The practice of keeping pest birds off one’s property is known as bird proofing. It involves the use of physical, visual, and auditory deterrents to keep pest birds from perching or nesting on structures.
Birds like pigeons and gulls gravitate towards urban areas because there is an abundance of food sources and tall buildings with nooks and crannies that provide safe places to nest. The best way to keep a pest bird problem at bay is by preventing them from accessing the places where they could potentially perch or nest.
At Rope WorX we use various bird-proofing methods like bird spikes, bird netting and wire, and weld mesh to keep birds off your property.
Birds may seem harmless when they perch or nest on your property, but they can actually cause some serious health, safety, financial, and legal problems.
Pigeons are one of the most common carriers of infections. Other birds have been found to spread pathogens including salmonella, E.coli, and other airborne illnesses that can induce respiratory issues. These pathogens can be found in the droppings of birds.
Paved areas outside of your building can become very slippery from bird droppings, which presents a falling hazard to your employees, clients, and the general public.
During the breeding season and when they are trying to get food, gulls can be notoriously aggressive and attack people.
Bird droppings contain uric acid, which is powerful enough to corrode paintwork, metal, masonry, and brickwork in minutes.
Bird droppings and nesting materials can block gutters, resulting in water overflow that might damage roofs and walls, as well as being extremely expensive to repair.
Moreover, if your business premises are dirty and full of bird droppings, it won’t exactly make you look like a successful company that cares about its reputation.
Not only are pest birds a problem in and of themselves, but they also bring other pests like mites, ticks, and fleas that could exacerbate the issue at your property.
The legal aspect of bird proofing
Every bird, along with its eggs and nests, is protected by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. If you try to harm or kill a bird or interfere with its nests or eggs without having the required wildlife license, you might be prosecuted in the United Kingdom.
- A wildlife licence from Natural England permits you to control particular bird species through specific methods.
- General licences do not need to be applied for and allow people to control birds through killing or trapping in specific situations where it would otherwise be illegal.
- Individual licences are given for things that aren’t addressed by a general licence.
Like with most things in life, it’s always best to seek professional help before taking matters into your own hands. Pest control technicians are trained and experienced in dealing with bird species, so we recommend you get advice from them instead of trying to handle the problem on your own.
In certain situations, bird proofing may be challenging due to a lack of access or the structure’s size, which is why you might want the assistance of abseiling specialists in London. With the specialized gear, our trained professionals can climb up to any building.