What is Pigeon Control & Bird Control?

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Bird and Pigeon control is the term used for the method of deterring or getting rid of a bird problem caused by unwanted pigeons, seagulls and other birds that land, roost or nest on properties. It is the feral pigeons that we see in our towns and city centres that cause the greatest problems for property owners.

One of the most common problems associated with pigeons is the unsightly and unhygienic soiling of buildings where the pigeons have been roosting and perching on ledges, roofs and window sills. When faced with a pigeon control problem of this nature, most property owners will try to seek guidance from professional bird control specialists, only to be confronted with highly conflicting advice as to what product or service should be employed to resolve the pigeon problem.

What Causes a Bird Problem?

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In the vast majority of cases, the source of the bird problem will be the deliberate and persistent feeding of pigeons by the general public, whether that be via bird tables, open rubbish bins or discarded fast food containers, and the purposeful feeding of pigeons in parks and open spaces. This access to plentiful nourishment means the birds can breed all through the year. The birds favour positions high up on buildings as these are safe areas to roost and nest away from predators, whilst also giving the pigeons and other birds a good vantage point from which to see the surrounding area.

Urban environments are growing, and with the proliferation of food sources in combination with high roosting areas, they have become pigeons' and birds' preferred habitats. If the source of the pigeon problem is not dealt with, it will continue unabated, which is one of the main reasons why pigeon populations worldwide have continued to grow unchecked.

How to Solve Your Bird Problem

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There are many humane and inhumane methods throughout the world that can solve bird and pigeon problems. Some bird control methods available within the UK pest control marketplace include the installation of humane bird deterrents such as bird spikes, pigeon spikes, bird netting, pigeon post and wire and bird-scaring devices. Other methods of controlling bird populations are the use of artificial breeding facilities, culling, and even the use of live hawks.

Individual home owners who experience bird problems can also take action to help solve their pigeon issue using Defender™ Bird Control Spikes to protect their property. The only pigeon control product that is recommended by independent and expert bodies, such as the Pigeon Control Advisory Service (PiCAS International) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), is the Anti-Roosting Spike. This product is 100% effective as a pigeon control deterrent, certainly when installed according to manufacturer’s recommendations, and can be installed easily by the property owner rather than requiring the services of a specialist bird control contractor. The pigeon spike is humane and relatively inexpensive compared to the majority of standard bird control deterrents.

Always be aware that if you have pigeons perching on one area of your property, and you protect that area with bird control spikes, the birds may move to another area of the same building. When assessing your pigeon problem prior to ordering and installing anti-roosting spikes, you should identify all the areas where pigeons may potentially relocate on your property, and protect those areas as well. As pigeon control spikes are the most cost-effective deterrent on the market, the extra cost involved will be minimal. You will then have the satisfaction of knowing that you have comprehensively protected your property.

Resolving Established Bird Problems

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Any bird problem that covers large areas of towns and cities will have to be approved by the council or similar body that has responsibility for the area as a whole. These area-wide pigeon control systems will not only need to deal with the protection of the properties but also with the source of the problem, including the removal of large-scale pigeon roosts that have grown in derelict buildings.

One humane method of reducing pigeon flock size whilst at the same time reducing problems for property owners, is to provide one or more designated pigeon control feeding areas, for example, a public park. Those who wish to feed pigeons can do so legitimately, as the food provided will draw pigeons away from their existing feeding and perching sites, thereby dramatically reducing problems for property owners.

If a dovecote or other type of artificial breeding facility is provided near to the feeding area, the birds will be encouraged to move away from their urban roosting ledges. The pigeons will lay eggs in the dovecote which are then removed and replaced with dummy eggs. This has the effect of reducing flock size at the same time as concentrating the problem in one area where the birds can be accommodated.

If an area-wide pigeon control plan is implemented, pigeon control deterrents, such as bird spikes, will need to be provided on the affected buildings. This will force pigeons away from their existing roosting and breeding sites and towards the new areas.

Questions About Pigeon and Bird Control

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If you have any questions about bird or pigeon control or need advice on how to solve your bird problems, then our helpful team can offer professional, friendly and free advice to assist you to solve your bird problem quickly and easily. Call us to speak to an advisor now on 01626 835055 or email us through our contact page if you prefer. We are open Mon - Fri 8.30am - 4.30pm.