The Importance of Bird Control – How to Protect Your Home or Business

Pest birds can be a serious health and safety threat if they aren’t controlled. It’s not the birds’ fault, of course, but their waste and nesting can cause problems for people and businesses if they decide to live in and around our homes and commercial facilities. Unfortunately, roofs, industrial units and factories are extremely attractive places for birds to roost, and while a single nest might become a workers’ mascot, a hundred pigeons won’t be.

The Risks

The fact is, that pest bird waste is acidic and can be corrosive to metals and machinery, and it can carry any of 60 known transmittable diseases. In areas where children play or where food preparation is taking place, birds can pose a serious health risk.

However, it’s not just the direct waste that is harmful, when birds nest they bring in debris from outside, can often bring in food and drop it on the floor, and their feathers go everywhere. If you are a business and a health official discovers contamination, they can close you down for days or weeks until it is properly dealt with. Allowing these birds in your space is a risk you can’t afford to take.

Take Control

Fortunately for you, there are a lot of ways for you to deter birds or remove them entirely. If the birds are resting, roosting or nesting on roofs, ledges, fences or walls you can try a deterrent such as bird spikes. These spikes may look scary, but are harmless, they simply prevent the bird from landing on that spot permanently. The spikes are often extremely cost-effective, and attach with an adhesive, screws, nails or ties.

Shock systems work similarly and aren’t going to leave you with fried birds. They work in the same way as electric livestock fencing; they simply deliver a mild electric shock which not only deters the birds from roosting there, but also is an effective negative-reinforcement method.

If the birds are roosting in an overhang, bird netting can often be an effective solution and isn’t unsightly. It simply blocks the birds’ access and they are forced to find somewhere else to go.

If the birds have found their way inside your business premises it can not only be difficult to get them out, but you may also have to search for their access points around the building, and if the problem is severe, you may have to call in professionals to help you. If the problem has only just begun, you may find an electronic bird repeller does the trick.

Electronic bird repellers come in a range of styles, but most use sound. Some allow you to play threatening bird calls, while others use ultrasonic frequencies. These can be especially effective if you don’t want to hear it yourself, but you do need to be aware that if you own pets or work with animals that they too will be affected. These kinds of repellers are ideal where other physical barriers are impractical or unsightly.

Laser bird control devices are also effective where physical deterrents are impractical. The laser beams scare away birds with colored light, instead of using sound which may be disruptive to you or local pets and wildlife, and can be used inside or outside.

If birds are putting your family, employees or business health and safety at risk, it’s important you act quickly to deter the birds. We believe in humane bird control solutions, so you don’t  have to kill the birds to kill the problem. Shop our site now to find effective and budget-friendly solutions.