What are the signs of bird infestation?

Unfortunately, birds don’t know that the ledge of your building, balcony or roof are not suitable places to build their homes. They see a perfect nesting site, usually accompanied with a good supply of food, all sourced locally.

The problem is that many pest birds such as pigeons and seagulls live in flocks and are very sociable. So, where there may be a few birds to start, this can soon escalate into an infestation of birds. Watch out for these warning signs:

  1. thames water guano clean 7The first signs of a bird infestation will be an upsurge in the number of birds you see roosting.
  2. This will lead to an increase in noise, especially if they have young, although this is particularly the case with seagulls, who are renown for being loud.
  3. What follows this is more nests being built, with feathers and debris being found.
  4. Birds do what they do, and you’ll discover a rise in bird droppings, principally where they roost. Bird guano or faeces can cause all sorts of diseases and health hazards, as well as slippery problems on pavements or steps.

Over time, a bird infestation can really damage buildings. You will see the signs of this in roof tiles moving and water damage through blocked guttering. Bird droppings are very acidic which can cause serious harm to brickwork and metal. In more recent years, we are also seeing solar panels which stop performing as well or not working due to birds nesting and roosting around them. 

How to solve bird infestations 

If you can spot any of the above signs early, you may be able to avoid paying the ongoing repairs and maintenance caused by birds with some simple and affordable bird deterrents.

Pest bird control involves a variety of methods to harmlessly and humanely remove the unwanted birds to another area. To find the most effective way to solve your bird control problem, having a survey conducted will firstly confirm you have an issue (if you’re unsure) and get recommendations for the best bird deterrent to use.

Bird deterrent techniques can include bird netting, bird wire and bird spiking on buildings or for larger area and solar panel bird proofing, electric or gel deterrents, laser systems and acoustic bird scaring work well.

Egg and bird nest removal is possible but only under the correct licence, it is an offence to remove any birds nest without a licence. There are large fines and even a prison sentence as all wild birds, their young, eggs and nests are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Whilst it is relatively safe to clear up a few bird droppings, if you have a bird infestation, you should use a professional bird dropping removal service. This will ensure all health and safety regulations are adhered to and it avoids the risk of diseases that bird mess can cause.

What other things can you do to help with a bird infestation?

Removing or limiting food sources for pigeons and seagulls will assist against increasing numbers of birds. While ensuring any litter bins are emptied regularly and rubbish is cleared away, will also help, as seagulls are notorious scavengers.

If you require further advice on bird infestations, get in touch with our bird control specialists by calling 0333 567 2020 or book a site survey today.

Author: NBC Environment/Orkin

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