Controlling pest or nuisance birds is more difficult than any other pest, insect or animal known to man.
Before Action is taken,
Potential losses should be weighed against the cost and likely effectiveness of the methods of control.
Scaring rather than killing birds is important as a means of preventing damage to property or product. where species are protected by legislation or where there may be problems with animal lovers. The ease of scaring birds and controlling birds will depend on which of the three situations you find them in.
1. Roosting birds
- Birds are more difficult to scare because you are denying them. there daily bread, however because they are feeding they are very easy to poison.
- Birds are impossible to scare because their mothering instinct is so strong they defy anything to return to the nesting site. Often in buildings you will have 4-5 generations of nesting birds to contend with.
We often find locations where you are dealing with all three situations not only on the inside of the building but also on the outside.
Birds carry a number of diseases (salmonella) food outlets. so control becomes a very important issue.
We need to understand why the species of bird is roosting where it is.
Normally they select there nesting place as it is a safe place. often at the highest point and often with a clear view for a flight path for an easy escape. These birds will return by habit to that same landing place day after day and further generations will continue to roost until they are forced to find another. When shooting and scaring is not an option then bird proofing of buildings is neccessary to stop birds from gaining access.
In some cases if you remove the bird’s feed can make them quite aggressive ie. magpies-seagulls-starlings. You need to find what they are feeding on and keep the area clean once they are in control.
destroy all bird nests and eggs and then treat the area where the nest were with ammonia.
Birds – depending on the species involved, a variety of control measures are available.
These include toxic perches, tacky chalk-like or liquid repellent material, and grain baits which contain a behaviour-modifying chemical that causes distress/alarm behaviour.
Mechanical methods include such things as netting, bristle-like metal bars, noise makers, etc. Based on the species involved and the physical conditions, proper control method(s) selection is made.
Regardless of the control method proposed or used, the customer/occupants should be advised of the potential health, insect or mite problems associated with bird droppings (guano) and nests before conducting control.
This is especially important when the birds are roosting within the structure. Be sure to wear proper respiratory protection and clothing before entering such a structure for inspection or control.
A transparent sticky compound. When applied to ledges and sills, will discourage birds from roosting.
Easily installed. Stops birds getting into roofs.
Alpha – Chlorose Barley, Wheat, Peas & Paste
A poison mix of 2.5% to kill any annoying birds.
Bird Scare Balloons
Developed in Japan to effectively control bird problems.
Bird Scare Owl
Made of heavy plastic and colored the same as an Owl
Plastic Rook Decoys
Made of heavy plastic and colored the same as a Rook
Metal tape, red on one side and silver on the other. Good for deterring birds from crops.
Other control methods.
bird distress calls – owls- kite balloons- gas guns-audios-recorded calls-cages-decoys-netting-bird off-flashing lights.