Bird Proofing and Pigeon Control Services
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Bird activity is measured in levels of pressure.
High level: Areas where pigeons are roosting, nesting and rearing chicks.
Medium level: Areas where pigeons have been roosting for a long time and sites where regular food is found.
Low level: Areas where occasional pigeon activity is present. If this is ignored it often progresses into medium or high pressure.
There are a number of methods for getting rid of pigeons. One of the most popular forms of keeping birds away is to rig up netting. Pigeon control netting systems are designed and installed by our trained and experienced teams. Nets are attached to the building or structure by “hog rings” to a wire frame. This can be of stainless steel or galvanised, depending on location or customer’s budget. The nets can deny ingress to any bird species. This will be discussed and agreed during your free survey.
Nets can be incorporated with other systems such as spikes and mesh. Spike systems work well in protecting the front leading edge of buildings. It is intended to stop birds perching on the edges and fouling down the front of the property. Absolute Pest Control Ltd proofing technicians are trained in the use of scaffold towers, mobile platforms and abseiling. If you have solar panels installed, pigeons and other birds can cause real problems and even damage them to the point that they are unusable. Absolute Pest Control specialises in pigeon proofing solar panels and can help protect your solar panels from all kinds of birds. If you need help getting rid of pigeons around your home or commercial property, contact Absolute Pest Control today.
The use of the Birdnet system to High level pressure is one of the most effective and long lasting ways of proofing buildings and other structures against all urban bird species. The system consists of a 2mm stainless steel perimeter straining cable, which is supported normally by stainless steel fixings drilled into the structure at regular centres. The cable is tensioned using a high quality grade 316 stainless steel M5 or M6 barrel strainer and the net securely attached to it by stainless steel hog rings.
Heavy-duty M6 and M8 stainless steel netbolts are used in the corners or where points of abnormal stress occur. Intermediate fixings generally consist of 50mm stainless steel split pins inserted into 50mm nylon anchor rivets, or a HiltiHA8 zinc plated metal hanger on larger netting systems. Where we are fixing into cladding systems we are able to use a 25mm x 25mm right-angled bracket or a 40mm x 40mm plastic injection moulded base to avoid penetrating the surface material.
The Birdnet netting is constructed form high density ultra-violet stabilised knotted 12/6 polyethylene being chemically inert and rot proof in addition to offering a high resistance to a wide range of chemical and environmental conditions. The result is a high quality tensioned Birdnet sealing the perimeter area and preventing gaps appearing. Birdnet is available in four mesh sizes and various colours depending on the physical surroundings and particular species causing the problem.
Bird Point / Spikes
Birdpoint meduim to low level pressure is one of the most effective and robust point systems available, specifically designed for areas of heavy infestation. The angled wires increase the effectiveness of the system and eliminate the need for multiple rows on wide ledges. The dense pattern of protruding pins make it impossible for pigeons to land, moving them elsewhere without hurting them. The system is suitable for pigeons and gulls.
The 316 grade stainless steel or plastic wires are 115mm high by 1.3mm in diameter. Three types are available, single point, double point or angular triple point. They are locked into special slots in the base from underneath so they will not come loose. The base consists of UV stabilised acrylonitrile polystyrene, 50mm wide for the double and triple point and 30mm wide for the single point allowing it to be fixed along narrow stonework and architectural features. The system is bonded to the surface material using a strong neutral silicone adhesive.
The Birdwire system to low level pressure is one of the most widely used anti-perching systems in the UK. It is used to prevent feral pigeons and gulls from perching on the ledges of buildings. The system consists of nylon coated, spring-tensioned stainless steel wire supported by stainless steel posts, which are fixed into stonework using half round tipped nylon anchor rivets. The posts are available in various sizes and stainless steel split pins can be used to fix the wire into window reveals. The posts, springs, wires and split pins are made of corrosion resistant 316-grade stainless steel.
Birdwire is very versatile and a variety of special components and brackets are available to enable it to be fitted to almost any surface. For good reason feral pigeons are often referred to as ‘rats with wings’, and have become just as much of a problem as their furry, four-legged counterparts.
Pigeon Control: Bird Droppings Spread Diseases
One of the main reason to be getting rid of pigeons is the risk of disease. Problem pigeons carry diseases such as Chiamdiosis, a virus similar to influenza, and Psittacosis, similar to pneumonia, but poses a more serious problems to those with low immunity. Inhaling dried droppings can risk catching the disease and potentially spread infection. Diseases need to be transported from place to place in order to spread. Birds are a perfect mechanism for spreading disease because they travel great distances and harbour over forty types of parasites and can host internally over sixty types of infectious diseases. Our pigeon control services prevent pigeons and other pest birds from gathering and depositing droppings in damaging places.
Pest bird droppings cause millions of pounds worth of damage every year to buildings, equipment, roofs, ventilation systems and much more. Bird droppings are very acidic and eat away at many substrates, especially tar-based roofing materials. Pigeons, starlings and sparrows often build nests in rain gutters, corners of roofs where drains are located resulting in blockages that can cause flooding and water damage. If birds build their nests inside electric signs or other equipment there is a great risk of fire. Bird nests built in chimneys and ventilation systems can spread diseases through the system and block air-flow which can have horrible consequences. Poorly maintained air conditioning units can inadvertently transmit the highly contagious dried bird droppings directly into the entire building. This makes pigeon control an important task to complete.
Droppings and nesting materials on or around a building send a message to the public that this building is not properly maintained. One is forced to wonder how clean inside the building will be if they don’t even care about bird droppings, nesting or roosting on the building. The general public’s affection toward birds translates into a serious underestimation of the health risks associated with pest birds. People who would never tolerate a colony of rats living in their attic will turn a blind eye towards pigeons entrenched in the rafters of their roof. If you have problem birds, our pigeon control services are exactly what you need.
As unpopular as the humble pigeon may be, shooting the pest can be frowned upon by the general public. Other alternatives are available. We often use deterrents such as spikes, netting, pin and wire systems. Absolute Pest Control can also offer the services of a falcon to provide a natural bird control or we can cull. From netting to hawk pigeon control, Absolute Pest Control are experts at getting rid of pigeons.