Pest Control - Bird Management
Eden Falconry are able to offer several natural and humane options to assist you with certain bird management situations which may affect your business or personal property.
Urban birds such as pigeons, gulls, geese, ducks and starlings are great opportunists. Handed a ready food source and sheltered nesting site, these birds can grow rapidly and what initially attracted a few birds can soon become a thriving colony.
These birds carry a variety of diseases such as Ornithosis, Listeria and E.coli that can be transmitted to humans not only from the droppings but also the birds themselves. When dry, pigeon droppings can become airborne in small particles; these can lead to respiratory complaints such as Psittacosis. Not only that, bird droppings are known to be acidic and can corrode or erode metals, stonework and brickwork.
Often nesting materials birds us can block chimneys, flues and guttering, causing possible issues with carbon monoxide and damage to buildings as water overflows from blocked gutters. Buildings covered in fouling look and can smell unpleasant and projects a poor image of your business, potentially running an organisation's reputation. If customers spot evidence of a heavy bird infestation on a premise, they may not want to do business with you. Finally, closely link to bird activity such as nesting are parasites such as mites, ticks, fleas and beetles. So if you have a current or past problem with birds and have done nothing, you may find you'll suffer from a parasite infestation too.
BIRD MANAGEMENT & PREVENTION:
Bird prevention and control is a highly specialised skill. Control of birds through population reduction techniques is generally both less desirable and less effective then removing their food sources or blocking off sites where they perch or roost. The latter technique, known as proofing, is now used extensively.
For proofing, some pest controllers will use methods such as barriers, spikes, nets and wire to great effect. More recently active systems like shock strips, audible scarers and optical gels have been used to create negative associations in birds wishing to land or roost on buildings. All of these methods of proofing have their merits and some can offer a stronger and more lasting deterrent, but as with any method of control, they may become less effective over an extended period of time. For a heavy bird infestation, Eden Falconry would recommend employing methods of control such as flying our birds of prey as a more humane deterrent or shooting or trapping as a last resort.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is the primary legislation which protects animals, plants, and certain habitats in the UK. Eden Falconry operates within this act under the general license, which enables us to carry out control of certain species of birds.
For more information and details or for a free site survey please contact us or call 07704 432057.
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