When it comes to pest control, prevention is generally better than cure and, where pigeons are concerned, the good news is that there are all sorts of different strategies and tactics you can employ to help keep these birds at bay.
Out-of-control pigeon populations can cause serious problems for buildings and their inhabitants, with the acid content within droppings deteriorating soft stone and causing long-term damage to structures. Dropping removal can be difficult, time-consuming and expensive, so keeping birds away from buildings in the first place is a good step to take.
Gutters and rainwater pipes can also be blocked by nest droppings and feathers, which in turn can lead to water damage. Pigeons can also represent a hazard to human health and carry various potentially infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, salmonella and ornithosis, which has pneumonia-like symptoms.
So what can be done to help keep pigeons away from buildings and other structures so you can continue operating as normal?
Stopping them from gaining access to your site is the best way to ensure bird numbers don’t become serious and there are various methods you can employ, including bird netting, post and wire, bird spikes, weld mesh, lasers or even bioacoustic technology that can scare them away.
What is worth remembering, however, is that birds are quite bright and they may get used to the deterrents you use, so it’s worth switching them up from time to time and checking that your strategies are still effective.
Calling in the professionals to help with this kind of work is a good idea, as well, because birds, their nests and their eggs are protected by law, so if you try to handle the situation yourself you find that you run into a spot of trouble later down the line.
If you do need help with pigeon proofing your roof, or any other work that involves bird pest control, get in touch with us today to see what we can do.