Pigeon and Seagull Control
Pigeons, seagulls and other birds can be a real pest with the noise and the mess. We’ll get rid of your bird problem quickly, cheaply and safely.
Pigeons and Seagull Problems in Brighton, Hove and Sussex
Although most people find birds attractive and pleasant, they can present serious problems when not controlled. Pigeons and seagulls in particular can become a serious pest that need controlling.
When seagulls and pigeons become a pest , they can cause plenty of problems. For one, bird droppings are particularly unpleasant, being infested with disease-causing organisms and creating slip hazards.
In addition, the bird’s droppings are unsightly and can cause serious structural damage to buildings.
Nesting materials and feathers often contain many insects, which can lead to secondary infestations of properties. Birds’ cooing and screeching cries, such as those of seagulls, cause major unrest in both inland urban areas and seaside towns.
In addition, birds such as sparrows, starlings and pigeons can cause economic losses to food-related businesses by fouling and eating food products being made or stored.(starlings and Sparrows were removed from the general licence in 2005)
Numerous diseases are carried or caused by birds, from both their bodies and their droppings.
Conditions caused by fungal spores in the birds guano include ‘pigion fanciers lung’ (extrinsic alveolitis), and ornithosis.
Diseases – causing organisms carried by the birds and passed in their droppings or via their feeding on human food stuff include Sallmonella spp., Escherichia coil, Cryptococcus spp., Chlamydia psittaci and Listeria spp., for example.
Pest control legislation regarding birds
The law on bird control is covered by both British and European legislation, the two main statutes are:
- The Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981)
- The European Bird Directive (1979)
Under the Wildlife & Countryside Act, there are General Licences, issued by Natural England, permitting authorised persons to carry out a range of activities, at any time, ONLY against birds of the species listed below.
- Canada Goose
- Collared Dove
- Greater Black-backed Gull
- Lesser Black-backed Gull
- Feral Pigeon
The purposes for which these licences are granted:
- To preserve public heath or public
- To preserve air safety
- To prevent the spread of disease and prevent serious damage to live stock, food stuffs for live stock, crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber, fisheries or inland water.
- Conservation of wild birds
Persons relying on this licence must be satisfied that non-lethal methods of resolving the problem are ineffective or impractical
Pest control methods
There is a wide amount of bird proofing systems on the market today to suit almost every application. The ‘bird pressure’ ( the motivation of birds to re-gain access to proofed area.) of the site must be assessed in order to choose the correct system.
Netting Heavy – pressure areas are characterised by lots of fouling, nesting material and even eggs. They are very sheltered and are used by birds nesting at night. Netting is perhaps the most effective deterrent foe such areas, as are some heavy-duty point systems, but may need to be supported by a local cull to remove persistent individual birds.
Medium -pressure areas are less sheltered but still heavily fouled. They are favoured daytime perching areas over looking food source. Netting, post –and-wire and spikes systems may be appropriate in these areas . However, birds are likely to be displaced to adjacent sites.
Low – pressure areas are exposed, occasional perching places with little fouling. Any proofing system can be used including barrier coil, spikes and gel.
Post – and – wire systems
Post – and – wire systems are tried and tested applications, which can be used on ledges, ridges and other structures to prevent birds gaining a foothold.
Pin (spike) systems
Pin spike systems (also know as spikes or pointed systems) are simple to apply, made up of strips containing various arrangements or upright metal or plastic pins to dissuade the birds and prevent them alighting on the surface, they are very adaptable and can be used to proof a wide variety of plain or ornate buildings.
Gel systems are applied to ledges using a chalk gun, and then painted with a sealing fluid to create a flexible barrier to birds feet- the sensation underfoot feels unpleasant and unstable to the birds, thus preventing perching.