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Pigeon & Bird Proofing

Pigeons, Starlings & Sea Gulls getting Under Solar Panels

It is often necessary to prevent birds (usually pigeons) roosting & nesting. In the case of pigeons this is usually done by netting or spiking. We have staff who are highly experienced in this field. Please phone for a free quotation: 0330 1002811 / 0800 026 0308.

Birds in Domestic Premises

Often birds get into the eaves of houses. This can cause problems of parasites, noise & mess. Unfortunately the types of birds that nest in these areas are usually starlings or sparrows, both are protected & it is against the law to disturb, eggs, nests or young. Blocking off the holes will have to be done when none are present.

Net fixed under eaves to prevent birds nesting & roosting  

Loft insulation Removal & Replacement

Net fixed under eaves to prevent birds nesting & roosting

Pigeon Netting over roof of a shopping centre  (Festival Place, Basingstoke)  

Pigeon Netting over roof of a shopping centre (Festival Place, Basingstoke)

Pigeons roosting on a sign. Spiking will solve the problem  

Pigeons roosting on a sign. Spiking will solve the problem

Pigeon Net covering glass roof  

Pigeon Net covering glass roof

Pigeon Droppings on a balcony. This was netted & the problem solved  

Pigeon Droppings on a balcony. This was netted & the problem solved

As you can see,  pigeons are roosting on the light & fouling the wall & balcony  

As you can see, pigeons are roosting on the light & fouling the wall & balcony

Pigeons roosting & nesting under a car park  

Pigeons roosting & nesting under a car park

Netting  under railway station.  Pigeons were roosting on the beams before the netting was installed  

Netting under railway station. Pigeons were roosting on the beams before the netting was installed



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Pigeon Netting Carried Out On Hotel Rooftop In Slough, Berks

Pigeons were fouling a rooftop plant room on top of a city centre hotel in Slough. Not only was it a nuisance for the hotel management, but it is also a serious health hazard to any workmen such as air conditioning engineers who need access to the roof area.

netting on hotel roof hotel roof installation of netting

 

Pigeons, Starlings & Sea Gulls getting Under Solar Panels

solar panel

Birds are learning that Solar Panels are and nice place to roost, nest and shelter. At PEST UK we are receiving an increasing amount of calls relating to this problem. We now have access to a newly designed bird spike that has been designed for use with solar panels. This is similar to a ‘normal’ bird spike but set at an angle to prevent birds gaining access. This allows the base to have maximum contact with the roof making to spike stable and strong. It may take time but these problems with birds and solar panels will increase as birds learn this behaviour and pass it down to their offspring. These spikes unlike other methods (mainly wire mesh) allow adequate ventilation under the panels and also allow larger items such as leaves pass through rather than getting caught and building up as does happen with mesh.

The problems that nesting birds may cause include smells, buildup of droppings (blocking gutters and drains), noise and general nuisance. Pigeon droppings also carry Psttacosis which is carried in the dust of dried pigeon droppings.

Owls & other birds of prey, live or stuffed do not work in the long term. This allies not only to solar panels but any sites where So many times we get called to sites where a stuffed Eagle Owl or similar bird of prey has been used to scare off pigeon, starlings or sea gulls. They do work for a very short time but these birds are not that stupid and in a matter of weeks or even days they will ignore them completely. Even using live birds of prey have limited effect. The birds will depart once the bird of prey is present but will return one the bird of prey has gone. 

See picture of specialised solar panel bird spike and a property that PEST UK  ‘proofed’.

Bird Free ‘Fire Gel’ for Pigeons, Gulls & all Birds

Bird Free ‘Fire Gel’ is a new method first introduced in 2011 that appears to birds that there is a fire, making them avoid the area. It is installed in small dishes, is non toxic unobtrusive (unlike spikes or netting) and low maintenance. It may need to be replaced every 2 years but in most cases not. The drawback of Bird Free Fire Gel is the cost, roughly £35 + VAT per metre including installation. It has been used successfully at the following sites:

Covent Garden Market and Paddington Station in London, Mont St Michel in Normandy, Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley, Lutyens’ Thiepval Memorial in Picardie, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and St Andrew’s University in Scotland, where it is keeping the gulls away.

Bird Free Fire Gel is harmless, odourless and a humane method of deterring all types of birds.

Trays of Bird Free Fire Gel
Trays of Bird Free Fire Gel

Bird Free Fire Gel successfully used on this ledge that was covered in pigeon guano
Bird Free Fire Gel successfully used on this ledge that was covered in pigeon guano

Pigeons were perching on this sign until Bird Free Fire Gel was installed
Pigeons were perching on this sign until Bird Free Fire Gel was installed