Pigeon Control in London: Why Prevention is Key

Pigeons have long been a part of the fabric of London, and while they might seem like harmless little creatures, they can actually create quite a few issues for homeowners, businesses, and locals. Cities like London are popular hangouts for pigeons because they're full of food and great nesting spots. With so many people, businesses, and waste around, these urban areas provide plenty of meals for our feathered friends. Plus, the buildings, bridges, and other structures make for excellent nesting and resting places.

Pigeon NestingThe Problem with Pigeons in London

It's important to be aware that pigeons may carry diseases that can affect both humans and other animals, creating health concerns. Their droppings, while not pleasant to look at, can also damage buildings and structures or make pavements and walkways slippery. Additionally, pigeons might cause noise disruptions and even attract other unwelcome visitors like rodents and insects to a property.

Prevention as the Key to Pigeon Control

It is far more cost-effective and efficient to prevent a pigeon infestation than it is to deal with one after it has taken hold. By implementing pigeon control measures, property owners can reduce the risk of damage to their buildings and minimise the potential health risks associated with pigeon populations.

Effective Pigeon Control Methods

  1. Bird Netting - Installing bird netting around a property or structure can prevent pigeons from accessing nesting and roosting areas. This is particularly useful for commercial properties, where pigeons may be attracted to ledges, balconies, and rooftops.
  2. Bird Spikes - Bird spikes can be installed on windowsills, ledges, and other areas where pigeons are likely to land. The spikes deter pigeons from settling on a surface, making it less appealing for them to roost or nest.
  3. Bird Repellent Gel - Applying bird repellent gel to surfaces can create a visual deterrent for pigeons, as they perceive the gel as a potentially harmful substance. This non-toxic method is an effective and humane solution for pigeon control.
  4. Bio-Acoustic Bird Scaring - Bio-Acoustic bird scaring devices use bird distress calls or predatory bird calls to disperse nuisance pigeons from an area. These devices can be particularly useful in large, open spaces, such as warehouses or commercial buildings.
  5. Regular Cleaning and Maintenance - Keeping a property clean and well-maintained can discourage pigeons from nesting or roosting. Regularly cleaning gutters, removing food sources, and sealing any potential entry points are all vital steps in preventing pigeon infestations.

Pigeon and bird control in London is a crucial aspect of maintaining a healthy, safe, and clean environment for both residents and businesses. At NBC Environment, we understand the importance of prevention as the key to managing a pigeon population effectively. By implementing strategic and humane methods tailored to each unique situation, we can significantly reduce the risks associated with these birds and maintain the beauty and integrity of a landscape.

If you're looking for effective and humane bird control solutions, our London Bird Control team can help.

For further advice and information on any type of pest control, or to book an initial survey in London, call us on 0333 567 2020, or contact us today.

Author: NBC Environment/Orkin

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