If you spot an owl in broad daylight it’s likely to be fake. However passers-by are often fooled by the unblinking lump of plastic, stopping and staring for minutes, waiting for the hoot which never comes. They pull out their camera and only too late realise their mistake.
Some birds are not as easily fooled as humans. Plastic owls can be an effective bird deterrent for a while, but then the pigeon becomes accustomed to the non-threatening behaviour and quickly re-colonises its patch. Hawking scares birds away but must be practised at different times of the day to be effective.
Effective bird control is dependent upon understanding bird behaviour and can be divided into physical and behavioural modification. If you look up towards the skies in any town centre you’ll spot bird spikes and bird netting on buildings and office blocks. Bird netting is an example of physical modification of bird control and is used for high level infestations. It is highly versatile and can be used vertically or horizontally, in large or small areas, and attached to almost any structure.
Bird spikes can be used to stop pigeons or seagulls from perching on a ledge or roof. One of the most effective bird control solutions is Avishock which delivers a small electric shock to prevent birds from landing. Some larger birds such as gulls will try and tolerate the electrical pulse, hoping from leg to leg, until they can’t bear the irritation any longer and fly off.
Pigeons are particularly tricky to move along as they are fiercely territorial. Once they nest in an area they make that their home for life. But the good news is there’s a bird control solution for every bird and sometimes even a simple scarecrow can be the answer, for a while anyway!