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How to Deter Birds

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How to Deter Birds

Pest birds can be a real problem for any business. Not only do they cause a mess, but they can also be a health hazard – and a little frightening especially when defending their nests. Urban pigeons and gulls tend to be the worst culprits, especially in towns and cities. Bird removal in these cases is made more difficult by a number of factors:

  1. Pigeons natural food is grain and seeds but they adapt to urban areas by scavenging processed food, such as discarded takeaways and food waste from dustbins.
  2. If they can find enough food pigeons can breed the whole year round, with a peak between March and July.
  3. Gulls will return year after year to the same nesting site, so once they’re established they’re hard to deter from a favoured location.
  4. Seagulls can live up to 40 years - during which time they continue to breed.

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Bird Removal Tactics

The best way to discourage birds for good is to remove their food sources, however in busy urban areas this is not always a practical solution. If birds are causing a nuisance at your business premises there are a number of tactics that you can try:

  • Removing access to nesting sites (for instance by putting barriers over window ledges) can be an effective bird deterrent.
  • Keep any possible food sources well hidden.
  • Make sure bin lids are secure and rubbish bags are not left in the open – gulls, especially, have sharp beaks that will make short work of bin bags.

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Rentokil’s Bird Treatments

Our avian specialists are experienced in how to get rid of pest birds at your place of work, whatever the location. Using discreet, cost-effective methods of pest bird removal like bird proofing or bird netting, we can resolve your pigeon or gull problem without harming the birds.

If your bird problem is more than you can handle, call us free on 0800 218 2210 as we’ve developed safe, cost-effective and eco-friendly solutions that deter nuisance birds without harming them.

FACT: Only three gull species are recognised as being potential pests: Greater black-backed gull, Lesser black-backed gull and Herring gull.

However, there are legislative implications with any actions taken that affect bird species. All wild birds (including their nests and eggs) are protected by law in the UK. Bird control legislation is governed by the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981).

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