Get Rid of Bird Problems | Bird Removal Specialists
Birds which are a Nuisance
Gulls, feral pigeons, sparrows, starlings and house martins can cause problems when they take roost or nest in or around homes and business premises.
Problems Caused by Birds
- Gulls can attack people unprovoked, particularly during their breeding season.
- Bird droppings make pavements and walkways slippery.
- Large numbers of birds roosting or nesting in a building means a lot of noise and a large amount of droppings that are unsightly and smell unpleasant. Diseases can be spread through nesting materials and droppings that are inhaled when they become dry and airborne. Pigeons reportedly carry more than 110 pathogens, some causing severe respiratory illnesses in humans such as pneumonia. Their droppings can also harbour the fungus Cryptococcus which causes a potentially fatal fungal infection. Secondary insect infestations may occur from parasites which live on birds and in their nests such as mites, ticks, fleas and beetles.
- An infestation of birds at an office or factory can make the building look unsightly and the business appear unclean, damaging a company’s reputation. If the building is used for food production or packing this violates the Food Safety Regulations 1995 and may result in prosecution of the food company.
- Birds can cause damage to the structure of property. Droppings are acidic so corrode and erode metals, stonework and brickwork. Nesting materials can block chimneys, flues and guttering.
- Remove nests after the breeding season and treat the areas with pesticide to remove any insect infestations.
- Install anti-perch spiking, netting or repellent gel in or around homes and business premises to prevent birds from roosting and nesting.
Treatment/Culling of Birds
All wild birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. However, there are certain exceptions which permit professional pest controllers with a wildlife licence issued by government departments to take appropriate action to control birds by deterring them to protect a building and the public’s health, and sometimes removing them if there is an infestation.
Hawking is used to deter nuisance birds at sites where spiking and netting are not feasible. It needs to be carried out on a regular basis to be effective in discouraging pigeons and gulls from feeding, nesting and roosting in a particular area.
The beneﬁts of hawking are that it is a humane method as the nuisance birds aren’t killed but ‘scared’ away, it is environmentally friendly and there are no visual effects which are associated with netting and spiking.
Chris Gray is our specialist technician for hawking. He currently owns five Harris Hawks, two Peregrine falcons, a hybrid Gyrfalcon and two Peregrine hybrids for situations like land ﬁll sites. The birds of prey are trained to a high level and only receive food from their handler and will not attack other birds or animals. They will also not pester the general public and are undisturbed by machinery or people.
The effectiveness of hawking is dependent on the frequency of the visits. We tailor each programme to deliver the best results possible. We cannot guarantee to eradicate nuisance birds completely. Prices are dependent on each situation however a typical programme which consists of a 2-hour ﬂight will cost £200 +VAT or £220 +VAT (depending on geographical location).
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