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Pigeon or Seagull Infestation Signs

What should you look out for that might be a sign of a bird infestation? What should set alarm bells ringing?

  • Birds settling on roofs or ledges.
  • Continuous bird noises - cries, especially from young chicks.
  • Nesting materials strewn about your premises.
  • Damaged stock, from pecking and bird fouling.
  • Droppings concentrated in areas where birds roost.
  • Debris from nests and feathers, which may block guttering and drainage systems, potentially leading to damp damage.

 

Signs of a Bird Infestation

Birds are a nonsense pest to your home or business premises, depending on the location it  could be the ideal habitat for birds. Pigeons and gulls have learnt how to survive in most environments, scavenging our waste food and needing only the smallest amount of shelter to make their nests. Recognising the signs of bird problems with immediate action will reduce the time needed to effectively control your bird infestation.

Here are just some of the ways they’ve adapted to make use of the urban environment:

  • Pigeons and urban gulls use seemingly inhospitable areas of tall buildings and flat roofs to nest.
  • Balconies, ledges, chimney stacks, guttering and culverts are favourite areas for these birds.
  • Gulls in particular like to flock together on flat roofs.
  • Any gap larger than 25mm that allows access to your building is a potential entry point for pigeons.
  • Pigeons prefer roof spaces to roost in and can shift loose or damaged tiles to get in.

FACT: Pigeons are gregarious creatures living in flocks of anywhere between 50 and 500, so a small problem has the potential to turn into a much larger one.

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Diseases of Birds

Birds are known to carry a range of diseases, also hosts to other insect pests. Pigeons are host to ticks, fleas and birds mites. Infections can be spread to humans from their bird droppings and nests. 

Disease carried by pigeons and seagulls can make humans seriously ill. Avoiding a bird infestation is the first  step in prevention of the infestation. It is important to act fast to reduce health hazards. 

Some disease that birds carry:

  • Salmonella - bacteria disposed by gulls and pigeons, can lead to Salmonellosis and Paratyphoid fever
  • Psittacosis -Ornithologist or also known as pigeon Fancier's lung is an transmitted by inhaling bacteria from dried dropping or handling feathers.
  • Fowl - transmitted to people exposed to the faeces or other excretions from an infected pigeon.
  • Escherichia coli (E.Coli) - virus is mostly spread by seagulls, can lead to gastroenteritis and septicaemia.
  • Fungal infection - Carried by bird droppings leads to histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis carried in bird droppings
  • Bird mites - Feed on bird blood but will bite humans. these are found withing roosting and nesting places. 

Worried About an Infestation on Your Premises?

If you think you have spotted the signs of a seagull or pigeon infestation, call our avian specialists. We are experienced in bird control solutions, using discreet, cost-effective methods that won’t harm the birds or disrupt your business.

Don’t let the first signs of a bird infestation lead to a much larger problem. Contact us or Call us free and we’ll help you control nuisance birds affecting your business premises and your reputation.

 

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