethical and responsible approach to bird and pest control ensure our methods have no adverse effects on wildlife or the surrounding environment.
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Smarter Services has been operating bird control services since 2005. To discuss ethical ways to remove unwanted pests from your facility call 0207 112 8857.
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