Bird Control and Preventions

Bird Proofing

Birds nesting in precarious places and leaving prolific number of droppings which are unsightly, smell and can cause disease.

Birds by the nature of building nests, starlings, sparrows, pigeons, will bring in nesting materials such as twigs, leaves, feathers, and other suitable building material all of which will potentially carry insects i.e. carpet beetle and wood boring beetle which once the birds have fledged the nest leaving behind then insects which will then make their way into the house foraging for food and causing untold damage to clothing, carpets and furniture.

Bird Management and Proofing

Various methods can be employed to keep birds off or from accessing buildings, these include netting, bird spikes, shooting and gels applied to ledges.

Once birds have left the nest it is advisable to have the nest removed by a professional pest controller and the area treated with a residual insecticide to prevent insect ingress.

Feral Pigeons

Found world-wide and throughout Britain the feral or town pigeon is closely associated with humans and is a common sight in urban environments. It may be found in rural situations, for example, associated with farm buildings.

Feral pigeons build their nests in or on buildings and other structures, where they are usually found on ledges or in hollows, under eaves or on girders. Some feral pigeons are capable of breeding throughout the year; however the peak occurs between March and July.  Usually two white eggs are laid on consecutive days.  Incubation lasts about 18 days with a fledging taking place about 4 and a half weeks later.  A new clutch can be laid when the first young are 20 days old.  Up to 9 broods may be produced per year.

Much of the damage caused by pigeons arises from infestations of buildings. Feral pigeons should also be regarded as potential carriers of disease.