Do you have a pigeon problem but don’t know what to do to stop it? The answer is quite simple. Let’s take a look in more detail in the article below.
When most people think of pests and vermin they think of rats and mice. What we often forget is that uncontrolled bird populations can be quite a problem too.
Pigeons can spread disease, and their droppings aren’t just unsightly, they can make pavements slippery and can attract additional pests too. In addition, pigeon droppings are corrosive and can damage cars and stonework.
Meanwhile, the materials that they use to build their nests can clog gutters, contributing to drainage and other problems. Overall, pigeons are quite a serious problem.
Rather than trying to kill pigeons, it is often better to simply discourage them from nesting in your property and keep them away using humane methods such as anti-bird netting.
Bird netting is a form of strong, water-resistant nylon netting that is discreet, affordable, and easy to install. This netting prevents birds from landing on ledges or nesting on fascias and will stop the build-up of droppings too.
Bird netting is made of thin nylon and is difficult to detect from ground level, so it means that the original aesthetic of the building is maintained.
It works well for excluding not just pigeons but also gulls, sparrows, and other birds, although the size of the netting needed varies depending on the type of bird that you are dealing with.
To prevent pigeons from accessing an area, and also prevent them from being able to walk or perch on the nets, you should use 2 inch/50mm gauge netting.
Netting can be ‘extruded’, or ‘oriented’. The extruded style of netting can be diamond-shaped mesh, or square mesh, while oriented netting is usually made with square mesh.
The net is UV-stabilised, strong twine, and most varieties of new netting are fire retardant, although older nets that are already on buildings may not have been treated to be fire-retardant.
Note that nets come in different sizes and each size is bird-specific. A mesh big enough to stop a pigeon from being able to perch on it will be so big that smaller birds can pass through it.
Meanwhile, a mesh small enough to confound smaller bids may allow pigeons to perch on the weave.
Before you install bird netting, it is important that you fully clean the area around where the netting is going to be installed.
All bird droppings should be washed away, leaving a clean surface before you install any form of anti-perching device.
If you are planning to use the nets to exclude pigeons from an internal part of your property, such as an attic or lift, then you should remove any nesting materials, feathers, and other debris to prevent smells and to reduce the risk of insect infestation.
It is a good idea to work with a professional cleaning team to do this.
The correct installation of bird netting requires specialist tools, and the nets must be installed at the correct angle. As most nets are installed at height, it is important that health and safety best practices are followed at all times.
At Feral Bird Management, we offer a full bird management service including the supply and installation of tough, UV-stabilized, low maintenance bird netting. We help you to create a bird-proof enclosure for your property.
We have clients who use anti-bird nets to keep pigeons out of offices, sports facilities, plants, and warehouses. We also have other, more sophisticated solutions for airports and other larger facilities.
You can stop birds from nesting around your home using the 7 simple methods discussed here. If you are having issues with feral birds and need some help, then look no further than Feral Bird Management.
We have developed modern, sophisticated methods and approaches to eradicating most feral bird problems.