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Anti-Roosting & Resting Measures; Protecting Your Properties

Do you own, manage a property or buildings suffering from any bird related problems, then this news article is for you. Seeing a wild bird flying or feeding can be a wonderful sight, and many of us spend money on bird feeders to attract wild birds into our gardens. In the UK, all wild birds and their eggs are protected by law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and generally we are a nation of bird lovers. However, some birds, particularly urban birds such as pigeons and gulls, can become a real nuisance, causing mess and public health concerns.

Birds roosting and resting around your business premises is a cause for concern. With a food source and a sheltered site, urban birds can congregate in large numbers, causing noisy, unhygienic, costly disruption, such as:

  • Damage to property – cleaning and repairing your building due to acidic, corrosive bird droppings.
  • Costly bird detritus – feathers, droppings, and nest debris can block gutters, and look unsightly, putting off potential customers.
  • Slip hazards – droppings on pavements can accumulate under roosting birds causing slip hazards for pedestrians.
  • Health risks – there are over 110  pathogens carried by pigeons, including air-borne diseases such as Chlamydia psittaci (Ornithosis), Cryptococcus neoformans, Histoplasma capsulatum, Allergenic particles (bird fancier’s lung), and food-borne disease including Salmonella spp., Escherichia coli, Campylobacter jejuni, Listeria monocytogenes, and Vibrio cholerae.

Call in the Experts

Health risks associated with birds cannot be underestimated. BBC news reported in January 2019 that two patients died in hospital after contracting cryptococcal fungal infection via pigeon faeces. Avon Pest Control recommend contacting a profession pest control agency to discuss preventative measures and to safely deal with any bird dropping clean up required around your business.

Which Bird Deterrent Product is Right for Me?

At Avon Pest Control, we offer a range of bird deterrent measures to ensure the most appropriate systems are available to safeguard your property. After careful inspection we will advise the most suitable anti-roosting and resting measures from the following bird proofing solutions:

Sprung Wire Systems

Bird wire is a discrete, humane, anti perch deterrent, commonly installed to parapets and ledges.  Small springs create tension which generates a sprung effect, preventing birds from perching on your property. Recommended as a pigeon deterrent by the RSPB.

Vertical Anti-Roosting Systems

This option is often considered to be the most efficient and cost-effective anti-roosting measure available, with a long lifespan. Whilst these spikes can appear to be able to harm birds, birds see the danger and do not land on the spikes. Recommended as a pigeon deterrent by the RSPB.

Optical Gel

This humane gel is a multisensory repellent. To birds, optical gel gives the appearance of fire, and gives off a strong smell, deterring birds from settling on your property in more low pressure situations.

Anti resting, roosting, bird netting protecting a farming business


 Suited to large surface areas in higher pressure situations bird netting creates a barrier between birds and your property, physically preventing access to the netted area. This solution is very effective, but requires correct installation and regular maintenance to avoid trapping birds

In addition to bird deterrent solutions, at Avon Pest Control, we also offer removal and clearance services including nest debris and guano, and biocidal spray treatment of waste and safe removal from site.

To avoid a Hitchcock style horror clean up, call Avon Pest Control today for specialist bird deterrent advice, information, and  product/ clean up pricing.

Happy New Year from All of US at APC


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